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Into the Beautiful North

de Luis Alberto Urrea

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Nineteen-year-old Nayeli works at a taco shop in her Mexican village and dreams about her father, who journeyed to theUS to find work. Recently, it has dawned on her that he isn't the only man who has left town. In fact, there are almost no men in the village--they've all gone north. While watching The Magnificent Seven, Nayeli decides to go north herself and recruit seven men--her own "Siete Magníficos"--to repopulate her hometown and protect it from the bandidos who plan on taking it over. Filled with unforgettable characters and prose as radiant as the Sinaloan sun, INTO THE BEAUTIFUL NORTH is the story of an irresistible young woman's quest to find herself on both sides of the fence.… (més)
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Well-Written Story with Charming Characters

"Into the Beautiful North" by Luis Alberto Urrea is well-written story with charming, lovable characters. It is a quick and easy read, with smooth writing.

In the book, a diverse quartet of Sinoloan youngsters starts out in a sleepy coastal town. Most of them are 19-years-old when they set out on a quest for the United States, spurred by the main character's desire to find her father, but ostensibly to bring back "warriors" to defend the town from start-up gangsters. In the background is the town's new mayor, who encourages the journey because she wants them to make contact with a former lover. They are likable characters, people any reader would want to be friends with.

As with any heroic journey, there are pitfalls and hardships along the way. These obstacles show various aspects of Mexican and Chicano culture in both negative and positive ways. For example, while trying to enter the United States from Tijuana, the group makes their way to the sprawling municipal dump, a place of poverty, and drugs, but nevertheless they meet charitable people. On the other hand, one of the characters meets a BMW-driving tomcat with several maids.

In the United States, they marvel at the continued side-by-side examples of beauty and ugliness as their quest, like any other, falters. There are quite a few comparisons between Mexico and the United States, including the treatment of migrants in both countries, the difficulty of traveling, and the general meanness and charity of different individuals.

There are no stunning insights into human identity, but Urrea's story really shines because of the characters. Chapter breaks are very frequent, making the book easy to pick up and put down, but the plot moves along very quickly. Some readers might feel that the end is quite abrupt when one of the characters fails to accomplish a side-quest, but the book is still satisfying despite being a quick read. ( )
  mvblair | Aug 8, 2020 |
I loved this book. A story of a bunch of young girls from a Mexican village suddenly realising that there is nobody left to take them on dates, love them and raise a family with them. So they go off to the USA to try to bring back some Mexican's to reinvigorate the village and defend them from drug dealer's that threaten to take over. I really rooted for the characters and although it's a mildly far-fetched story there was truth in it and an overall feeling of hope, courage and friendship.
Best quote: No wonder Americans seemed crazy to everybody else - they were utterly alone in the vastness of this ridiculously immense land. ( )
  Lysann | Jun 3, 2020 |
This was an unexpected surprise. Novels about the American/Mexican border tend to be about violence and generally have a grim atmosphere. I read quite a few of those lately. However, this novel by Luis Alberto Urrea is written in a completely different tone, even though it also deals with crossing the border. It was actually very funny and made me laugh out loud several times. It is written as if it is a movie, actually, it would be great if someone did make a movie out of this.
The story deals with 19-year-old Nayeli, a tough girl who loves movies, is good at karate and who has lived in a Mexican village all her life. Most of the village men have left to work in the USA and some annoying drug dealers are threatening to take over the village. Inspired by the movie The Magnificent Seven Nayeli makes a plan to go to the USA and collect seven Mexican men there to come back to the village with her. This is the start of a wild adventure with some wild and endearing characters. What I really liked about this novel is that it doesn't stereotype Mexican people, as tends to happen lately, especially in political discourse. The characters in the novel are unique, diverse and personal. It actually makes fun of stereotypes. I truly enjoyed reading this. ( )
  Tinwara | May 26, 2020 |
Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea is a tongue-in-cheek road novel about a group of young Mexican women and their gay friend who, inspired by the movie “the Magnificent Seven”, head into the United States on a quest to bring back seven Mexican men to help defend their small town against the bandidos who are planning to take over.

Since most of their men have gone to America to look for work and then never returned, their town has become a town of women and nineteen year old Nayeli and her three friends, Yolo, Vampi and Tacho see a very dismal future with no men in their lives. They set off full of hope and even the set-backs that they experience along the way does not dim Nayeli’s spirits or purpose.

I was surprised by this rather light-hearted look at the complex issues that surround the border between Mexico and the United States, expecting a much more serious story. But the author’s detailed descriptions, strong characters and vivid narrative made this an uplifting road-trip story that both touches the heart and the funny-bone. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Jan 15, 2020 |
A beautiful story of the search for seven "magnificent" men (like the movie) to protect a Mexican village where most of the men have gone to the U.S. leaving it at the mercy of criminals in the drug trade. Nayeli and her friends bravely set off for the U.S. to find and bring the seven back to Mexico. I thought this would be a sad tale but although there are moments of anguish and misery there is much lighthearted humour to lift the spirits. Recommended highly. ( )
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Nineteen-year-old Nayeli works at a taco shop in her Mexican village and dreams about her father, who journeyed to theUS to find work. Recently, it has dawned on her that he isn't the only man who has left town. In fact, there are almost no men in the village--they've all gone north. While watching The Magnificent Seven, Nayeli decides to go north herself and recruit seven men--her own "Siete Magníficos"--to repopulate her hometown and protect it from the bandidos who plan on taking it over. Filled with unforgettable characters and prose as radiant as the Sinaloan sun, INTO THE BEAUTIFUL NORTH is the story of an irresistible young woman's quest to find herself on both sides of the fence.

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