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Time of the Butterflies In the world of historical fiction there are few new and innovative writers and not often are new styles developed In the styles of Leon Uris and James Michener two prolific modern historical fiction novelists usually the main characters are chronicled over a short period of time in their lives and their feelings are used only to outline the political matters they are surrounded by In the Time of the Butterflies is a new breed of this genre in that it closely follows the four Mirabal sisters from their early childhood up until the very end and how the tyranny of the Dominican dictator Ral Trujillo affected their family Julia Alvarez an American of Dominican descent wrote the novel from the point of view of all four sisters at different times even using Ded Mirabals point of view in 1994 when she was interviewed by Alvarez for information Minerva Maria Teresa and Patria Mirabal were killed with their driver Rufino de la Cruz on November 25 1960 as a result of their underground opposition to the rule of Trujillo In the Time of the Butterflies follows these sisters and the sister that was not killed that day Ded from their time in grammar school Upon hearing horrible stories about Trujillo and his government each sister except Ded get involved in the secret resistance to Trujillo and the SIM a group of guards similar to a secret police The sisters have various encounters with the dictator the last after being in jail for seven months However much of the novel is filled with happiness and light-hearted feelings among all the characters The novel is divided into four parts there are three main parts and an epilogue The first two parts are with the exception of the sisters fathers death all about the joyful childhood the
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