Only now as she sorts through family papers does she begin to know the woman behind the legend of her mother, the revered Salome Urena, who died when Camila was three. Suffering from the pain of loss through death and betrayal, both women find consolation in love for each other that makes everything else bearable; when Salome is suffering the worst of her consumption, it is in Camila that she finds her strength. Camila lauds her mother, Salome, for speaking out against tyranny; however, throughout the sections of the novel in Salome's voice, Alvarez develops a character who speaks out not only against tyranny but also for personal passion and the power of love, speaking out of the pain of emotional and sexual betrayal that she had previously endured in silence. Por una serie de casualidades In the Name of Salomé fue el libro por el que acabé conociendo a Julia Alvarez. Her mother dedicated her life to educating young women to give them voice in their turbulent new nation; Camila has spent her life quietly and anonymously teaching the Spanish pluperfect to upper-class American girls with no notion of revolution, no knowledge of Salome Urena.
Now, in 1960, Camila must choose a final destination for herself. It is based on the life of Salome Uren~a - a Dominican Poet who had a huge impact on her country. The fictional character in this book takes her bearings from this feminist hero. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. She was present at the crucifixion , and was among those who came to the tomb of Jesus on the resurrection morning. Shy and self-effacing, Camila's life is in stark contrast to Salomé's.
In the process of deciding her future, Camila uncovers the truth of her mother's tragic personal life and, finally, finds a place for her own passion and commitment. It is this descriptive imagery that keeps readers turning the pages, hoping to find the ultimate unification of a separated-yet-deeply connected mother and daughter, country and people, true freedom and expression. If I could see her face clearly, perhaps the words would rise up from the mute knowing of my heart. But when, at age sixty-six, Camila makes a decision to leave her comfortable life behind and join Castro's revolution in Cuba, she begins a journey to make peace with her past and bring the lives of two remarkable women full circle. From many infer that she was a sister of Mary, the mother of Jesus thus Meyer, Luthardt, Alford ; others as Godet dispute the inference.
Religion, when referenced, was either a hinderance or merely a cultural norm to be adapted to their purposes. In the name of Salomé. It is she, therefore, whose ambitious request for her sons James and John is recorded in ;. A revolution to save la patria ensued. Even family took a backseat to political and cultural ambition.
The author, Julia Alvarez trades off each chapter, writing one in the voice of Salome the mother , and the other with Camila Salome's daughter. It was a time where between children and work and the introduction of smart phones, I was starting to lose the ability to read books, and I didn't make it far in this one. They seemed misguided and mostly unhappy, constantly searching and striving for something that would not bring them real peace or joy and wrecking relationships with each other along the way. I also disliked the secular catholicism represented in the book. Everyone seems to be miserable as they pursue the elusive goal with various tactics and incredibly fleeting successes. This one was still good, but I didn't enjoy it as much. The content itself was good, but there were some elements that I didn't like.
Domingo has been told that she resembles her father and comes to her door, stuttering yet charming. Camila lauds her mother, Salome, for speaking out against tyranny; however, throughout the sections of the novel in Salome's voice, Alvarez develops a character who speaks out not only against tyranny but also for personal passion and the power of love, speaking out of the pain of emotional and sexual betrayal that she had previously endured in silence. The main theme narrows down to character's relationships, marriages and 18th century society. She sought for her sons places of honour in Christ's kingdom ; comp. Alvarez is giving a female perspective to historical incidents, which tend to be dominated by male points of view. This parallel representation of the Christian iconography, made even more memorable by based on Wilde's work, is as consistent with Josephus' account as the traditional Christian depiction; however, according to the Romanized Jewish historian, Salome lived long enough to marry twice and raise several children. And if part of that love is betrayal, can love overcome everything else? I particularly loved its structure; the chapters alternate between Salome and Camila's point of view, and while Salome's story starts at the beginning of her life and progresses toward the end, Camila's proceeds backwards.
Julia Alvarez has won a large and devoted audience by brilliantly illuminating the history of modern Caribbean America through the personal stories of its people. In his 1884 novel , Frenchman describes the depiction of Salome in Moreau's painting: No longer was she merely the dancing-girl who extorts a cry of lust and concupiscence from an old man by the lascivious contortions of her body; who breaks the will, masters the mind of a King by the spectacle of her quivering bosoms, heaving belly and tossing thighs; she was now revealed in a sense as the symbolic incarnation of world-old Vice, the goddess of immortal Hysteria, the Curse of Beauty supreme above all other beauties by the cataleptic spasm that stirs her flesh and steels her muscles, — a monstrous Beast of the Apocalypse, indifferent, irresponsible, insensible, poisoning. But in the end Camila finds her own place and her own homeland, where she can carry on her mother's work. The ongoing political struggles for power were not understood by the Salome, a mere girl at the time. Before becoming a full-time writer, she traveled across the country with poetry-in-the-schools programs and then taught at the high school level and the college level. In the Name of Salome is written about a famous poet from the Dominican Republic and her daughter. Desde ese momento, las dos historias van a correr hasta encontrarse, una hacia atrás, la de Camila, y otra hacia adelante, la de Salomé.
Todos sus hijos ocuparon grandes cargos o fueron grandes intelecturales, entre los cuales sorprendía Camila Salomé, la menor, que obtuvo un doctorado en Cuba, fue conferencista en América Latina, profesora en Vassar y terminó su carrera en la Universidad de La Habana y dando clases en su tierra natal. I would just recommend the others I listed above before recommending this one to anyone. She smells her anger--it has a metallic smell mixed in with earth, a rusting plow driven into the ground. The dysfunctional family inflicts one wound after another on each other as they strive for what comes to seem as the entirely impossible dream of peace in their country. News of the revolution in Cuba mirrors her own internal upheaval. Living in the 21st Century it is somewhat difficult to imagine anything remotely similar, interesting or slightly scandalous happening in a period in which rich men marry apparently beautiful women whose main ambition in life is to marry well. The access link will expire 48 hours after the time stamp on the invoice.