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Krik? Krak!

Author: Edwidge Danticat
Publisher: New York : Soho Press, [2015] ©1995
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 20th anniversary editionView all editions and formats
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When Haitians tell a story, they say "Krik?" and the eager listeners answer "Krak!" In Krik? Krak!, Edwidge Danticat establishes herself as the latest heir to that narrative tradition with ten stories that encompass both the cruelties and the high ideals of Haitian life. Examining the lives of ordinary Haitians, particularly those struggling to survive under the brutal Duvalier regime, Danticat illuminates the
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Short stories
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Edwidge Danticat
ISBN: 9781616957001 161695700X
OCLC Number: 910294069
Notes: With a new story by the author.
Description: 223 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Children of the sea --
Nineteen thirty-seven --
A wall of fire rising --
Night women --
Between the pool and the gardenias --
The missing peace --
Seeing things simply --
New York day women --
Caroline's wedding --
Epilogue: Women like us --
In the old days.
Other Titles: Short stories.
Responsibility: Edwidge Danticat.
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When Haitians tell a story, they say "Krik?" and the eager listeners answer "Krak!" In Krik? Krak!, Edwidge Danticat establishes herself as the latest heir to that narrative tradition with ten stories that encompass both the cruelties and the high ideals of Haitian life. Examining the lives of ordinary Haitians, particularly those struggling to survive under the brutal Duvalier regime, Danticat illuminates the distance between people's desires and the stifling reality of their lives.

"Edwidge Danticat's only short story collection. Gorgeous 10th anniversary edition--complete with a new story! Examining the lives of ordinary Haitians, particularly those struggling to survive under the brutal Duvalier regime, Danticat illuminates the distance between people's desires and the stifling reality of their lives. A profound mix of Catholicism and voodoo spirituality informs the tales, bestowing a mythic importance on people described in the opening story, "Children of the Sea," as those "in this world whose names don't matter to anyone but themselves." The ceaseless grip of dictatorship often leads men to emotionally abandon their families, like the husband in "A Wall of Fire Rising," who dreams of escaping in a neighbor's hot-air balloon. The women exhibit more resilience, largely because of their insistence on finding meaning and solidarity through storytelling; but Danticat portrays these bonds with an honesty that shows that sisterhood, too, has its power plays. In the book's final piece, "Epilogue: Women Like Us," she writes: "Are there women who both cook and write? Kitchen poets, they call them. They slip phrases into their stew and wrap meaning around their pork before frying it. They make narrative dumplings and stuff their daughter's mouths so they say nothing more." These stories inform and enrich one another, as the female characters reveal a common ancestry and ties to the fictional Ville Rose. In addition to the power of Danticat's themes, the book is enhanced by an element of suspense--we're never certain, for example, if a rickety boat packed with refugees introduced in the first tale will reach the Florida coast. Spare, elegant and moving, these stories cohere into a superb collection"--

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