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Krik? Krak! Paperback – April 2, 1996
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And many important themes are dealt with in these deceptively simple stories. Most of them encompass three main issues: Poverty and hard times in Haiti, mother and daughter relationships and the self-awareness brought to each because of them, and the transition of immigrants. In Haiti a story-teller will say "Krik?" and anyone wishing to hear the story answers, "Krak!" and this is the basis for many of the stories Danticat writes. Although each story can be easily summarized, the underlying theme and unexpected conclusions reveal much more about life, especially a life of poverty and despair.
In "Children of the Sea", a young man on a ship from Haiti to the US writes letters to his girlfriend and Haiti and she writes letters to him, although they cannot send them to each other. In "Nineteen Thirty-Seven", a girl visits her mother, who is in prison for being accused of witch-craft.Read more ›
I read the first book--Breath, Eyes, Memory and was a bit disappointed after it got rave reviews that it wasn't more like this. This book is brilliant and it deserves comparison with Jean Rhys, Toni Morrison, Jamaica Kincaid, Alice Walker and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Probably one of the best books by an American writer in the last 5 years.
First, they transport you to a place you haven't been, the horror and terror of poverty-stricken Haiti.
Second, there is an arc to the collection as a whole. The stories taken together aren't as grim or horrifying as each one by itself. Together they tell of strength and perseverance in the face of difficulties and long odds.
Some of the stories are a little ragged, but the book in total is a riveting read.
Now, I'm not claiming that these stories aren't masterpieces--don't get me wrong. They are, I will agree, "classic," and they are full of brilliant examples of the power of the English language. I am, however, arguing that authors like Danticat--contemporary authors, who brilliantly present and deal with contemporary issues--are making very strong arguments as to the fact that they, too, deserve a place in contemporary English classrooms among all of the dead, white men.
In Krik? Krak!, Danticat shows readers a place that probably very few of them have ever seen--Haiti--and all of its complexities. Because this was my first piece of fiction I read about Haiti (Create Dangerously by Danticat being the only other book I had read), I was shocked by the bald, bold truth that Danticat shows us, about poverty, about family, about the United States, holding nothing back in her portrayal of "the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere" (as newspapers and essays are always so quick to remind us of Haiti). Danticat's short stories show us sides of Haiti that you can't learn from a history book, especially American history books, giving fictional names and faces to the very real struggle, perserverence, and strength of an entire nation.Read more ›
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I enjoyed my copy of Krik? Kral! It was beautifully written Loved reading it and could not put it down until it was completely read. Thank you.Published 19 days ago by Seraphina
Although I was not in Ms. Jones' class, I give this book 3 stars. It's filled with stories about how terrible Haiti is, and how terrible people can be. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Will
There is no question that Krik? Krak!'s short stories are gritty. Danticat doesn't hold back any punches as she gives us a glimpse into the reality of Haitian life through the nine... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Vamos a Leer
Really good short stories that combine together at the end with the characters names. Will want you to keep reading more . Fast shipping and in good conditions .Published 7 months ago by sincerelykatrinax3
Danticat never disappoints! She is just one of the most incredible authors I've ever experiencedPublished 8 months ago by Maya Smith
Read this book for my research paper. It was good. Danticat writes with such vivid language. Some parts made me cringe at the images she portrayed. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Chiina Campbell