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He tends to sneak them in near the end. Lists with This Book. Jun 12, Nick rated it liked it. How to write a great review Do Say what you liked best and least Describe the author’s style Explain the rating you gave Don’t Use rude and profane language Include any personal information Mention spoilers or the book’s price Recap the plot. Urrea’s writing is so concise and poignant that he conveys so much in acros a slim book.

Urrea does these things by telling narratives from his point of view, which is most commonly as a missionary attempting to give aid to people.

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He mixes wore personal experiences with in depth character analysis of the people he interacted with. Altogether I believe that this novel is a great read as it is both enjoyable to read and informs people of valuable information that many readers may not have even thought about before.

Urrea’s own stories–his childhood, his father’s death–help us remember that while we all have different stories, they can weave together with others’ in unexpected and ultimately life-growing ways. Mexican-American Border Region — Social conditions. The novel has the genres of Hispanic studies and Sociology as it gives detail acorss the actions and reactions of people and the situations faced by Mexicans along the Mexican-American border.

My life has taken n a new perspective.

This subjectivity can often be seen within the novel. Some of these stories may be hard to ingest, but life is messy. Before you read any other of his amazing books, this book would be a good place to start.

Since my enthusiastic reception of Urrea’s ‘The Hummingbird’s Daughter,’ my Dad has urtea assigned a couple of collection of essays by that author to me. Feb 14, Barbara Lovejoy rated it really liked it. He has thrilled at squalor and joked about poverty and its conditions in which people are infested with aacross, disease, and despair.

After working as a film extra, he joined a crew of relief workers helping the poor on the Mexican side of the border. Wirw the Trade Paperback edition.

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

By the Lake of Sleeping Children. Mexican-American Acrross Region — Economic conditions. Life among the border dumps of Tijuana, vignettes of an almost unimaginable reality as recorded through the eyes of a charity worker. The author has gone on to write many excellent novels and works of non-fiction since. He attended the University of California, San Diego, and earned an undergraduate degree in writing. It’s not easy to find words to review a book like this. This book was a collection of essays written about the very poor in Tijuana.

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He writes finally that “there is not much you can do, but you do what you can, and you dare to hope after all. Open Preview See a Problem? Colonial Latin American Literature: 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.

In today’s climate of immigration reform, I tbe it’s important for all of us to put names and places to the people many want to condemn, simply because they want to urrrea a better life. But imagine poverty, violence, natural disasters, or political fear driving you away from everything you know. He meets residents of the Tijuana city dump, visits rural orphanages with American missionaries, and goes on calls with a Tijuana police officer. Close Report a review At Kobo, we try to wie that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, urea any of our reviewer’s personal information.

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I also think this is necessary reading for anyone interested in sociology, social services, global development, poverty, women’s studies, chicano studies, Mexico, or human rights. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The Border Is Burning. Jrrea was Luis Alberto Urrea’s first book.

A True Storybut you can see that the path toward that book started with the recounti Absolutely heart-wrenching stories of life on the Mexican border, all of them tinged with what makes up life: Esperanza’s Box of Saints.

Born in Tijuana to a Mexican father and American mother, Luis has used the theme of borders, immigration and search for love and belonging throughout his work. Journey on the Estrada Real: In starting last month a reread of “Across the Wire,” and taking in anew Urrea’s volunteer work and its impact, I was inspired to hook up with the New Sanctuary Coalition and train to do Immigrant Accompaniment. From all this, he has written this book, which tells his story about the human beings that he has known, helped, fed, and sire in the outrageous, inhuman conditions of utter poverty.

This is not to detract from his well-crafted writing, nor to deny his always respectful and dignified treatment of his subjects.

The book as a whole felt a little choppy and jumpy, not as well written as it could have been. All of the sudden, it doesn’t matter what I’m going to wear or eat tomorrow, or where I’m sleeping tonight. This is unforgettable poverty, permitted dignity, related with thhe compassion and objectivity. There is some comic relief in an essay about a day spent with a Tijuana cop, a digression with the story of the death of Urrea’s mysterious father, and a final episode of hope, when a radio station organizes the presentation of Christmas gifts to the kids of the garbage dumps.