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A Beauty That Hurts: Life and Death in Guatemala

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"George Lovell is one of the few outsiders who has penetrated to the heart of the hideous tragedy that burns amid Guatemala's beauty. He takes us there with style, originality, and a calm understanding in this wise and moving book." -- Ronald Wright, author of Time among the Maya and Stolen Continents When A Beauty That Hurts was published in 1995, Guatemala was still one ...more
Paperback, 205 pages
Published January 15th 2001 by University of Texas Press (first published January 2001)
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Ron
Mar 12, 2010 Ron rated it really liked it
I read this book in order to prepare for a counseling course I am taking in Guatemala. I read it with the intention to understand the history and culture of the Guatemalan people. After finishing the book, I cannot help but recognize my connection to the devastation and ignorance to what was happening. This book has left me frustrated, apologetic, and humbled. I am born of Spanish ancestry, and have recently become aware of the oppressive nature of my culture. I have for a majority of my life be ...more
Jenny Lopez
May 22, 2014 Jenny Lopez rated it really liked it
This is a compelling read for anyone interested in the politics and socio-economic dimensions of Guatemala. The killings, the disappeared, the injustice at the hands of the Guatemalan government of so many Mayan is written about with concise analysis. That said I heard the author speak about this book and he is the one and only academic I have ever heard mention a particular concept and word about why he wrote this book and what is needed to dissect the unraveling of a country in order to help i ...more
Megan Bowers
Mar 26, 2016 Megan Bowers rated it liked it
Overall, this book does give you a good feeling for Guatemala and its history. It is clear that the authour is quite an expert about the country. Yet, the way the book is organized is kind of weird and has little cohesiveness... At first, the book is composed of short vignettes about Guatemalan people, then the book turns into a collection of newspaper clippings, and at the end it is like an academic essay on the historical context. It's all interesting, it's just kind of a strange way to organi ...more
Jessica
Mar 22, 2008 Jessica rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I enjoyed each of the three sections less than the one that came before it. Section one is a nice collection of personal vignettes that appeal to me on a professional and a human level.

The subsequent sections are less personal, and also less accessible, in my opinion. But it is a solid primer on Guatemalan life and history for novices like me.
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