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Hasta no verte Jesus mio

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  1,087 ratings  ·  80 reviews
Con Hasta no verte Jesús mío, Elena Poniatowska deja de lado su oficio de periodista para adentrarse en el campo de la novela y lo hace con un personaje apasionante, fuera de serie: Jesusa Palancares. Esta mujer que crece en Oaxaca combate en la revolución, llega a la capital y se emplea como obrera y como sirvienta, también habla con los muertos, cree haber tenido varias ...more
Paperback, 408 pages
Published January 1st 2014 by Ediciones Era (first published November 4th 1969)
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Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: magic-realism
This is Elena Poniatoswska at her best. This fictional memoir opens a window into the turbulent times that precede the Mexican Revolution, following Jesusa (an orphan woman) through the entire country as the riots become a full blown war. A world of cruelty but also a world of hope all seen through Jesusa's eyes, which makes it all the more real. A true master piece of Mexican literature. ...more
K.D. Absolutely
Mar 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2008-2012)
The angst of a poor and illiterate but tough Mexican fighter and rebel during the 1930's. The mother of Jesusa Palancares died when she was a little girl and her father remarried. The women in his father life maltreated her so he left the house, joined the rebel forces and had her series of failed relationships. Although she was poor all throughout the story, she never self-pitied herself as her life experiences taught her to be independent and self-supporting. She never depended on anyone excep ...more
Barbara Sibbald
A "testimonial novel": blending documentary with fiction/storytelling. Supposedly it was groundbreaking at the time (1969). I don't doubt it. In the introduction, we learn that the author, Elena Poniatowksa spent years visiting and interviewing Josefina Borequez, a working-class woman: stubborn, self-defeating, and desperately poor most of her life, which spanned nearly the whole of the 20th century. The "chapters" read like short stories, loosely arranged around her age: young, middle, and more ...more
Here's To You, Jesusa! chronicles the life of Jesusa, a tough, argumentative, spirited, and pragmatic Mexican women who was a young adult during the Revolution. The book is in her voice, and she goes from one ordeal to the other, always managing to come out on top, no matter how challenging. She is very poor and doesn't settle down anywhere for long, so the book skips around quite a bit. This made it hard to read-- it didn't hold together very well for me, and I skimmed through some of it, and e ...more
Poniatowska was upset by this translation, and I've not read the original, but this good is still delightful. The blending of nonfiction and fiction is fascinating. ...more
Alex Romero
Aug 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely lovely, documentary narrative. Poniatowska's voice is vivid, splendid, and true. ...more
Jeaninne Escallier Kato
I rate this non-fiction tale of a soldada, woman soldier, during the Mexican Revolution up there with anything Toni Morrison has written- which is to say, stark, stunning and spectacular. Jesusa, the protagonist in Elena Poniatowska's novel, is based upon a relationship Elena cultivated with a poor woman who lived in the most dangerous section of Mexico City from the early 1960's to the late 1980's. She took all of her recordings and notes dictated by the real Jesusa and turned them into a novel ...more
Robin Binder
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incredible insight into a vastly different (and important) perspective in Mexico. New favourite book, and new favourite author!
Jun 28, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I could not finish this book. I did not like the main character or the nature of the story.
May 20, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
Elena Poniatoska gives voice to the voiceless; in Here's to You, Jesusa! she captures the experiences of Jesusa Palencares -- an impoverished Mexican woman, formerly a soldera married to an important Mexican revolutionary, and throughout her life tough as nails -- in Jesusa's own words. Do not confuse what she has done, here, with what ghost writers have done for Sarah Palin, Laura Bush and a number of other well-knowns whose memoirs are refined by a literary hand. Like Cuba's Miguel Barnet, Pon ...more
Todd Stansbury
May 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent work that falls into the trap so many other fictionalized true stories fall into. Jesusa ends up at the center of many historical events, including meeting Zapata as well as seeing Madero make his way into town. These invented scenes do not take away from the rest of the work, because it offers a great example of the life and position that women found themselves in.

Jesusa’s blunt voice is what really elevates the work. The reader gets a sense of a person who has been through so much a
Apr 01, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here's To You, Jesusa! chronicles (and honors) the life of Jesusa, a strong and steely woman living in Mexico. The book begins at the end of Jesusa's life, in the author's perspective, describing the way Jesusa was interviewed. The author never explains how she came into Jesusa's life, or why, which would have been nice. Frankly, I enjoyed reading the introduction more than the actual book, and those few pages gave me more insight into Jesusa's character than anything. Throughout the book, I had ...more
Apr 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this in Spanish [Spanish title is Hasta no verte Jésus mio:] and was delighted when it got translated to English so I could share it with those who don't read Spanish.

It's about a poor woman who lived in hard times, accompanying her soldier husband to the Mexican Revolution of 1910-1917. The war in the north of Mexico is terrible. They have accumulated some money and he sends her to Mexico City with a suitcase full of cash. When she arrives in the city, the money has disappeared and she w
Sep 12, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1001-books
And here we have Jesusa - uneducated, a bit stupid (maybe more stupid than 'a bit stupid'), stubborn Mexican woman and her life story which is not really fascinating in itself but it's as a breeze of fresh air in my readings because it is a story that is told in such a simple terms due to the narrator being such a simple human being. She is reckless, loud and barely compassionate. She had a hard life but she had so many opportunities to improve it that she wasted away. I think, I got used to rea ...more
Apr 11, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
After all those stories about damsels in distress and "and they lived happily everafter", it was refreshing to read about this... Well, antiheroine. Jesusa is stubborn, independent and very strong. The story is quite sad if you think about it, but it is also very interesting and very entertaining! I read it in Spanish I can not really imagine if the translated versions have the same language richness. To some extent, it is important to be familiarized with the history of the Mexican revolution, ...more
Apr 21, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1001
Elena befriended Jesusa, who related her story. Jesusa was a solderada in the Mexican Revolution. She followed her father and then her husband into the war. She lived a life of poverty and was often homeless. This story is harsh and beautiful and painfully real. It's a story of survival, from the point of view of a woman I would love to have met.

Food: sour Skittles. Hard and bitter on the outside, soft and sweet inside.
Melanie  H
More disappointed in this book by the end despite high expectations. The writer goes on weird tirades on certain subjects that don't necessarily tie into the narrative and thus seem more like the author is taking the time to air opinions. Jesusa remains an interesting character but cannot save the book from the poor writing style. ...more
Laura Avellaneda-Cruz
Funny, engaging, and muy Mexicano. Story from girlhood to old age, an adventurous woman from Oaxaca who eats from the sea and the trees, fights in the Revolution, dances on tables, and never learns to read but sure can count money. A survivalist who speaks en puros Mexicanismos.
Angelina Gomez
Jan 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this is one of my favorites. Elena Poniatowska is a great writer, giving the story a very detailed picture of revolutionary Mexico in general and the period after as well as the experiences and roles of women.
Jun 19, 2009 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up at the library sale...I had a hard time reading (and writing a paper on) the Spanish version of this book in college, and someday I'd like to read the English version to see what I missed! ...more
Aug 01, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Another book about a crabby Latin American woman who made poor decisions in every stage of her life - what's inspiring about that kind of story? The period details are the only redeeming factor about the book. ...more
Jul 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mexican-lit
After not enjoying her classic book, Massacre in Mexico, I wanted to give her a try. his book was a gem. The gritty story of this woman was hard to read at times and very sad. Yet Poniatowska never made it sappy and the story kept moving.
Dec 01, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: disliked, 1001-books
What a slog this one was! Jesusa was a paean for a cantankerous, cynical, 'mean' witch of a woman who the biographer, for reasons unknown, seemed to believe was a woman without peer.

My only joy in reading this book was finishing it.
Mar 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
great writing and insight into Mexican culture
Very moving. A stubborn woman but all through her life...all she did is fight never wanted help. She had no pity on anyone and certainly didn't want anyone's pity. ...more
Miami University Libraries
Elena Albarran read a selection from this book during the 2011 Women's Read-In. King Library (2nd floor) | PQ7297.P63 H313 2001 ...more
Apr 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Soo funny and witty.
Sep 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Poniatowska is at her best when her writing goes back to her journalist days. This testimonial novel perfectly presents the turbulence of Mexican Revolution and the building of a new Mexico.
Jan 07, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Currently reading and finding it to be an interesting view into a woman's life in Mexico ...more
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Hélène Elizabeth Louise Amélie Paula Dolores Poniatowska Amor was born on May 19, 1933, in Paris, France. Her father was French of Polish ancestry and her mother a Mexican who was raised in France. When she was nine Poniatowska's family moved to México City. She grew up speaking French and learned English in a private British school. However, her knowledge of Spanish came from talking with the mai ...more

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