In the Time of the Butterflies | Literature Criticism Critical Review by Ilan Stavans

This literature criticism consists of approximately 7 pages of analysis & critique of In the Time of the Butterflies.
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Critical Review by Ilan Stavans

SOURCE: "Las Mariposas," in The Nation, New York, Vol. 259, No. 15, November 7, 1994, pp. 552, 554-56.

In the following mixed review, Stavans calls In the Time of the Butterflies "simultaneously invigorating and curiously disappointing."

Not long ago, I heard Julia Alvarez call attention to an intriguing linguistic tic in her native Dominican culture: When you ask somebody what's up and no easy reply can be found, people are likely to say, Entre Lucas y Juan Mejía. "Between the devil and the deep blue sea" isn't the right equivalent in English, Alvarez added, "because you aren't describing the sensation of being caught between a pair of bad alternatives."

"So-so" isn't the meaning either, because the Dominican expression isn't at all meant to suggest bland...

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