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American Dirt: A Novel

American Dirt: A Novel


American Dirt: A Novel

valutazioni:
4.5/5 (582 valutazioni)
Lunghezza:
16 ore
Pubblicato:
Jan 21, 2020
ISBN:
9781250260604
Formato:
Audiolibro

Nota del redattore

Oprah’s Book Club…

This #1 NYT bestseller was initially acclaimed by reviewers, and all but destined for success once it was announced as an Oprah’s Book Club pick. But an outcry over what many saw as the appropriation of the immigrant experience sparked a powerful backlash. The result has been an important, difficult conversation about the lack of diversity in publishing.

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También de este lado hay sueños. On this side, too, there are dreams.

Lydia Quixano Pérez lives in the Mexican city of Acapulco. She runs a bookstore. She has a son, Luca, the love of her life, and a wonderful husband who is a journalist. And while there are cracks beginning to show in Acapulco because of the drug cartels, her life is, by and large, fairly comfortable.

Even though she knows they’ll never sell, Lydia stocks some of her all-time favorite books in her store. And then one day, a man enters the shop to browse and comes up to the register with a few books he would like to buy—two of them her favorites. Javier is erudite. He is charming. And, unbeknownst to Lydia, he is the jefe of the newest drug cartel that has gruesomely taken over the city. When Lydia’s husband’s tell-all profile of Javier is published, none of their lives will ever be the same.

Forced to flee, Lydia and eight-year-old Luca soon find themselves miles and worlds away from their comfortable middle-class existence. Instantly transformed into migrants, Lydia and Luca ride la bestia—trains that make their way north toward the United States, which is the only place Javier’s reach doesn’t extend. As they join the countless people trying to reach el norte, Lydia soon sees that everyone is running from something. But what exactly are they running to?

Pubblicato:
Jan 21, 2020
ISBN:
9781250260604
Formato:
Audiolibro


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  • (5/5)
    I simply loved every word of this breathtaking and unforgettable book
  • (5/5)
    Fast paced from beginning to end. Memorable characters and riveting plot
  • (5/5)
    I will never think of migrants the same. This book sheds light on a contemporary problem.
  • (1/5)
    I had the hardest time listening to this and actually laughed at how ridiculous some parts were. Definitely the Hallmark version of border crossing. Written from an imaginary point of view with minimal struggle or suffering. The situations along the way just seem trivial but we are supposed to believe she is experience some great suffering. Give me a break ?
  • (5/5)
    Exquisite writing. A multi-dimensional look at what drives illegal immigrants to make a dangerous journey.
  • (5/5)
    This book was a high intense journey of escaping, processing, and crossing the borders of tragedy. Mentally, emotionally, physically.
    - Literally and with every single breathe for this Mother and son stretching every ounce of strength for escape.

    I found myself paraphrasing a few significant sentences from this read. Anyone, surviving tragedy, this is significant. It explains the emotions in overcoming & pressing forward.

    Difficult:
    “...Life so expansive, trauma so______”
    “...now, meant” {to shrink back to trivial things}
  • (5/5)
    One of the best novels I’ve read in years. You won’t regret it.
  • (5/5)
    Although the story is heart wrenching it was well told.
  • (5/5)
    Riveting, harrowing, informative, divulging in the struggle of the immigrant. Excellente!
  • (5/5)
    The arduous journey of illegal immigrants powerfully described. I don’t consider this novel “a novel”because without any hesitation I know it’s someone’s real story.
  • (5/5)
    A fantastic, heartbreaking book. So utterly important to read. No human is illegal.
  • (5/5)
    This book made me think of immigration in a different way. I am grateful for all the research the author put into this novel.
  • (5/5)
    The author didn’t hold back on detailing the gruesome reality of migrants and their struggles. Some parts were hard to listen to but unfortunately it is the world we live in.
  • (5/5)
    Great story, it brings out many feelings. Hate, love , hope, happiness, too name a few.
  • (5/5)
    This story was phenomenal and extremely eye opening for me. Prior to this book, I had not considered the dire situations in which migrants are fleeing from. Many of these situations were ones where they had no control or resulted simply from the location where they were born. Being a Texas resident, I tend to think only of the Mexican border towns that are overwhelmed by cartels and not of the whole country. I tend to forget that there are many good people in the country as well. And those good people don’t want association with the drugs, gangs and violence anymore than I do. I’ll definitely change my thinking! Thank you for writing this wonderful story.
  • (5/5)
    This was such a strong book. Each character was so beautifully written. This book is deeply engraved in my heart.
  • (5/5)
    I read this book and then delved into the controversy surrounding it. I thought it was an amazingly written book and am finding that the controversy has nothing to do with the book itself but with the institution of publishing agencies and literary agents. The book takes a middle class woman in Mexico and transforms her story into something that the middle class white women in America can muster empathy and compassion for. The story is fiction but representative. Heartbreaking but beautiful. The best book I have read this year.
  • (5/5)
    The narrator was fantastic. I enjoyed this look into a journey I was otherwise largely unfamiliar with.
  • (5/5)
    This book was excellent!! Captivating from the beginning. Tears at all heart strings
  • (5/5)
    The narrator made this book come to life. The stories woven throughout the book touched my heart in so many ways this was beautifully written I enjoyed every moment of reading it.
  • (5/5)
    This book is so interesting and my heart ached for the characters. I couldn't stop listening! This is such a good look into what it might be like for migrants fleeing from Mexico to the United States.
  • (5/5)
    Couldn't stop listening. Phenomenal book. The push back again her not being Latinx "enough" is understandable, but given her exhaustive research and passion for the subject, not to mention her extrodinary writing ability, I urge others to read.
  • (5/5)
    I absolutely LOVED this book.. unforgettable circumstances and characters. Highly recommended!
  • (4/5)
    Enjoyed it very much. Time well spent. I believe you will like it too.
  • (5/5)
    A very well written story. A story that will leave you thinking about how you perceive things. Bravo to the author for crafting such a remarkable story. I did not want to stop listening from one chapter to the next. It is one of those stories that will stay with you long after you have read it.
  • (5/5)
    An amazing story depicting some of the ordeals migrants live while traveling to the USA through Mexico, I hope this book can bring some light to the way some people treat others and then complain about the way they are treated.

    Beautiful narration is full of imagery and almost picture-like descriptions of some places or events. Almost impossible to stop reading.
  • (5/5)
    Wow! Such a great story. Get the tissues ready and brace yourself for a gritty tale of trying to make it out of Mexico alive. The journey the author takes you on is heart breaking and you will root for the characters to reach a triumphant end, though not all do. Hence, the tissues.
  • (5/5)
    A powerful, moving story of a mother fighting for her and her sons survival after experiencing a traumatic act of violence. No American can read this and think the country needs a border wall.
  • (4/5)
    A must read. You do not have to like it. But you should read it anyway. I am changed by this book. And I liked it
  • (5/5)
    Inspiring. Hard to read in some places about what these human beings have faced. We have no idea.