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The Milagro Beanfield War by John     Nichols
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Jan 21, 2011

really liked it
Read in January, 2011

This is quite a book...the characters (and there are lots of them!) are real, hilarious, touching, and some are mean-spirited and selfish. Taking place in a small town in northern New Mexico, Milagro, it's a story about Joe Mondragon, 36, frustrated and poor, who illegally taps into the main irrigation system to water his bean field. So begins the "War" between Joe, the locals who finally support him, and Big Business. There's lots of magical realism, the beauty of a small community and the outlying lands where the Milagro citizens have grown up for centuries, economic strife, hilarious scenarios, and the many personalities on both sides of the "war" who struggle with their consciences, their dreams, personal realationships. There are many layers to this's a great read that cries out to be discussed. I watched Robert Redford's 1988 movie of the same name, and loved the scenery and characters...but SO much is missing from the book!

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