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This excellent collection of short stories contain a number of characters that are tied together or linked in various ways, even though often these characters are shown to be physically separate from each other. Consider "Children of the Sea," in which we discover that the male lover who writes letters to his beloved is actually in a boat fleeing Haiti and miles away from his girlfriend. However, they are shown to be connect and tied together in spite of this distance.
"Nineteen Thirty-Seven" is another excellent example of this in action, as Josephine feels isolated and cut off from her mother when she goes to visit her in jail where she is being imprisoned for the supposed crime of being a witch. Josephine finds that she is unable to communicate with her mother, and is therefore estranged from her. However, after her mother's death, Josephine comes to realise that the importance of her relationship with her mother is not actually broken by death and that they are still tied together in spite of her mother's demise.
Therefore we can see that in this collection of stories, characters are tied together often in defiance of the powers of society and of life itself that would threaten to pull them apart. This work is therefore partly a testament to the human will to triumph over such external forces that can be so powerful.
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