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The Tortilla Curtain by T. Coraghessan Boyle

The Tortilla Curtain (1995)

by T. Coraghessan Boyle

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    Coyotes: A Journey Through the Secret World of America's Illegal Aliens by Ted Conover (Mrs.Stansbury)
    Mrs.Stansbury: If you would like to read a nonfiction account of illegal immigration try "Coyotes" by Ted Conover. Both Conover and Boyle attempt to be unbiased in their writing and open eyes to all sides of the issues associated with illegal immigration.
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    The Jungle by Upton Sinclair (mcenroeucsb)
    mcenroeucsb: Theme of workers' rights
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    The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (mcenroeucsb)
    mcenroeucsb: Theme of workers' rights
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    The Harvest Gypsies by John Steinbeck (cammykitty)
    cammykitty: These are articles Steinbeck wrote about how California has used immigrant labor in it's history. Nothing like The Tortilla Curtain, but it is interesting background and will give you something to think about.
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    Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (JuliaMaria)

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A wonderful story by an accomplished writer. This is his best. ( )
  CindaMac | Mar 26, 2017 |
Two distinct groups of people live north of the California/Mexico border, the haves and the have nots. The US citizens and the illegal Mexican immigrants. Each has an unrealistic view of each other. While many of the Californians think they are sympathetic to the immigrant, they oft times blame all ills on them and exploit them for cheap labor. The mexican immigrants who arrive here illegally, are looking for work to live a better life. They want what the Americans have and are furious at them for having it.
I am sympathetic to both sides but tend to lean more toward the Mexican's dilemma.

I think the author presented a vivid description of the situation but felt the book could have been edited down quite a bit. It made the point and then made it over and over again. ( )
  AstridG | Jan 23, 2017 |
I greatly enjoyed reading this book. The author did a great job in revealing both sides of the illegal immigrants issue. You can empathize with both couples throughout the story. It is not an uplifting story though so I don't recommend it if you are looking for a "feel good" book. I do recommend you read it though. ( )
  lynnski723 | Dec 31, 2016 |
Boyle is all about the clash of cultures and subcultures, and this one is among the best of his portrayals. (His other preoccupations are with a) man's relation to nature, and b) famous bizarre Americans.) ( )
  nog | Oct 10, 2016 |
This may be the best book I've read this year. It made me angry. It made me cry. It made me shake my head in frustration. The characters are over the top and exaggerated, which makes the message of the novel even more direct. I recommend it to everyone who cares about how human beings treat each other. ( )
2 vote kathleen.heady | Oct 2, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Boyle, T. Coraghessanprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Commandeur, SjaakTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Grüneis, RobertForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Häupl, MichaelForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Richter, WernerTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rosenblat, BarbaraNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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They ain't human. A human being wouldn't live like they do. A human being couldn't stand it to be so dirty and miserable. — John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath
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Afterward, he tried to reduce it to abstract terms, an accident in a world of accidents, the collision of opposing forces - the bumper of his car and the frail scrambling hunched-over form of a dark little man with a wild look in his eye - but he wasn't very successful.
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Winner of the Prix Medicis Etranger

Topanga Canyon is home to two couples on a collision course. Los Angeles liberals Delaney and Kyra Mossbacher lead an ordered sushi-and-recycling existence in a newly gated hilltop community: he a sensitive nature writer, she an obsessive realtor. Mexican illegals Candido and America Rincon desperately cling to their vision of the American Dream as they fight off starvation in a makeshift camp deep in the ravine. And from the moment a freak accident brings Candido and Delaney into intimate contact, these four and their opposing worlds gradually intersect in what becomes a tragicomedy of error and misunderstanding.

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The lives of two different couples-wealthy Los Angeles liberals Delaney and Kyra Mossbacher, and Candido and America Rincon, a pair of Mexican illegals--suddenly collide, in astory that unfolds from the shifting viewpoints of the various characters.

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