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The Hummingbird's Daughter
Lars Guthrie's review
Jun 12, 2009
Yes, it's an outstanding piece of historical fiction and the reader can learn much about Mexico in the Porfirio Diaz era just prior to its bloody revolution. Yes, it's an extraordinary example of magical realism that can bear the weight of comparison to Gabriel Garcia Marques's 'One Hundred Years of Solitude." Yes, it's a breathtaking epic novel that sweeps the reader up with many finely drawn characters and exciting twists and turns of plot. In looking over the reviews, I agree wholeheartedly with these opinions. What is particularly interesting to me, and what I haven't seen mentioned in what I have read, is that 'The Hummingbird's Daughter' was written in English by an American who lives and teaches in Illinois. Mexico is us; we are Mexico. California, where I live, used to be in Mexico. While there is no doubt the United States and Mexico are two distinct nations, the border we have drawn is arbitrary and fuzzy, except to those who make maps and build fences. Indeed, to escape Diaz's thought police, one of the novel's more important minor characters moves to El Paso. Read this beautiful book to get in touch with your Mexican heritage. Viva la Santa Teresita! Viva la raza!
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