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Who Would Have Thought It?
A major rediscovery—the first novel by a Mexican American Woman María Amparo Ruiz de Burton was the first Mexican American woman to write novels in English and the first nineteenth-century California writer to publish a novel in the aftermath of the Mexican-American War. Her first book, Who Would Have Thought It?, tells the story of Lola, a young, orphaned Mexican girl res ...more
ebook, 368 pages
Published August 25th 2009 by Penguin Group US
(first published 1872)
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Aug 10, 2013 MJ Nicholls rated it really liked it · review of another edition
M.A.R.D. Burton is the first Mexican-American novelist (a female one to boot) and wrote two novels before her descent into poverty and obscurity. The second, The Squatter and the Don, is available in a Modern Library edition. Penguin Classics have her debut covered. An extremely busy satirical and romantic novel, WWHTI? reads like Dickens done at hyperspeed with plots and characters introduced in splendidly bitchy and melodramatic dialogue scenes, followed by time leaps of months and years, taki ...more
Wonderful, hilarious satire! Burton has such clever symbolism hidden throughout the book. She makes powerful statements about racism, patriotism, religion and wealth for the time period. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a humorous yet deep read.
The perspective that Ruiz de Burton, a woman born in Mexico, brings to the hypocrisy and underhandedness of United States policy makes her one of the country's essential nineteenth-century writers. She left us only two novels, and neither is terribly satisfying in terms of plot or character development. Who Would Have Thought It?, the first and in my opinion the better of the two, is tedious: A pregnant Mexican woman is abducted by Indians. She marries the tribe's leader, lets the tribe dye her ...more
Read for 19th Cent. American Fiction. Satire of names is funny, and some pointed commentary about the American belief about government being for the people contrasted with the reality of trying to get help from said government. End seemed rushed--not sure I really grasped what happened.