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The Resource Into the beautiful North : a novel, Luis Alberto Urrrea

Into the beautiful North : a novel, Luis Alberto Urrrea

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Into the beautiful North : a novel
Title
Into the beautiful North
Title remainder
a novel
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Luis Alberto Urrrea
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Language
eng
Character
Award
  • Booklist Editors' Choice: Adult Books for Young Adults, 2009.
  • Rainbow List, 2010.
Review
  • Nayeli, the Taqueria worker of Urrea's fine new novel (after The Hummingbird's Daughter ), is a young woman in the poor but tight-knit coastal Mexican town of Tres Camarones who spends her days serving tacos and helping her feisty aunt Irma get elected as the town's first female mayor. Abandoned by her father who headed north for work years before, Nayeli is hit with the realization that her hometown is all but abandoned by men, leaving it at the mercy of drug gangsters. So Nayeli hatches an elaborate scheme inspired by The Magnificent Seven : with three friends, she heads north to find seven Mexican men and smuggle them back into Mexico to protect the town. What she discovers along the way, of course, surprises her. Urrea's poetic sensibility and journalistic eye for detail in painting the Mexican landscape and sociological complexities create vivid, memorable scenes. Though the Spanglish can be tough for the uninitiated to detangle, the colorful characters, strong narrative and humor carry this surprisingly uplifting and very human story. (May) --Staff (Reviewed January 19, 2009) (Publishers Weekly, vol 256, issue 3, p35)
  • "Perhaps it is time for a new kind of femininity," declares Nayeli, the 19-year-old heroine of this engaging postglobalization immigration story from the author of The Hummingbird's Daughter . Nayeli's small village in the Sinaloa region of Mexico has been drained of its adult males, including her father, by the promise of El Norte , and taken over by some shadowy gangsters. Inspired by a screening of The Magnificent Seven at the local cinema, Nayeli decides to journey north herself, not to seek her fortune in "Los Yunaites" but to bring back some of the men who have abandoned their families and their country, thereby saving her beloved town. It would be hard to go wrong with such a premise, and Urrea rises to the occasion with a surprising, inventive, and very funny novel populated by an array of quirky characters. His fast-paced, accessible style has the crossover appeal of a John Steinbeck or Cormac McCarthy, while the politically charged undercurrent of the novel pulses with a compassionate vision of the future. Highly recommended.—Forest Turner, Suffolk Cty. House of Correction Lib., Boston --Forest Turner (Reviewed February 15, 2009) (Library Journal, vol 134, issue 3, p98)
  • Three Mexican se˜oritas cross the border with a gay escort in this good-humored road novel from Urrea (The Hummingbird's Daughter, 2005, etc.).The coastal town of Tres Camarones has gone from sleepy to desolate since its men went north to "Los Yunaites," looking for work. Luckily there are two strong women in town. Middle-aged Irma, a no-nonsense former bowling champion, is running for mayor. Her niece Nayeli, a dark-skinned beauty one year out of high school, is her campaign manager. Nayeli misses her father, one of the migrants, and treasures his one postcard, from Kankakee, Ill. After Irma is elected, Nayeli turns her attention to the crime wave she sees coming—though all we've been shown are two out-of-luck drug dealers. Inspired by a screening of The Magnificent Seven at the Cine Pedro Infante, she decides to head north and bring back Mexican cops or soldiers to help her deal with the bandidos. Joining Nayeli in her quest are Yolo and Vampi, her "homegirls," and Tacho, gay owner of La Mano Ca"da Taquer"a and Internet caf. The premise is weak, and Urrea keeps everything cartoon simple so he can get his show on the road. The town takes up a collection and gives the girls a big send-off. In Tijuana, Nayeli fights off some bad guys before being befriended by Atžmiko, ersatz warrior and authentic trash-picker, who insists on joining their mission. Using tunnels, they cross the border successfully on their second attempt. (This is well-covered ground for Urrea: See his nonfiction border trilogy, beginning with Across the Wire, 1992.) In a silly bit of farce, Tacho is arrested as a suspected al-Qaeda member. Meanwhile, the ladies spend time in San Diego. Their recruiting goes well. Yolo and Vampi find boyfriends. Nayeli, still single, goes back on the road with the liberated Tacho. They are heading for Illinois, her father's putative home, but the momentum has been lost and the ending is a fizzle.Minor work from a writer who has done much better. (Kirkus Reviews, April 1, 2009)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
304564
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DLC
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Urrea, Luis Alberto
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
Interest level
UG
LC call number
PS3571.R74
LC item number
I56 2009
Literary form
fiction
Reading level
4.2
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True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
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  • Young women
  • City and town life
  • Brigands and robbers
  • Illegal aliens
  • Return migration
  • Mexico
Label
Into the beautiful North : a novel, Luis Alberto Urrrea
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Contents
"Nineteen-year-old Nayeli works at a taco shop in her Mexican village and dreams about her father, who journeyed to the US when she was young. 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."--Provided by publisher
Control code
735058
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
342 pages;
Isbn
9780316025270
Lccn
2008039962
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780316025270
  • (OCoLC)248539798
Label
Into the beautiful North : a novel, Luis Alberto Urrrea
Publication
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volume
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  • nc
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
"Nineteen-year-old Nayeli works at a taco shop in her Mexican village and dreams about her father, who journeyed to the US when she was young. 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."--Provided by publisher
Control code
735058
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
342 pages;
Isbn
9780316025270
Lccn
2008039962
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780316025270
  • (OCoLC)248539798

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