The Squatter and the Don
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The Squatter and the Don

2.92 of 5 stars 2.92  ·  rating details  ·  141 ratings  ·  12 reviews
“The Squatter and the Don, like its author, has come out a survivor,” notes Ana Castillo in her Introduction. “The fact that it has resurfaced after more than a century from its original publication is a testimony to its worthiness.” Inviting comparison to Uncle Tom’s Cabin, María Amparo Ruiz de Burton’s illuminating political novel is also an engaging historical romance....more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published November 9th 2004 by Modern Library (first published January 1st 1992)
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Megan
I always feel too bad about giving books 1 stars but this one was pretty close to getting only that. While the history of the book was interesting the storyline was just awful for me. The romance parts made me want to gag, I couldn't stand the character of Mercedes. It was just overall very hard for me to read this book I had to force myself to finish it, and honestly, if I didn't have to read this for class I most likely would have abandoned it half-way through. The last hundred pages read like...more
Dusty
Sep 04, 2009 Dusty rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dusty by: John Gonzalez
The first novel composed in English by a Mexican-American writer, The Squatter and the Don is to the Chicano/a literary movement a magisterial accomplishment, a must-read historical fiction about the blue-eyed Mexican aristocratic families who remained in the United States after — and were marginalized by the lackluster upholding of — the Guadalupe-Hidalgo Treaty that ended the war with Mexico.

The author, María Amparo Ruiz de Burton, sets her novel thirty or so years after the signing of the tre...more
Gabriel Oak
A literary masterpiece The Squatter and the Don is not. It's not enough to observe that it follows the conventions of the sentimental novel, though it certainly does that. There's all the sighing and fainting and blushing one could possibly hope for hear. But Ruiz de Burton was not interested in creating a masterpiece even of the genre, so the result is quite a bad sentimental novel.

But that is not to say that the novel is without either literary historical interest. On the contrary, it is a fas...more
Harrison
Apr 09, 2010 Harrison rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
Absolute misery to read-- never read this poshlost! I wish there was a no star option!
Den Slader
The current scholarship on the writings of Maria Ampara Ruiz de Burton’s most recognized novel, The Squatter and the Don, is relatively thin. Available criticism often addresses the themes of nationalism and racism prevalent in Ruiz de Burton’s literary treatment of the political fallout that followed the 1848 American annexation of California from Mexico. While her novel is most notable for her stunning ability to portray the emotional and economic impact of dividing and resettling the Mexican...more
J Preece
Mar 07, 2010 J Preece rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the American Supreme Court c. 1872
Maria Amparo Ruiz De Burton mixes ridiculous melodrama with in-depth political discourse in the newly-American California c1850 - 1880. Laws were enacted making it possible for white Americans to settle on and make claim to what had been Mexican owned land. Serious shit.

RDB throws in a Mexican-American romance for obvious reasons but then fails to acknowledge any kind of Mexican heritage or history, instead doing everything she can to favorably align Californios with white American high society...more
Laura
The main story was very interesting but there were some rather slow bits in it that often made me lose focus. The legal language can get a bit overwhelming also.
Kelli
This novel was assigned to me one year for an American Literature class. It was a bit difficult to get into, but it is a good story of how Americans stole land from Hispanics during the Gold-Rush era. The novel discusses the lives of an Hispanic family and an American family and how their lives differ, even though their lives are intertwined.
Alejandro
An oddly prescient Victorian style novel about the tensions between "Spano-Americans" and Anglo settlers in the wake of the Guadalupe-Hidalgo Treaty of 1848.
Leslie
This book started off okay, but as it went on I just wanted it to end! An interesting time period though.
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“Let us cry for the spilt milk, by all means, if by doing so we learn how to avoid spilling any more. Let us cry for the spilt milk, and remember how, and where, and why, we spilt it. Much wisdom is learnt through tears, but none by forgetting our lessons.” 43 likes
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