How the García Girls Lost Their Accents

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How the García Girls Lost Their Accents Creat Julia Alvarez am Book Julia lvarez was born in New York City Her parents moved back to the Dominican Republic when lvarez was 3 months old and she was raised there until she was 10, when the family moved back to NYC She is currently writer in residence at Middlebury College and the owner of a coffee farm named Alta Gracia, near Jarabacoa in the mountains of the Dominican Republic The farm hosts a school to teach local farmers and their families how to read and write.. Uprooted from their family home in the Dominican Republic, the four Garcia sisters Carla, Sandra, Yolanda, and Sofia arrive in New York City in 1960 to find a life far different from the genteel existence of maids, manicures, and extended family they left behind What they have lost and what they find is revealed in the fifteen interconnected stories that make up tUprooted from their family home in the Dominican Republic, the four Garcia sisters Carla, Sandra, Yolanda, and Sofia arrive in New York City in 1960 to find a life far different from the genteel existence of maids, manicures, and extended family they left behind What they have lost and what they find is revealed in the fifteen interconnected stories that make up this exquisite novel from one of the premier novelists of our time.. Popular Book How the García Girls Lost Their Accents How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accent is Julia Alvarez fictionalized account of her childhood when she moved with her family from the Dominican Republic to New York following the 1960 Trujillo revolution. Her story is told in alternating chapters through the eyes of the four Garcia sisters- Carla, Sandi, Yolanda, and Sofia (Fifi) and follows them in reverse chronological order from adulthood to early childhood. Alvarez displays the Garcia de la Torre clan's love for the island on their path to becoming Americans. I read this as a reread for a comfort read for myself as Alvarez is one of my favorite authors, and I rate the Garcia's story 4.5 stars. I fell in love with Julia Alvarez' writing when I was in high school and college studying Latin American culture. Alvarez along with Allende and Cristina Garcia helped forge my love for Latin America that has shaped my entire life. Her writing is a mix of true stories, humor, and the angst the immigrant experience that has me reaching for her books every few years. The Garcia Girls is a fictionalized autobiography with Yolanda, the third daughter, being Alvarez' persona. Like Alvarez, Yolanda is a writer who begged for her own typewriter, studied literature in boarding school and college, and eventually became a literature professor at a myriad of colleges. Yet, like her true counterpart, Yolanda still yearns for the island. A first generation immigrant, she straddles two countries. This is the life that the sisters faced in New York while also dealing with parents who still clung to old world ideals. Alvarez paints a picture of a coming of age that was stressful for the girls as they had the added element of parents not used to the new culture which they were living in. This leads to memorable dialogues among the characters, especially the two parents. One of my favorite sections of the narrative is when an adult Yolanda returns to the Dominican Republic and asks her aunts where she can find guavas. Her aunts and cousins take guavas and other tropical fruits for granted living on an island. Yet, it is these little things that the Garcias miss the most having grown up in New York. Guavas, native flora and fauna, a compound of extended family. Yolanda eventually goes on an adventure to procure guavas, showing her independent American spirit. All the girls attend boarding school to learn to be Americans, and wow their cousins with the new found culture that they obtain. Yet this dual culture comes at a price- when the girls come to visit the Dominican Republic, they always are excited to return to the States. Other than poetry anthologies, this was Alvarez first full length novel. It is evident as her writing is not as polished as with some of her later writing. I have read her later works as well and her voice is better established in her later writings. Once she gained tenure in college her books take on a more relaxed tone and in two of her later nonfiction accounts I found myself laughing throughout the text. Yet, the Garcia Girls is what put Alvarez on the Latin American writing stage. It is a poignant work that addresses the Latin American immigrant experience, that I highly recommend to all.

  1. Julia lvarez was born in New York City Her parents moved back to the Dominican Republic when lvarez was 3 months old and she was raised there until she was 10, when the family moved back to NYC She is currently writer in residence at Middlebury College and the owner of a coffee farm named Alta Gracia, near Jarabacoa in the mountains of the Dominican Republic The farm hosts a school to teach local farmers and their families how to read and write.

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  1. How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accent is Julia Alvarez fictionalized account of her childhood when she moved with her family from the Dominican Republic to New York following the 1960 Trujillo revolution Her story is told in alternating chapters through the eyes of the four Garcia sisters Carla, Sandi, Yolanda, and Sofia Fifi and follows them in reverse chronological order from adulthood to early childhood Alvarez displays the Garcia de la Torre clan s love for the island on their path to becom [...]



  2. I was so intrigued by the title that I kept it on my to read list for years, but when I finally settled down to read it, I didn t fall immediately in love I felt the voices of the various sisters were too similar, and all of them seemed quite shallow However, it is not without its merits The book moves backwards in time, and the younger the girls got, the interested I became in their characters I especially liked reading about their lives before they moved to the States My favorite part was the [...]


  3. Julia Alvarez wrote one of my favorite essays in Why I m Still Married so I was really excited when I found a copy of this book for 0.50 at tha library book sale I read it on my way to Tucson last week, so I already latin food and culture on my mind I really liked the way this book moved backwards in time, working its way from Yolanda s trip back to the Dominican Republic in the 1990 s to her childhood on the island in the 1960 s For the most part, I enjoyed the book, but I thought it lacked det [...]


  4. I enjoyed this quite a lot, but I really think it should have been marketed as a book of short stories Instead it s a book of short stories that is called a novel, yet has none of the cohesion or overarching plot required of a novel, though the stories are all about the same four women It s also very obvious that many of these stories were originally published separately, as there s a lot of repeated background info, introducing characters as if we ve never met them before when it s the fifth ti [...]


  5. I had high hopes for How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez These hopes continued to grow after reading the two short stories The Kiss and The Rudy Elmenhurst Story These were both two very well written, expressive, and generally entertaining stories that did well in holding the reader s attention and delivered strong, powerful endings However, as I read on I could not get myself to distinguish between the four Garcia girls Carla, Sophia, Sandra, and Yolanda Although some stori [...]


  6. divagaciones de una poulain.blC mo las chicas Garc a perdieron sus acentos, traducci n literal del t tulo de la novela, empieza con el regreso de Yolanda a su isla natal, Republica Dominicada, a los treinta y nueve, despu s de cinco a os de no pisarla Sus t as la obligan a hablar en espa ol, aunque parece que se le han ido olvidando las palabras y lo nico que quiere es ir al campo a comer guayabas, ella sola, en un carro y sin chaper n, lo que resulta un esc ndalo entre su familia De all , empez [...]


  7. Maybe 3.5 stars It was told in reverse chronological order, by a few different viewpoints, which got a bit confusing Interesting novel about four sisters who grew up in the Dominican Republic and New York, and how their lives change because of that.


  8. As the title suggests, How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, is about four Dominican girls who moves to America and adjusting to the American culture, in terms of language, academics, and living standards Back in the Dominican Republic, the four girls, Carla, Sandra, Yolanda and Sofia all lives extravagant lives with their father All four girls can be described as extremely rebellious again their family and traditional values, where there are sex, drugs, and criminal actions were involoves, s [...]


  9. I think this is a great read if you want to learn about the immigrant experience If you d like to see how subtly machismo and anti blackness enters the daily lives of latinx families but how powerful they are, this would also be a good read.


  10. Many books make their way into high school classrooms Some of these books are met with great praise, while others are thrown into garbage cans never to be looked at again However, How the Garc a Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez is definitely a novel that does not deserve to be left within the grime of your trash The novel follows the lives of four sisters named Carla, Sandra, Yolanda, and Sof a who immigrate to the United States with their mother and father from the Dominican Republic T [...]


  11. Personally, I believe How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez is a pretty weak book Her inspiration from the book came from real life experiences as she lived in the Dominican Republic the first ten years of her life until she had to flee due to her Father s participation in a political rebellion Although this book depicts her real life quite well, I don t feel Julia does such a great job of getting her true emotions across by jumping from one story to another Also, I find it ha [...]


  12. Any amazing portrayal about a family from the Dominican Republic moving to New York One great part about this book is that it isn t from only one person s perspective It details the POV of daughters and parents, because they each had a different experience Some wanted to quickly become as American as possible, some wanted to hold strongly to their Dominican roots I love the way it is told via vignettes great for my short attention span But my favorite aspect is how the story is told backwards, s [...]


  13. First off, the reverse chronological thing just threw me I had a hard time understanding who was crazy when and when they were crazy, if it was really crazy or just stream of consciousness writing And as with a lot of minority authors, I don t see why they have to focus on only negative experiences I m sure the Garcia girls had a lot of good experiences which shaped them, but Alvarez chose only to focus on the negative There was so much sexual content in this book, I d almost feel uncomfortable [...]


  14. I absolutely loved this book It s set up like a series of short stories about the family told in reverse chronological order Here s why I loved it 1 Even as a second generation Latino immigrant the stories resonated strongly with me She perfectly captures that feeling of being between cultures.2 It was refreshing to see a loving father in the Latin American genre I feel like the few books that I ve read always have either an absent or deadbeat dad figure 3 It had a wonderful cast of four sisters [...]


  15. This is a beautifully written book But it s one of those works of fiction that isn t really about anything in particular Readers spend time with alternating Garcia girls in random order throughout a portion of their lives There is no plot to speak of The chapters are connected by the fact that one or Garcia girl is featured in each of them, but you could read them in any order you wanted without impacting the reading experience The chapters scenes hold your attention in standalone fashion as we [...]


  16. This is unlike any book I ve read before Structurally, it s a collection of inter connected short stories which isn t the unlike any book before part , and instead of moving forward chronologically, the collection moves back in time Each story takes place some time before the previous story This is sort of like the Memento of novels Except without the murder and tattooes and amnesia This collection mimics the way you get to know someone when you first meet them, you learn about the now, and then [...]


  17. Snapshot The four Garcia daughters come of age and into wisdom while negotiating the transition from being Dominican nobles to being America immigrants visiting the island Each section looks at an age in the life of the protagonists, beginning with their young adult lives revisiting family on the island Successive chapters go back in time 5 10 years each time, eventually detailing how each of the Garcia girls became deeply complex Garcia women.Hook This is a collection of first person narratives [...]


  18. Wow I was under impressed This is the story of sisters who were born into the lap of luxury in South America and then were forced to migrate to North America for political reasons But this is not the story of a family who had to struggle in America, it is the story of four girls, who even uprooted were never in a state of poverty and yet at some point in the novel each of the four girls gets looney and has to spend time either with a shrink or in a facility While the family was forced to flee du [...]


  19. The Women s National Book Association sent this book to the White House today March 20 in honor of Women s History Month wnba centennial book From the Women s National Book Association s press release When political upheavals force the Garcia family to flee to the U.S from their home in the Dominican Republic, they exchange their privileged former life for a modest existence in the Bronx Alvarez tells the story of their adjustment to a new culture in a backwards chronology, focusing on the very [...]


  20. I chose to read this book for an independent reading project for English class we had a list of authors to choose from and I d been meaning to read something by Alvarez for a while, plus I own a copy So I brought it on a long road trip and read the entire thing in the car luckily I don t get carsick when I read in the car any, heh heh.I thought it was a beautiful book amazing writing, a believable and emotional story, great characters It really sucked me in and gripped me the whole time I m glad [...]


  21. This felt like a collection of short stories than a novel, although the short stories were about the same 4 sisters It read like they should be separate and we didn t have to read one to know what was going on in the others, and kept being reintroduced to people we already knew I almost didn t finish it, but wanted to see whether it would redeem itself Disappointing.



  22. This is the story of a family, focusing on four sisters, that moved from the Dominican Republic to escape Trujillo to New York Alvarez tells the story backward, starting with the family when they are adults living in American and going back through their childhood in the Dominican Republic and their move to America There s a lot to delve into here the experience of moving to a new country, family dynamics within and outside of that experience, acculturating, etc The problem for me was that the a [...]


  23. I enjoyed this book the first time I read it but I enjoyed it even when I reread it Since I read this for the first time we have had an explosion of discussions in this country about immigration With that perspective I realized that I had glossed over the effects of immigration on this family and they immigrated legally with some language skills and employment However, fleeing Trujillo obviously added a traumatic element.I also enjoyed the backwards time line the second time I enjoyed everythi [...]


  24. Liked it a lotwanted to love it The organization was intriguinga look back from the adult Garcia Girls, through their teen years, and their childhood in NYC, back, finally to their early years as pampered princesses in the Dominican Republic, and the terrors that forced the family to abandon their home.Maybe it was because I read with my ears, and never heard a distinct difference in the sisters voices, but I never connected with them, even though Alvarez obviously worked hard to give each siste [...]


  25. I did not fall in love with this book I m not sure if some of it was that I was reading it on an airplane, but it was having a hard time keeping my attention and I had to kind of force my way through it It was like a series of vignettes in no particular order often, when a story is told out of order, there is some reason for it, but I couldn t figure this one out Also, as many others have noted, I had a hard time distinguishing between the four daughters There were names and numbers by birth an [...]



  26. Rarely do high school students enjoy the books they are assigned to read by their English teachers However Julia Alvarez s novel, How the Garcia Girls Lost their Accents, proves that among the tiresome texts, there are also some texts that are refreshing How the Garcia Girls Lost their Accents, describes the hard transition immigrants must make in order to feel at home in a new country Garcia sisters, Carla, Sandra, Yolanda, and Sofia move to the United States after their father gets into troubl [...]


  27. Es una historia interesante de cuatro hermanas, que consta de 3 partes y se desarrolla de la situaci n actual un poco antes de la publicaci n del libro a la poca en cuando estas eran ni as y ni ten an idea de que vivir an fuera de su pa s Pienso que esto lo hace interesante ya que la mayor a de los libros que he le do van en orden cronol gico ascendente y en la vida real conocemos a las personas primero antes que su historia, es decir en sentido inverso.Para mi tiene sus altas y bajas, aunque no [...]


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