Haitian-born Danticat’s third novel (after The Farming of Bones and Breath, Eyes, Memory) focuses on the lives affected by a “dew breaker,” or torturer of Haitian. ABSTRACT. This article examines the representation of a violent and traumatizing past in Edwidge Danticat’s The Dew Breaker (), a collection of short. Edwidge Danticat’s brilliant exploration of the “dew breaker”–or torturer–s an unforgettable story of love, remorse, and hope; of personal and political rebellions;.

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Her first novel, Breath, Eyes, Memory an Oprah Book Club selectionwas published when she was twenty-five, and a year later her first collection of stories, Krik? Many of which have undergone laryngectomies and are no longer able to speak.

Even after a person has changed, does the past ever go away? The final chapter of this short story collection felt anti-climactic. Still, she could not have foreseen that civil unrest would break out in her native Haiti again, just before the publication of her new novel, The Dew Breaker, making the timeliness of its subject matter acute. Quotes from The Dew Breaker.


dantciat Feb 17, Bethany rated it it was ok. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Dec 18, Pages Buy. The final chapter begins by telling the story of a famous Baptist preacher who is captured by the Tonton Macoutes and meets a brutal end in the Casernes Dessalines.

It blew mine, at least.

The Dew Breaker by Edwidge Danticat – Reading Guide – : Books

The reoccurring, cyclical events, the parallels between characters, and the symbolic imagery breker each of the short stories is emblematic of Danticat’s tale of Marasa. How does he rationalize killing the preacher? Each story contains those who are haunted by a past ruled by dictators and violent torturers. She lives in Miami with her husband and daughters. It’s not that I want more facts I did spend some time with Wikipedia to get some background on the Duvalier dictatorship I just didn’t get much beyond what I found from a few paragraphs of wikipedia, and I would have expected more depth there.


If specific events hadn’t been mentioned, then it might not have been so disconcerting. Also by Cew Danticat.

The Dew Breaker

For example, in one house lives a Dominican social worker. I quite enjoyed Danticat’s method of storytelling, especially the way that it blended past with present and one individual with another. Perhaps another Macoutes character, other than the main one. Dec 18, Laura rated it really liked it. In the most evil hands, traditions can be used like a weapon against a people.

From its marvelous descriptions of place to the gentle opening up of characters, this is a book that engages the imagination. This description of its ghe makes The Dew Breaker sound as though it is a political polemic veiled as fiction, but this is not the case.

This book was hard for me to pick back up and complete.

Which is not to say of course, that any of the characters in this book are hollow on their own. Edwidge Danticat was born in Haiti and moved to the United States when she was twelve.

I have a confession to make. They would often come in the early dawn to take their victims away Supporting a child financially would be difficult with her sending half of each of her paychecks to her parents and with her keeping to herself, she does not have much of a support system.

I just finished a young adult book called Anacaona, Golden Flower. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. When they arrive at the church, they have a run-in with a lookalike of Haitian criminal Emmanuel Constant. Tue characters in it may never be able to shake their memories from their terrible experiences, but they all have been resilient enough to craft new lives for themselves that bear little resemblance to the old ones.

When he is a young man, he recognizes the barber from whom he rents an apartment as being the man who killed his parents, and he goes on a pilgrimage to visit Estina in her village and ask what he should do about this. The beginning was interesting and drew me in, and the end tied everything together adequately, but the middle was fragmented and choppy.


You have spent most of your life in America. From its marvelous descriptions of place to the gentle opening up of characters, this is a book that engages the imagination. For example, in “The Book of The Dead” we hear a story of a young woman who admires her father but was unaware of what he did in his time in prison. Together they flesh out a world that is much greater than the sum of its parts.

There were lots of churches and many devoted to Christianity. I always finish Danticat novels wanting more. Books of the Week. There are people from Haiti or the Dewidge, for example, who would reply the same way as this first generation American woman.

And like all immigrants, some of them succeed and some of them fail. As the book goes on, we meet other characters who have ties to Dwe who in some way have a connection to each other. And how does the last section of the story told in The Dew Breaker bring us back full circle to the beginning?

All that is drw with her is a small, light suitcase. Story line is a man with a deep dark disturbing secret. Do you feel that this book represents a departure from your previous works? Is this way of structuring the events more powerful than chronologically telling the story?