Life And Times Of Mexico by Earl ShorrisLife And Times Of Mexico by Earl Shorris

Life And Times Of Mexico

byEarl Shorris

Paperback | December 27, 2005

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The Life and Times of Mexico is a grand narrative driven by 3,000 years of history: the Indian world, the Spanish invasion, Independence, the 1910 Revolution, the tragic lives of workers in assembly plants along the border, and the experiences of millions of Mexicans who live in the United States. Mexico is seen here as if it were a person, but in the Aztec way; the mind, the heart, the winds of life; and on every page there are portraits and stories: artists, shamans, teachers, a young Maya political leader; the rich few and the many poor. Earl Shorris is ingenious at finding ways to tell this story: prostitutes in the Plaza Loreto launch the discussion of economics; we are taken inside two crucial elections as Mexico struggles toward democracy; we watch the creation of a popular "telenovela" and meet the country's greatest living intellectual. The result is a work of magnificent scope and profound insight into the divided soul of Mexico.
Earl Shorris (1936–2012) was the author of many works of both fiction and non-fiction including Latinos, Under the Fifth Sun, In the Language of Kings, and Riches for the Poor. He was awarded a National Humanities Medal by President Clinton for his founding of the Clemente Course in the Humanities®, Inc.
Title:Life And Times Of MexicoFormat:PaperbackDimensions:640 pages, 8.3 × 5.5 × 2.05 inPublished:December 27, 2005Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0393327671

ISBN - 13:9780393327670


Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Amazing Accomplishment After many years of travelling to Mexico on holidays, I have become more and more interested in the language, the people and the culture of the country. Don't get me wrong...I still love the beach, the sun and pool-side drinks, but I love the place so much I wanted to know it better. I found this book by accident and it was exactly what I was looking for. It tells the entire history of Mexico in a "conversational" tone. It is not a bland historical analysis of facts. It gave me a fuller and more in-depth understanding of Mexico's history and insight into how and why Mexico is the country it is today. Intriguing, beautiful and unafraid; it is everything that most history should be but rarely is. If I were to recommend one book about Mexico this would be it in a landslide.
Date published: 2009-01-26

Editorial Reviews

Expansive, creative, and nuanced. — Megan Harlan (San Francisco Chronicle)

Magisterial and intimate, panoramic and close up, historical and novelistic, The Life and Times of Mexico is a magnum opus in every sense, the peak but not the end of Shorris's long career of interpreting the otherness that lives alongside and inside our borders. — Ronald Christ (The New Mexican)