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Into the Beautiful North (edition 2010)

by Luis Albert Urrea

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Title:Into the Beautiful North
Authors:Luis Albert Urrea
Info:Little Brown P/B (2010), Paperback, 384 pages
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Poughkeepsie's Big Read 2016 is this novel by Luis Alberto Urrea. Wonderfully written, Into the Beautiful North is the story of Nayeli who inspired by the movie The Magnificent Seven, dares with 3 of her friends to head north over the border into the United States to locate 7 men to return back to her home town in order to stop the banditos from taking up residency. Replete with humor and fine prose, Into the Beautiful North is Nayeli's story and quest to find her father and bring him home again. ( )
  phoenixcomet | Sep 13, 2016 |
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  danbrady | Apr 8, 2016 |
When the small village of Tres Camarones in southern Mexico is threatened by drug dealers a group of teenagers volunteer to head north to America and bring home able-bodied men to protect the village. Inspired by watching the film 'The Magnificent Seven' they intend to smuggle back into Mexico men who might help in their protection.
Most of the men, including protagonist Nayeli's father, left for a better life intending to send money home at some time but as it appears just abandoned their families leaving women, children and a gay teenage boy to manage the town.
Nayeli is on a "mission from God" - also inspired by the showing of 'The Blues Brothers' at the local cinema - and intended to seek out her father, and is under instruction from her aunt Irma, now the town's Mayor, to contact her old flame from years past and help recapture his heart too.
This fable is at once funny and powerful - the only surprise is that it took me longer than I anticipated to get through it, the images evoked were so powerful and enticing that I had to slow down to enjoy every drop and morsel presented. ( )
  MarkPSadler | Jan 17, 2016 |
When the small village of Tres Camarones in southern Mexico is threatened by drug dealers a group of teenagers volunteer to head north to America and bring home able-bodied men to protect the village. Inspired by watching the film 'The Magnificent Seven' they intend to smuggle back into Mexico men who might help in their protection.
Most of the men, including protagonist Nayeli's father, left for a better life intending to send money home at some time but as it appears just abandoned their families leaving women, children and a gay teenage boy to manage the town.
Nayeli is on a "mission from God" - also inspired by the showing of 'The Blues Brothers' at the local cinema - and intended to seek out her father, and is under instruction from her aunt Irma, now the town's Mayor, to contact her old flame from years past and help recapture his heart too.
This fable is at once funny and powerful - the only surprise is that it took me longer than I anticipated to get through it, the images evoked were so powerful and enticing that I had to slow down to enjoy every drop and morsel presented. ( )
  MarkPSadler | Jan 17, 2016 |
When the small village of Tres Camarones in southern Mexico is threatened by drug dealers a group of teenagers volunteer to head north to America and bring home able-bodied men to protect the village. Inspired by watching the film 'The Magnificent Seven' they intend to smuggle back into Mexico men who might help in their protection.
Most of the men, including protagonist Nayeli's father, left for a better life intending to send money home at some time but as it appears just abandoned their families leaving women, children and a gay teenage boy to manage the town.
Nayeli is on a "mission from God" - also inspired by the showing of 'The Blues Brothers' at the local cinema - and intended to seek out her father, and is under instruction from her aunt Irma, now the town's Mayor, to contact her old flame from years past and help recapture his heart too.
This fable is at once funny and powerful - the only surprise is that it took me longer than I anticipated to get through it, the images evoked were so powerful and enticing that I had to slow down to enjoy every drop and morsel presented. ( )
  MarkPSadler | Jan 17, 2016 |
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O friends, I have come searching for you,

I crossed over flowering fields,

And here, at last, I've found you.

Rejoice.

Tell me your stories.

O friends, I am here.

- Xayacamach of Tizatlán
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The bandidos came to the village at the worst possible time.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0316025275, Hardcover)

Nineteen-year-old Nayeli works at a taco shop in her Mexican village and dreams about her father, who journeyed to the US 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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"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 Magnificos"--to repopulate her hometown and protect it from the bandidos who plan on taking it over."--Provided by publisher.… (more)

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