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I’m sure someone has already reviewed it as “an unflinching look” at life on the Mexican-American border, and I’d have to agree. For someone like me, it’s a reminder of the various faces of Mexico, and how easily we can hide them behind our culture, geography, history, and the mask we want to present to the world. No wonder “Into the Beautiful North” was so strong – it was based on real expereinces. Jan 23, Tana urrrea it really liked it. Mar 12, Karimi rated it it was amazing.

Just across the border in Tijuana, his home town, Urrea worked with evangelical missionairies to give aid to people living in the most severe kind of poverty–the kind of poverty we associate with India or Africa, not somewhere next to San Diego.


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It was inevitable that I’d get around to this, having accidentally read the follow-up a while back. If you’re looking to do more than merely A timely reread. In today’s climate of immigration reform, I think it’s important for all of us to put names and places to the people many want to condemn, simply because they want to find a better life. The purpose of the novel is to illustrate the lives of many Mexicans living on the urrrea and to also inform the reader about the struggles these Mexicans deal with.

Across the Wire: Life and Hard Times on the Mexican Border by Luis Alberto Urrea

When I first saw the cover of the book I seriously thought that it was another untrue made up story of the borderline of Mexico, but as I read I started noticing that it was awesome in so many ways, now I actually believe in that old saying ,” never judge a book for its cover. Some people might actually like this book as I do because they seek for true stories of different or random people deal with.

May 08, Susana Olague Trapani rated it really liked it Shelves: There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Keep that in mind as you read it. At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information. December 1, Imprint: It’s an assignment I have cheerfully met, although I can’t say reading this one was always cheerful.


Across the Wire

This was Luis Alberto Urrea’s first book. Luis Alberto Urrea looks unblinkingly at Tijuana in the 90s.

Though written 25 years ago, this little book stands as a huge testament to the realities of border life in Tijuana, Mexico. The review must be at least 50 characters long.

Another review It’s not easy to find words to review a book like this. An earlier work of Urrea’s, it’s not as gripping a narrative as The Devil’s Highway: Last time I checked, his talk given at UW was available in full on Youtube; it makes an interesting companion to this book.

While the stories are hard to read sometimes stomach-wrenchingthey are, I know, much harder to live. For obvious reasons I will not show text examples for these events but I will explain where they are While Urrea’s work was written some years ago, his words are still true today.

This book was a collection of essays written about the very poor in Tijuana. But imagine poverty, violence, natural disasters, or political fear driving you away from everything you know.

But surely you don’t have furniture?

All of the sudden, it doesn’t matter what I’m going to wear or eat tomorrow, or where I’m sleeping tonight.