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The Milagro Beanfield War de John Nichols
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The Milagro Beanfield War (1997 original; edició 2000)

de John Nichols (Autor), Rini Templeton (Il·lustrador)

Sèrie: New Mexico Trilogy (1)

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Joe Mondragon, thirty-six, is a feisty hustler with a talent for trouble, who slammed his battered pickup to a stop one day, tugged on his gumboots, and marched into an arid patch of ground. Then, illegally, he tapped into the main irrigation channel. And so began John Nichols' classic tale of the little guy against the big guy -- THE MILAGRO BEANFIELD WAR. From the Paperback edition.… (més)
Membre:AaronG_19460
Títol:The Milagro Beanfield War
Autors:John Nichols (Autor)
Altres autors:Rini Templeton (Il·lustrador)
Informació:Owl Books (2000), 456 pages
Col·leccions:La teva biblioteca
Valoració:*****
Etiquetes:books-i-own

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The Milagro Beanfield War de John Nichols (1997)

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I remember this book more than I do many others, so it must have left an impression ( )
  LGCullens | Jun 1, 2021 |
I thought this was an awful book. I know it's considered a great book. I had a reading guide and led the book group on this book. I tried so hard to like it but I really didn't even know what to say when I led the group. Other members really liked it and helped me out. Thank you! I appreciate the story and it is sad. ( )
  Chica3000 | Dec 11, 2020 |
In a New Mexico valley the power is held by one man and his company. Over the years Ladd Devine’s family has manipulated the indigenous peasant farmers, securing the majority of water rights for his proposed golf course / spa retreat while leaving the original residents with arid land, unsuitable for farming, or even grazing. So he’s been able to buy out the poor farmers securing more and more land and leaving less water for those that remain. Until one day Joe Mondragon decides to cut a break in the wall and divert water onto his late father’s field, so he can plant some beans.

I've had this book on my TBR "radar" for a bajillion years and I don't know why I waited so long to read it. I really liked it a lot! The quirky characters, the message, the humor, the pathos, and the landscape all made this an especially moving book for me. I could not help but think of my grandparents - we always referred to their property as a "dirt farm" - dirt being their most reliable crop. They were on their ranch / farm well into their 80s ... even after my grandfather had two strokes. He just got up and kept caring for the animals, tending the orchards, repairing the truck, doing whatever it took to keep on living.

So thank you, PBT Trim the TBR for finally giving me the "push" I needed to get to this gem of a novel. I can hardly wait to read it again!

If I have any complaint about the book, it’s about this edition’s AFTERWARD, where the author begins with: Actually, I’ve sort of had it with THE MILAGRO BEANFIELD WAR. and goes on to explain how distressed he is that this is the only book people seem to remember him for rather all his other works, some of which he believes are superior. But my disappointment with his little tantrum doesn’t diminish my enjoyment of the book itself. ( )
  BookConcierge | Dec 12, 2019 |
Excerpts from my original GR review (Apr 2009):
- It's very rare I don't finish a book, but this one easily came up short. I enjoy humor...and I think subtlety works better..
- To me, his insistence on imbedding every scene with ad nauseam madcap antics..is extremely tiring after about 300 pages, which is about where I raised the flag. He could've carved out at least half and made this an entertaining novella. [In the GR review I go on to list 25 latino names listed in ONE paragraph. Seeing this again, not sure how I made it to page 300] ( )
  ThoughtPolice | Jul 26, 2018 |
Not a horrible book, but not very good either. Nichols was trying way too hard to be cute/clever when he wrote and, mostly, does not pull it off. The book reminds me of two others that were written about the same time: The Monkeywrench Gang and A Confederacy of Dunces. Both of the latter books were much funnier, gave a better cultural perspective of what was happening in their little corners of the world, and were infinitely more fun and easier to read. I spent this past summer working in the same area that Nichols talks about (northern New Mexico), but I don't feel that The book was particularly insightful regarding the culture, even though he prattles on for some 450 pages. I'll not be finishing the trilogy.... ( )
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If I am not for myself, who will be for me?
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Joe Mondragon, thirty-six, is a feisty hustler with a talent for trouble, who slammed his battered pickup to a stop one day, tugged on his gumboots, and marched into an arid patch of ground. Then, illegally, he tapped into the main irrigation channel. And so began John Nichols' classic tale of the little guy against the big guy -- THE MILAGRO BEANFIELD WAR. From the Paperback edition.

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