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The Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle
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Jul 22, 2012

Read from July 19, 2011 to July 22, 2012

Candido's misfortunes didn't seem unrealistic to me. However, America's deference seemed ridiculous. Despite her inexperience and naivete, at some point she should have taken some responsibility. She continued to be left behind in the canyon after her rape--ridiculous. She allowed Candido to carry ALL the money when they went into town--really ridiculous. She did not register her baby's birth; it seems she knew enough to know that her baby was entitled to citizenship--ridiculous. She did not insist on going to the hospital when she came to the realization that she had contracted a sexually transmitted disease. I am not attacking her! However, as a mother, she shouldn't have put so much faith in Candido. What if he had been deported or killed?
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Teji I agree. But I still think the level of Candido's misfortune's were unrealistic. I mean, really, who causes a forest fire while trying to cook a free turkey?! However, I do agree with you--at some point America should have been more active--especially when you consider she was willing to go against his wishes and get a job, you would think she would ask questions when it came to the welfare of her baby...


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