November 8, 2019

Looking Back - Breath, Eyes, Memory

Looking Back... In an effort to transfer my book journal entries over to this blog, I'm going to attempt to post (in chronological order) an entry every Friday. I may or may not add extra commentary to what I jotted down in these journals.

Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat
1998 Vintage (first published in 1994)
Finished in January 1999
Rating: 2/5 (Fair)

Publisher's Blurb:

At an astonishingly young age, Edwidge Danticat has become one of our most celebrated new novelists, a writer who evokes the wonder, terror, and heartache of her native Haiti--and the enduring strength of Haiti's women--with a vibrant imagery and narrative grace that bear witness to her people's suffering and courage.

At the age of twelve, Sophie Caco is sent from her impoverished village of Croix-des-Rosets to New York, to be reunited with a mother she barely remembers. There she discovers secrets that no child should ever know, and a legacy of shame that can be healed only when she returns to Haiti--to the women who first reared her. What ensues is a passionate journey through a landscape charged with the supernatural and scarred by political violence, in a novel that bears witness to the traditions, suffering, and wisdom of an entire people.

My Original Notes (1999):

Not great. Actually, kind of dull. I did enjoy learning a big about Haitian culture, but the story isn't very interesting and the author isn't very polished. Won't read more by her, I'm afraid.

My Current Thoughts:

I'm sure I read this because it was promoted by Oprah's book club. I wonder if I ever did read anything else by Danticat. I have no recollection of this book or any others.


  1. I think I read this in a book club about that same time, or maybe one of her other books. It didn’t leave a lasting impression — so I guess my reaction is like yours. I wonder what ever happened to her but I’m too lazy to check. THanks for the post!

    best..... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

    1. Mae, looking at her website, I see that she has recently published a collection of short stories. The title is Everything Inside.

  2. I love these look backs at old books. I'd love to start a blog meme in which we look back at old reads. I planned it out a long time ago but I haven't ever really gotten started with it. One of these days....who knew retirement would be so busy?

    1. Deb, I enjoy looking through my old book journals and posting these mini-reviews of what of was reading 20 years ago. I'm surprised that so many of the books are completely unfamiliar to me, while others stand out as if I had read them last month. It also provides a nudge to do more rereading of old favorites.

      Yes, retirement is VERY busy! The hours fly by. How did we do it all before when we were working??


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