The Farming of Bones has ratings and reviews. Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys White Teeth by Zadie. Praise. Praise for The Farming of Bones A New York Times Notable Book ALA Booklist Editor’s Choice “One of the Best Books of the Year”—Publishers Weekly. Edwidge Danticat’s The Farming of Bones is a historical fiction account of the Parsley Massacre, as seen through the eyes of Amabelle.

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Although they have more power that the dantjcat class Haitian, they are not seen as equivalent to people such as the Ignacios. It always leaves its thumbprints on you; sometimes it leaves for others to see, sometimes for nobody but you to know of. Taken in and raised by Valencia’s father, Papi, Amabelle is part of their household, personal servant to Valencia who is the same a Told through the eyes of Amabelle, a Haitian, who works for Senor Pico and his wife Dona Valencia on their estate in the Dominican Republic, The Farming of Bones is a story of the Haitian cane workers and the wealthy Dominican tue that rule over them.

View all 24 comments. Danticat’s novel isn’t so much about the massacre itself as it is about the massacre’s effect on people like Amabelle—people who for a time lived on two sides of a border, forced one day to choose one or the other.

Two-point-five stars This book really wants to be “literary” fiction, but it lacks the necessary warmth and depth. For one, the idea of hope in the midst of death.

While I found the writing a bit clumsy in parts Danticat is certainly effective in evoking the disorientation and utter incomprehension that one must experience in the face bonew this kind of mass violence. Still, there is hope that bohes day we will learn and will get it right. The Farming of Bones, by Edwidge Danticat. In this book, they are remembered, and in her story they all have names and faces. This made me keep turning pages to find out more about them and what fate had in store for them.


It is as though, in order for Danticat to relay this story which is filled with fear, violence and death, she must maintain a calm, firm less emotional tone in her writing, as the events described need no additional touches for affect – they are grim and gruesome enough as is. Amabelle assists in the delivery of Valencia’s twins.

boens This marked difference that the Haitians are unable to conceal, is like the mole of Felice. When Amabelle is not with Sebastien, her life is centered around Papi’s home and his relatives. Yet there remains a symbol hidden in some small act together, some routine to be remembered, and this becomes the silver lining for grief management.

Eventually she falls in love with Sebastien Onius, a worker in the cane fields; their lives are forever entangled as the events of gather them in. Statements consisting only of original research should be removed.

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Amabelle dreams of the deaths of her parents in a flood years ago, and then she dreams of Sebastien after his purported death as well. Views Read Edit View history. She is aware of the injustices and suffering that her compatriots who work in the cane fields suffer, but pushes this to the back of her mind, because her personal relations with her employers are more or less decent.

Sugarcane is a major product, as it is used to make the sugar for the popular cafecitos and dulce de leche.

The Farming of Bones by Edwidge Danticat

The stories which surround him, whether it be about his son contextualize the reality of working Farmkng in the Dominican Republic, who are forced to the bottom of the social hierarchy. This harrowing story balances its sadness with love interludes. Aug 22, Jen Fordyce rated it really liked farmming. Amabelle flees, separated from Sebastien, and tries to forge a new life that is nothing like the one she dreamed of. I finished yesterday, picked up two new books and could not read neither much because the lingering impact of Farming will not fade.


A beautifully conceived work, with monumental themes.

When he’s not there, I’m afraid I know no one and no one knows me. A NovelVolume 3. The Mayor of Casterbridge. Danticat even describes Sebastien with his sweat as thick as sugarcane juice and many of his defining scars a result of working in the obnes fields. As the Seora’s doctor explains: The last several chapters came together nicely and the conflicts of all the characters come to some sort of resolution.

The book begins before the actual massacre, but the climax of the book is situated and results from the massacre.

Often, her tales take bons the quality of a legend. So describes the experience of reading this book. She is serving a Dominican family, so far content with her life and her love Sebastian although her past was marked with the death of her parents.

The Farming of Bones

Don Gilbert is the owner of a rum company whose family first owned it on Haitian Soil. Apr 07, Diane Brown rated it it was amazing Shelves: In the final scene of the novel, Amabelle enters and rests in the Massacre River, winnowing through a handful of memories. She and Sebastian, a cane worker, are deeply in love and plan to marry.