Breath, Eyes, Memory (Vintage Contemporaries)

by Edwidge Danticat | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0679756612 Global Overview for this book
Registered by narfinmagic of Freehold, New Jersey USA on 12/1/2005
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14 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by narfinmagic from Freehold, New Jersey USA on Thursday, December 01, 2005
I have two copies of this book.

Journal Entry 2 by narfinmagic at Bookrelay in Bookrelay, Bookrelay -- Controlled Releases on Monday, December 05, 2005

Released 13 yrs ago (12/5/2005 UTC) at Bookrelay in Bookrelay, Bookrelay -- Controlled Releases

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Accepted by DreamSE22

Journal Entry 3 by DreamworldBooks from Brooklyn, New York USA on Tuesday, December 13, 2005
This looks very intriguing. Thanks so much for sending!

Journal Entry 4 by DreamworldBooks from Brooklyn, New York USA on Sunday, February 05, 2006
I actually could not get into this book. It wasn't really my cup of tea and it reminded me of something Oprah would make as part of her book club. I will be curious to see other opinions on the book.

Reserving for lauraloo29 since its on her wish list. :)

Journal Entry 5 by DreamworldBooks at Book Relay in Book Relay, Book Relay -- Controlled Releases on Sunday, February 26, 2006

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Sending off to lauraloo29. :)

Journal Entry 6 by lauraloo29 from Edmonton, Alberta Canada on Monday, March 27, 2006
Arrived today. The package did come damaged and I know some books slipped out. :( Poor books!

Journal Entry 7 by lauraloo29 at Edmonton, Alberta Canada on Thursday, October 25, 2012
This was an okay read.

I thought The Farming of Bones by this author was better.

Journal Entry 8 by lauraloo29 at Edmonton, Alberta Canada on Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Released 6 yrs ago (11/8/2012 UTC) at Edmonton, Alberta Canada

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Sending to the winner of the Oct Int'l RABCK Sweepstakes. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 9 by GronnLivsstil at Bryne, Rogaland fylke Norway on Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Thank you so much for the book. I'm not completely sure I'm the winner or the decoy quite yet, as this is the only book I've recieved from the sweepstakes thus far.

Thanks again for the book anyway. :-) It seems like an interesting read.

Journal Entry 10 by GronnLivsstil at Bryne, Rogaland fylke Norway on Tuesday, January 22, 2013
It was an interesting read.

Released 6 yrs ago (3/8/2013 UTC) at A winner of a RABCK Sweepstakes!, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases

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Sent to the winner of "EU Never won a Sweepstakes" hosted by Lesehest.

Journal Entry 12 by wingAndrasthewing at Klagenfurt, Kärnten Austria on Thursday, March 28, 2013
Thank you for this second prize! It will help me to cover Haiti and I'm looking forward to reading it!

Journal Entry 13 by wingAndrasthewing at Klagenfurt, Kärnten Austria on Wednesday, September 18, 2013
I enjoyed this book that had an overall female feeling to it. Written by a woman who has experienced some of it, the protagonists journey seems very emphatic. While some passages are a bit quick and the ending was a bit abrupt, the overall struggle of finding one's identity, freedom and voice inside oneself, inside a relationship and inside different cultural circles and societies was very engaging. I especially enjoyed the grandmother and the scenes in Haiti, as her position as guardian, wise woman and crown always comes with kind connotations.

Journal Entry 14 by wingAndrasthewing at Klagenfurt, Kärnten Austria on Thursday, September 26, 2013

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enjoy!

Participants:

vaga-bonde
Margih
Askeladda
Arvores
Edwardstreet
KiwiinEngland
book-a-neer
Billbooks
Aus-charlotte
Basikilos

Journal Entry 15 by wingvaga-bondewing at Pregny-Chambésy, Genève Switzerland on Monday, October 07, 2013
Found the book in my mailbox today. I will get to it ASAP.
Thanks a lot Andrasthe!

Journal Entry 16 by wingvaga-bondewing at Pregny-Chambésy, Genève Switzerland on Monday, October 14, 2013

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4 women tragically torn between two countries (Haiti and the US), their love for each other, and the desire to reinvent themselves and escape their past. Reading this (Edwige Danticat's first novel I think) made me want to read more recent books by this author.

Mailed today to Margih.

Journal Entry 17 by Margih at Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Monday, October 28, 2013
Got this book today, thank you. I have one book to finish before I can start reading this book.

Journal Entry 18 by Margih at Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Finished this book and I really enjoyed it! Haiti has always been a bit mysterious country for me and have tried to find books telling about it by Haitians. In Finland these books are not so easy to find so I am grateful for the opportunity to get one to be read. Thank you.

I will send this book to the next reader as soon as I get to the post office.

Journal Entry 19 by Margih at Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Thursday, February 13, 2014

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Book is sent to the next reader. Happy reading!

Journal Entry 20 by Askeladda at Skien, Telemark fylke Norway on Monday, February 17, 2014
The book has arrived safely in Skien today. Thank you for sending it, Margih! And thank you for using Mummi stamps:) I'm a great fan of Tove Jansons books and drawings!

Thhe book looks interesting. I have never read a book from Haiti before, but have just read one from Samoa and sendt it out in a ray. I'm wondering if the Haithi culture in this book will remind me of the describtion of the Samoian culture.

I'll have to finish the book I'm reading at the moment, so I won't start reading it untill next week.

Journal Entry 21 by Askeladda at Skien, Telemark fylke Norway on Monday, March 17, 2014
Almost finished reading my first book from Haiti. I enjoyed reading about the main characters upgrowing in Haiti and her reunion with her mother in the US, and how she learn from her mother more about her own shocking background. I found that part of the book quite engaging and interesting.

But suddenly the story made a jump forward and the main character returns to Haiti as grown up with her own daughter.

It disappointed me to not know of the time inbetween. I think I felt a bit like her grandmother and aunt must have done, that she had became a stranger, that I had missed so much of her growing up story. And really, that made my reading more heavy, in a way I lost interest in the story and now struggle a bit to finish the book. I will give it the last change on the train to/ from work tomorrow morning, and then I'll let it go.

Journal Entry 22 by Askeladda at Skien, Telemark fylke Norway on Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Wow! What a strong end of the story! I'm so glad I decided to read the whole book!! This book was really worth reading! From the fourth part of the book, reading went quick- and deep into my heart.

I find it so important that women write books about their experiences as in this book, which turned out to be what I will call an important book.

It's extremly provoking when abusing children is part of a nations traditional culture, it's impossible to see tradition as an abuse for someone inside a culture, you have to leave and be part of another culture to be able to look into your origin culture with "outsider" eyes.

A dramatic and sad end of the story, - with a strong hope of freedom and new beginnings.

I'll like to quote from a part of the book that really engaged me when I read it:

"i felt broken at the end of the meeting, but a little closer to being free. I didn't feel guilty about burning my mother's name anymore. I knew my hurt and hers were links in a long chain and if she hurt me, it was because she was hurt, too. It was up to me to avoid my turn in the fire. It was up to me to make sure that my daughter never slept with ghosts, never lived with nightmares, and never had her name burnt in the flames."

I'll try to see the book of to the next reader tomorrow! Thank's for letting me borrow the book!

Journal Entry 23 by Askeladda at by post, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Friday, March 21, 2014

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Travelling on to the next reader :)

Journal Entry 24 by wingArvoreswing at Viana do Castelo, Viana do Castelo Portugal on Wednesday, April 02, 2014
Arrived today with a nice postcard from Skien, in Norway, and an article about the author. How thoughtful. Thank you!

Journal Entry 25 by wingArvoreswing at Viana do Castelo, Viana do Castelo Portugal on Tuesday, April 29, 2014
I liked it better how the story runs in Haiti, instead of the New York parts. Somehow, it seems to have lost some rythm along the way, but it ends in crescendo.
It was a very good experience and I must confess it made me feel a bit emotional in some parts, like when Sophie leaves Tante Atie to go to New York and meet her mother. Tante Atie was, in my opinion, the most interesting character of the book.
It makes you think about this topic of women perpetuating a cruel tradition in which they are the ones who suffer the most. It's really disturbing.

I really appreciate the oportunity to read this book.
It will soon continue its trip around the world :)

Journal Entry 26 by wingArvoreswing at Wellington City, Wellington Province New Zealand on Tuesday, May 27, 2014

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On its way to New Zealand! I wish I could go along :-)
Edwardstreet will be the next reader.
Enjoy the book. And enjoy life.


Journal Entry 27 by wingEdwardstreetwing at Wellington City, Wellington Province New Zealand on Thursday, May 29, 2014
A letter box surprise. I found this after I returned from an overnight in hospital. Perfect for the 666 challenge I am doing. Will read this weekend , which in New Zealand is a three day weekend to mark the Queens Birthday ( although it is not her birthday this weekend !)

Journal Entry 28 by wingkiwiinenglandwing at Wellington City, Wellington Province New Zealand on Saturday, June 14, 2014
Sorry for interrupting the journal entries with a side journey.

I have a parcel to send to bookaneer, so to be economical and save carbon footprints I thought I would post this instead of Edwardstreet. We are in the same city, so it was easy enough to meet up.

And then, before I got to the post office I found myself enthralled with the story and have quickly read it. I enjoyed the writing style, and found it interesting that women living in all female households and trying to grow strong girls carry on traditions that are damaging.

Posting to Australia shortly.

Journal Entry 29 by wingkiwiinenglandwing at Wellington City, Wellington Province New Zealand on Saturday, June 21, 2014

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Off to the next reader in Australia.
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Journal Entry 30 by book-a-neer at Melbourne, Victoria Australia on Tuesday, July 01, 2014
Book arrived Friday. Will start reading it this week.

Journal Entry 31 by book-a-neer at Melbourne, Victoria Australia on Wednesday, August 13, 2014

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Thank you Andrasthe for organizing this ray. You always have really interesting books and I'm glad I had a chance to read this.

Some bits were a bit sad such as the "testing" which I felt was unfair and cruel to the girl. Made me think of the different practices in each culture that somehow does more harm than good. Still it was a good story. I liked Tante Atie the most.

Off to Billbooks who's next in line.

Journal Entry 32 by Aus-charlotte at Banora Point, New South Wales Australia on Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Have received from Billbooks and look forward to reading it when finished by current book.

Journal Entry 33 by Aus-charlotte at Banora Point, New South Wales Australia on Friday, June 19, 2015
Have finished the book, it was OK. I have just posted the book onto Basikilas today.

Journal Entry 34 by Basikilos at Rockville, Maryland USA on Friday, July 03, 2015
Just caught it!

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