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American Dirt (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel (edició 2020)

de Jeanine Cummins (Autor)

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Lydia Quixano Perez lives in the Mexican city of Acapulco. She runs a bookstore. She has a son, Luca, the love of her life, and a wonderful husband who is a journalist. And while cracks are beginning to show in Acapulco because of the drug cartels, her life is, by and large, reasonably comfortable. Even though she knows they'll never sell, Lydia stocks some of her all-time favorite books in her store. And then one day a man enters the shop to browse and comes up to the register with four books he would like to buy, two of them her favorites. Javier is erudite. He is charming. And, unbeknownst to Lydia, he is the jefe of the newest drug cartel that has gruesomely taken over the city. When Lydia's husband's tell-all profile of Javier is published, none of their lives will ever be the same. Forced to flee, Lydia and eight-year-old Luca soon find themselves miles and worlds away from their comfortable middle-class existence.… (més)
Membre:katihinds
Títol:American Dirt (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel
Autors:Jeanine Cummins (Autor)
Informació:Flatiron Books (2020), 400 pages
Col·leccions:USFSM Book Club
Valoració:****
Etiquetes:Book Club, Fiction, Suspense, Immigration

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American Dirt de Jeanine Cummins

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    The Beast: Riding the Rails and Dodging Narcos on the Migrant Trail de Oscar Martínez (aspirit)
    aspirit: Called "magnificent" by Cummins in an interview. Describes migrant experiences through Mexico from Central American to the USA, by a journalist who traveled with them.
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An expose article about the head of a cartel in Acapulco lead to the murder of almost an entire family. The mother and son of the author escaped, and now they need to run - all the way over the border to the United States. ( )
  lilibrarian | May 12, 2021 |
well written. Story of a mother and son, whose entire family was killed by the cartel in Acapulco. They have to escape and go to "El Norte". The experiences of the immigrants trying to cross to the USA ( )
  evatkaplan | May 9, 2021 |
I am well aware of the controversy surrounding this book, and it was a title I debated reading and reviewing. The last thing I want to do is alienate or offend anyone. But I did want to form my own opinion of this book, away from what everyone else is saying. I do wholeheartedly encourage all of you to actively seek out actual Mexican/Chicano male and female writers whose voices aren’t mainstream. ⁣
This book has been heralded as “a Grapes of Wrath for our times” and I wouldn’t go so far as to call it that. While more stories do need to be told about the migrant experience, I just didn’t feel that this book did those stories justice. I became disillusioned when I read more about the main character nearly falling in love with the head of a drug cartel, a person who is a poetry spouting-espresso drinking-intellectual as much as he is a ruthless killer. Every possible setback that Lydia and her son faced during their escape is resolved quickly and conveniently-good natured bank tellers and fellow migrants that give them the money they need, Border Patrol agents that are easily bribed or happen to be missing, to name a few. Those examples made it difficult for me to see Lydia’s journey as “harrowing”, compared to the stories I’ve heard of actual migrants. Terrible things did occur on her journey to the border, but they felt superficial and cliched compared to the real stories I’ve read about, whereas she didn’t succumb to many of the atrocities that occur to migrants. There are vivid descriptions of the stark desert landscape, but overall the writing in this book was mediocre.⁣
I’ve seen many comments about this book and it’s “trauma porn”, and while there are some passages that detail graphic acts committed by the cartels, I honestly didn’t find it to be as graphic as others described. I have read other books with far more graphic details; this isn’t to condemn the “lack of” violence, rather to just clarify it for readers who are concerned.⁣ ( )
  brookiexlicious | May 5, 2021 |
Heart-wrenching story of Central American refugees making the arduous and dangerous journey to the United States for a better life. This author has been criticized for cultural appropriation, but the story rings true. ( )
  FBGNewbies | Apr 20, 2021 |
What an eye opening story! We follow Lydia and her son Luca as they flee from a Mexican cartel. We all know of refuges that leave their dangerous countries and try to enter the US illegally. There are so many stories and situations. When we follow Lydia, we also follow the people she meets and learn their story. Recommended. ( )
  janismack | Apr 11, 2021 |
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I am an immigrant. My family fled El Salvador with death pounding on our door. The terror, the loss, the injustice of this experience shaped everything about me. I see no part of myself reflected in American Dirt, a book white critics are hailing as the great immigrant novel.
 
Let me be clear: because American Dirt contains multiple inaccuracies and distortions, the White US readership in particular will come away with a stylized understanding of the issues from a melodramatic bit of literary pulp that frankly appears to have been drafted with their tastes in mind (rather than the authentic voices of Mexicanas and Chicanas).

Ah, and there’s the rub. White folks and other non-Mexican Americans in the US: you CANNOT judge for yourselves whether American Dirt is authentic. You’re going to have to trust Mexicans and Chicanx folks. I know that runs counter to the upbringing of so many. I know it defies our national discourse.

Pero ni modo. That’s too bad.
afegit per kidzdoc | editaMedium, David Bowles (Jan 18, 2020)
 
Cummins has put in the research, as she describes in her afterword, and the scenes on La Bestia are vividly conjured. Still, the book feels conspicuously like the work of an outsider. The writer has a strange, excited fascination in commenting on gradients of brown skin: Characters are “berry-brown” or “tan as childhood” (no, I don’t know what that means either). In one scene, the sisters embrace and console each other: “Rebeca breathes deeply into Soledad’s neck, and her tears wet the soft brown curve of her sister’s skin.” In all my years of hugging my own sister, I don’t think I’ve ever thought, “Here I am, hugging your brown neck.” Am I missing out?

The real failures of the book, however, have little to do with the writer’s identity and everything to do with her abilities as a novelist.

What thin creations these characters are — and how distorted they are by the stilted prose and characterizations. The heroes grow only more heroic, the villains more villainous. The children sound like tiny prophets. Occasionally there’s a flare of deeper, more subtle characterization, the way Luca, for example, experiences “an uncomfortable feeling of both thrill and dread” when he finally lays eyes on the other side of the border, or how, in the middle of the terror of escape, Lydia will still notice that her son needs a haircut.

But does the book’s shallowness paradoxically explain the excitement surrounding it? The tortured sentences aside, “American Dirt” is enviably easy to read. It is determinedly apolitical. The deep roots of these forced migrations are never interrogated; the American reader can read without fear of uncomfortable self-reproach. It asks only for us to accept that “these people are people,” while giving us the saintly to root for and the barbarous to deplore — and then congratulating us for caring.
 
A self-professed gabacha, Jeanine Cummins, wrote a book that sucks. Big time.

Her obra de caca belongs to the great American tradition of doing the following:

1. Appropriating genius works by people of color

2. Slapping a coat of mayonesa on them to make palatable to taste buds estados-unidenses and

3. Repackaging them for mass racially “colorblind” consumption.

Rather than look us in the eye, many gabachos prefer to look down their noses at us. Rather than face that we are their moral and intellectual equals, they happily pity us. Pity is what inspires their sweet tooth for Mexican pain, a craving many of them hide. This denial motivates their spending habits, resulting in a preference for trauma porn that wears a social justice fig leaf. To satisfy this demand, Cummins tossed together American Dirt, a “road thriller” that wears an I’m-giving-a-voice-to-the-voiceless-masses merkin.
afegit per kidzdoc | editaTropics of Meta, Myriam Gurba (Dec 12, 2019)
 
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Lydia Quixano Perez lives in the Mexican city of Acapulco. She runs a bookstore. She has a son, Luca, the love of her life, and a wonderful husband who is a journalist. And while cracks are beginning to show in Acapulco because of the drug cartels, her life is, by and large, reasonably comfortable. Even though she knows they'll never sell, Lydia stocks some of her all-time favorite books in her store. And then one day a man enters the shop to browse and comes up to the register with four books he would like to buy, two of them her favorites. Javier is erudite. He is charming. And, unbeknownst to Lydia, he is the jefe of the newest drug cartel that has gruesomely taken over the city. When Lydia's husband's tell-all profile of Javier is published, none of their lives will ever be the same. Forced to flee, Lydia and eight-year-old Luca soon find themselves miles and worlds away from their comfortable middle-class existence.

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