“A The novel brings to life not only the deeply pious figure whom Diaz himself dubbed “the Most Dangerous Girl in Mexico” but also the blood-soaked landscape of pre-revolutionary Mexico.”
– The New Yorker
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In wonderful and unexpected ways, Urrea’s “The Hummingbird’s Daughter” gives us insight into the U.S./Mexican border during the late 19th century, when the border between our two countries virtually did not exist. He chronicles the life of his legendary great-aunt and her family in Northern Mexico in an intimate yet epic tale which depicts the origins of modern Mexico. The book provides a devastating look into the conditions of racism, greed and corruption under the dictatorship of Porfirio Diaz that helped spark the Mexican Revolution of 1910. Operating on a number of levels simultaneously, Urrea’s tale is both romantic, heartbreaking and humorous, exploring social classes and mistreatment of Indians, while delving into lore and magic, religion and passion. The book is a delight, paced masterfully, occasionally introducing touches of magical realism. Beautifully composed with vivid imagery, Urrea’s novel is a tribute and love song to the colorful and vibrant heart of all things Mexican.
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