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Serafina's Stories by Rudolfo Anaya

Serafina's Stories

by Rudolfo Anaya

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I didn't like it at the time, but now I remember it positively. ( )
  JessieP73 | Apr 6, 2013 |
An excellent book created in the style of the Arabian Nights, and set in 17th century Santa Fe, N.M. A group of Pueblo Indians are captured and brought before the Governor, but one of them is revealed as a young girl. She strikes a deal whereas she will tell a story and if the Governor likes the story, will release one prisoner for each story. Because he is so entertained, eventually all of the prisoners are spared and set free. The stories have come from Europe and have been New Mexicanized by the Spanish colonists. Some have Pueblo Indian plots and characters. The author has been able to bring readers, with this book, a new understanding of the heritage of the Southwest. A marvelous book for all ages. ( )
  bakersfieldbarbara | Nov 28, 2010 |
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New Mexico's master storyteller creates a southwestern version of the Arabian Nights in this fable set in seventeenth-century Santa Fe. In January 1680 a dozen Pueblo Indians are charged with conspiring to incite a revolution against the colonial government. When the prisoners are brought before the Governor, one of them is revealed as a young woman. Educated by the friars in her pueblo's mission church, Serafina speaks beautiful Spanish and surprises the Governor with her fearlessness and intelligence.

The two strike a bargain. She will entertain the Governor by telling him a story. If he likes her story, he will free one of the prisoners. Like Scheherezade, who prevented her royal husband from killing her by telling him stories, Serafina keeps the Governor so entertained with her versions of Nuevo Mexicano cuentos that he spares the lives of all her fellow prisoners.

Some of the stories Serafina tells will have a familiar ring to them, for they came from Europe and were New Mexicanized by the Spanish colonists. Some have Pueblo Indian plots and characters--and it is this blending of the two cultures that is Anaya's true subject.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:06:46 -0400)

The author tells a series of stories in the tradition of the Arabian nights, only these are tales with a Southwestern Pueblo Indian theme.

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