Rigoberta Menchu. Leben In Guatemala
Testimony, or testimonio, is a literary genre that in many cases (although certainly not all) involves a testimoniante (one who testifies) and ...more
After reading this book, I found out that she had fabricated many important details in the story. On the very FIRST page, she te ...more
Rigoberta learned Spanish so she would be able to tell her story. (one apparently common to most of the 23 Indian co ...more
Horrifying how the mountain peasants are exploited by plantation owners on the coasts, living in subhuman ...more
The peasants (i ...more
This was written in 1982 (give or take a year) during the Guatemala's Civil War. This is her story about living and working in the antiplano (highlands) of Guatemala. It was a tough life. She had no formal schooling and she worked at such a young age. She had no childhood. She worked in the finca's (large estates growing cotton and coffee ...more
I, Rigoberta Menchú was written with the purpose to get a message out. This message, that Guatemalan Indians are fighting a great war against discrimination and hatred, was very effectively shown through the events of Rigoberta’s life. She is forced to work and work all day for pay that is mostly taken away from her. The Indians usually only get 5 hours of sleep and yet there is a stereotype that they are lazy. The ladinos of Guatemala often work in the same or similar conditions but do not see...more
It took me about a year to read this book, in small pieces, because it is very heavy subject matter, but I wanted to gain this insight into Guatemala's history.
There is controversy over the veracity of all of her stories, but I don't think that is the critical aspect of ...more
Regardless, I knew the story of Rigoberta Menchu's life/struggle/cause prior to reading the book and although I think the story is worthy, I found the delivery in this book to be less engaging.
Are the politics too old now?
I felt the ...more
Living in Guatemala for two years, including more than a year with the Poqomchi and Q'eqchi' Indians I was really able to relate to this book and understand how real the fight for equality was and still is to some level.
However, at times it was a little hard to get into the story. But overall it was still a worth while read.
A few years after the book came out, David Stoll (he has his doctorate from Stanford University) was ...more
By: Rigoberta Menchu
This book was absolutely depressing and quite a life for Rigoberta. This explains the life of one of those individuals who would be living in that community. It tells how a girl who have to get married to a boy; when eventually the girl must live up to her responsibilites and so as the child being born. On the other hand, things are not romantic as it seems. Life for Rigoberta was terrible because her mother and father were raped and tortured. Pre ...more
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