Based on decades of research in the archives of seven countries, this definitive study of Villa aims to separate myth from history. So much attention has focused on Villa himself that the characteristics of his movement, which is unique in Latin American history and in some ways unique among twentieth-century revolutions, have been forgotten or neglected.
Moreover, this was one of the few revolutionary movements with which a U. In the second part, beginning in , Villa emerges as a national leader. The author analyzes the nature of his revolutionary movement and the impact of Villismo as an ideology and as a social movement. Friedrich Katz is Morton D. He is the author or editor of nine books on Mexican history. The last section was better than the middle and yet it was still too political - and modern day political at that.
In other words it was unexpected and very dry. This is a good overview of Mexico - especially the first section. Aug 12, Lisa Basile rated it it was amazing. This book is the perfect blend of fiction and non-fiction. Though it's labeled "fiction," it is told from the author's perspective in a dreamy lush way. The story tells the tale of Earl—or the narrator—and his relationship with "the old man of prieto. The respect and honor for telling history and beauty are ever-present, as is the book's hunger for the proper understanding of Mexico's history.
It's a b This book is the perfect blend of fiction and non-fiction. It's a beautiful read for all interested in Mexico's people, wars and history.
Plus, it serves as an encyclopedia for all things beautiful. Dec 21, Nicholas Kohler rated it liked it. A frustrating book, too brilliant to put down, but too woolly, repetitive and unfocused not to want to. The first half or so a fabulous historical and cultural overview. Things begin to break down badly around the Mexican revolution; at that point the judicious reader begins to see the merit of the book as something to dip into but not commit to entirely. Certainly well worth the effort, Shorris himself a fascinating character, and at its best his colourful writing a pleasure elsewhere it grows A frustrating book, too brilliant to put down, but too woolly, repetitive and unfocused not to want to.
Certainly well worth the effort, Shorris himself a fascinating character, and at its best his colourful writing a pleasure elsewhere it grows much too purple. Aug 26, Dave Clark rated it it was ok Shelves: history. Earl Shorris takes a very artistic approach to the telling of a complicated history of a complicated people.
He provides insight to the culture that is Mexico through his narratives of various people he has known and historical figures. He tries to invoke the voice of a people in his lyrical writing; however, his attempt is at times cumbersome and clumsy because no matter how hard one tries to convey the voice of Mexico it can never be captured by one man, much less a Gringo. May 29, Shan O is currently reading it. I've just started this one after returning from a trip to Arizona and Mexico to learn first-hand about immigration issues.
So far, it's fantastic. I'll have more on it later when I've gotten more than 25 pages into it. Jan 11, Tiffany rated it it was amazing.
Phenomenal overview of the history of Mexico up to current times, told through compelling narrative and great insight into how the different civilizations and Spanish rule contributed to current day Mexican culture. Must read if you are visiting Mexico city. Aug 04, Jenni Bradley rated it really liked it. Apr 05, Snooks McDermott rated it liked it. I actually like how he weaves historical information with his own experiences, but yeah, sometimes he waxes poetic and I start snoozing.
It's also long and dense, so I have to keep renewing it at the library. Otherwise, an excellent overview of Mexican history and culture. Jul 04, David rated it really liked it Shelves: mexican-lit , travel. It's a big book but very comprehensive. A tour de force.
If you are a gringo who wants to understand Mexico, and you aren't already Earl Shorris, you ought to read this. Jun 10, Cheryl Schibley rated it it was amazing Shelves: travel-memoir , non-fiction. One of the most interesting books on the rich history of Mexico.
A complicated country. Great read.
More Details Though it's labeled "fiction," it is told from the author's perspective in a dreamy lush way. Highly, highly recommended. Those who know and love me had brought me many books. Beautifully written and thought-provoking, Earl Shorris weaves a tapestry of a narrative that spans across centuries of Mexican history. See all 4 reviews. Though there are more than a few moments when Shorris's prose veers dangerously close to purple, the overall effect is a beautiful, passionate and powerful account of a nation that American readers can ill afford to ignore.
May 21, Carrie added it. Very interesting and informative but not linear.
View 2 comments. Mar 30, Janell rated it liked it. Lots and lots of corruption I finally did put it down a hundred pages or so before finishing, but I learned mucho about Mexico, the land that I love.
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Sep 17, k rated it liked it. The last quarter or third dragged, but I learned a lot in the rest of the book that I hadn't had any clue about. Mexico's history is I now have many books queued up to learn more about it. Aug 11, Jeffery Lee Radatz rated it liked it. I wasn't expecting a book like this I was looking for more history, like at the beginning, not from an Aztec point of view. Jul 10, Anne added it. One of the most comprehensive and best books about Mexico I have read.
Conrad Meil rated it really liked it Oct 04, Dc rated it really liked it Sep 18, Andy rated it liked it Jun 21, Thomas rated it really liked it May 20, Dennis Bermudez rated it it was amazing Mar 17, Brian rated it really liked it Dec 17, There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Whether correct or incorrect, exaggerated or true to life, these legends have resulted in Pancho Villa the leader obscuring his movement, and the myths obscuring the leader. So much attention has focused on Villa himself that the characteristics of his movement that in many respects make it unique in Latin America, and in some ways among twentieth-century revolutions, have either been forgotten or neglected.
The revolution he led was the only social revolution ever to occur along the border of the United States. It was also one of the few genuine revolutions produced by what might best be described as a frontier region on the American continent. Perhaps even more exceptional, this was one of the few revolutionary movements with which a U. Equally remarkable, the Villa movement was part of one of the few twentieth-century revolutions that still enjoy enormous legitimacy in its own people's eyes. In Russia, Leningrad has been renamed St.
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