Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation by John Phillip SantosPlaces Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation by John Phillip Santos

Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation

byJohn Phillip Santos

Paperback | August 1, 2000

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Finalist for the National Book Award!In this beautifully wrought memoir, award-winning writer John Philip Santos weaves together dream fragments, family remembrances, and Chicano mythology, reaching back into time and place to blend the story of one Mexican family with the soul of an entire people. The story unfolds through a pageant of unforgettable family figures: from Madrina--touched with epilepsy and prophecy ever since, as a girl, she saw a dying soul leave its body--to Teofilo, who was kidnapped as an infant and raised by the Kikapu Indians of Northern Mexico. At the heart of the book is Santos' search for the meaning of his grandfather's suicide in San Antonio, Texas, in 1939. Part treasury of the elders, part elegy, part personal odyssey, this is an immigration tale and a haunting family story that offers a rich, magical view of Mexican-American culture.
John Phillip Santos, born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, is the first Mexican American Rhodes Scholar whose awards include the Academy of American Poets' Prize at Notre Dame and the Oxford Prize for fiction. His articles on Latino culture have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and the San Antonio Express-News. W...
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Title:Places Left Unfinished at the Time of CreationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 7.75 × 5.17 × 0.7 inPublished:August 1, 2000Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0140292020

ISBN - 13:9780140292022

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Table of Contents

Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation Family Trees
Testimonio
1. Tierra de Viejitas
2. Códices de los Abuelos
3. Valle de Silencio
Mexico Viejo
4. Cuento Mestizo
5. The Flowered Path
6. From Huisache to Cedar
Peregrinaje
7. Zona de Niebla
8. Aztec Theater
9. Rain of Stones
Volador
10. Exilio
11. La Ruta
12. Una Canción
Epilogue
Tent of Grief: An Afterword
Acknowledgments

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Chicano mythology and personal family remembrances are at the heart of award-winning writer John Phillip Santos’ memoir. Places Left Unfinished At The Time Of Creation is a beautifully written memoir that blends one Mexican family’s story with the soul of a whole nation. He introduces us to several touching family figures and articulates their remarkable stories. Whether describing Teofilo, who was kidnapped as an infant and raised by the Kikapu Indians of Northern Mexico, or Madrina, who has epilepsy and the gift of prophecy, Santos engages the reader with his lyrical passages. This rich family story provides an inside look at Mexican-American culture.