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The Milagro Beanfield War by John     Nichols
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Mar 19, 07

it was amazing
Recommended for: Anyone, damnit.
Read in June, 1997

This is my favorite damn book of all time ever. If you don't like it, I'm liable to punch you in the genitals.

Ostensibly, the book is about a water-rights squabble in a small town in New Mexico. But the book is so much more: the differences between the Mexican and American cultures, believing in miracles, political dissidence, and all of the ridiculously awesome characters that the author breathes life into.

There's Amarante Cordova, the ageless wonder who has been dying since birth, only to outlive many of his own children; there's one-armed Onofre Martinez, who claims that he lost his appendage to a butterfly; pugnacious Joe Mondragon, the pint sized protagonist who starts the whole squabble; Milo, his guilt ridden lawyer who has to reconcile his white American background with his Hispanic wife; Horsethief Shorty, the foreman at the Dancing Trout ranch and crony to main villain Ladd Devine III; and a whole assortment of special agents, water rights lawyers, body shop and plumbing shop owners, angels and car thieving senile grandmothers.

The book unfolds in a blissfully organic, sprawling way. You'll follow different characters in different chapters, as they all deal with their own trials and tribulations, usually working at cross purposes with other characters. Things build to a climax involving the whole host of characters, and for a change in a town called Miracle, the good guys win one.
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Margaret Osborne And about my fave book ever, also. Don't have genitals, but am relieved they would be intact, if I did...


Marshall Your opening remark rules. And every bit reflective of the truth.


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Manuel If Arian went into a small town in northern New Mexico and referred to the local culture as Mexican, I think that he would be the one getting punched in his genitals,; particularly if he was as obnoxious there as he was when he began his book review.

As my father's parents if they were still alive and as my father would attest, all of whom grew up in nortern NM, the locals always refer to themselves as Spanish and resented being called Mexicans.


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