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Antonio's Gun and Delfino's Dream: True Tales of Mexican by Sam Quinones

By Sam Quinones

Sam Quinones’s first ebook, precise stories From one other Mexico, used to be acclaimed for a way it peered into the corners of that state for its higher truths and complexities. Antonio’s Gun and Delfino’s Dream, Quinones’s moment number of nonfiction stories, does an identical for probably the most very important problems with our instances: the migration of Mexicans to the United States.Quinones has lined the realm of Mexican immigrants for the final 13 years--from Chicago to Oaxaca, Michoacan to southeast l. a., Tijuana to Texas. alongside the best way, he has exposed tales that support remove darkness from all that Mexicans search after they come north, how they modify their new kingdom, and are replaced by means of it.Here are the tales of the Henry Ford of velvet portray in Ciudad Juarez, the emergence of opera in Tijuana, the unusual goings-on within the L.A. suburb of South Gate, and of the drug-addled colonies of previous global German Mennonites in Chihuahua. via all of it winds the story of Delfino Juarez, a tender building employee, and modern day Huckleberry Finn, who needed to depart his village to alter it."Sam Quinones is a border legend. For these within the comprehend, his reportage has been reason for social gathering. Now, with Antonio's Gun and Delfino's Dream he's taking us at the back of the traces and undercover. He places a human face on 'illegal immigration,' and he offers us wonderful tales of survival and dread. notwithstanding, he accomplishes anything extra beneficial than a trifling parade of sensational set pieces--Quinones begins to place the complicated matters within the mild of knowing and hard-won wisdom."--Luis A. Urrea, writer of The Devil's road and The Hummingbird's Daughter

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Any grass or vegetation died, overrun by people or by pigs or dogs wandering leisurely. The mountain was quilted into tiny parcels of farmland. Meanwhile, Mexico City sopped up each wave of youths, whose remittances sustained the town and postponed any reckoning. So much of Mexico could be found in Xocotla. The government reported that almost two hundred thousand villages across Mexico had fewer than twenty-five hundred people each, yet never disappeared though their agriculture was nearly dead.

Their father was away in town. So Bermúdez, his mother, and his brother bundled up María and put her in a basket on a donkey. All night, they hurried down through the hills, accompanied by owls hooting and María coughing and gasping. An old wives’ tale had it that hooting owls meant witches were nearby, and this terrified the girl. They arrived in El Cargadero at dawn, meeting their father as he was heading for home. The trip had been too much for María. “My sister began to cry when my father held her and then she died in his arms,” Bermúdez said.

For three months in , only Vicente Fox garnered more media attention than the Tomato King. Bermúdez hadn’t expected it. He was a barnacled man unused to public speaking. But the attention grew intoxicating, and he welcomed reporters to town. 52 / CHAPTER TWO “The eyes of both countries are going to be on me,” he told them. “If this fails, the door will close to those in the United States who want to come down. ” The young businessmen who coalesced around him threw themselves into campaigning with an exuberance they didn’t know they had.

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