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Antonio's Gun and Delfino's Dream: True Tales of Mexican Migration / Edition 1

Antonio's Gun and Delfino's Dream: True Tales of Mexican Migration / Edition 1

by Sam Quinones


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Sam Quinones's first book, True Tales From Another Mexico, was acclaimed for the way it peered into the corners of that country for its larger truths and complexities. Antonio's Gun and Delfino's Dream, Quinones's second collection of nonfiction tales, does the same for one of the most important issues of our times: the migration of Mexicans to the United States.

Quinones has covered the world of Mexican immigrants for the last thirteen years—from Chicago to Oaxaca, Michoacan to southeast Los Angeles, Tijuana to Texas. Along the way, he has uncovered stories that help illuminate all that Mexicans seek when they come north, how they change their new country, and are changed by it.

Here are the stories of the Henry Ford of velvet painting in Ciudad Juarez, the emergence of opera in Tijuana, the bizarre goings-on in the L.A. suburb of South Gate, and of the drug-addled colonies of Old World German Mennonites in Chihuahua. Through it all winds the tale of Delfino Juarez, a young construction worker, and modern-day Huckleberry Finn, who had to leave his village to change it.

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ISBN-13: 9780826342546
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
Publication date: 05/16/2007
Pages: 326
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Sam Quinones lived in Mexico for ten years writing freelance for a variety of U.S. publications. In 1998 he was a recipient of the Alicia Patterson Fellowship. In 2001 he published a highly acclaimed collection of stories about contemporary Mexico, True Tales from Another Mexico: The Lynch Mob, the Popsicle Kings, Chalino, and the Bronx (UNM Press). He now lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Sheila, and daughter, Kate, and is a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times. He can be contacted through

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dogrover on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
No one living in Mexico or America is unaffected by the issues of migration. Quinones's true accounts humanize an intensely political and economic predicament.Each of these stories were touching in their own way. Some because of their hurt and loss; others for their success and beauty. Quinones gives a big picture perspective through aptly chosen personal experiences. Each vignette offers a view from the inside, which might be difficult for a Caucasian to obtain or understand without assistance.Notably missing, however, are hard-hitting, pull-no-punches stories. This is the work of a free-lance journalist following his passion and curiosity, not an undercover super-cop. Questions about gangs, drugs, weapons and crime go largely unanswered.After reading this book, I feel no better equipped to debate the larger issues involved, but I do have a better view of the driving forces.