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Days of Obligation: An Argument with My Mexican Fatherby Richard Rodriguez
Synopses & Reviews
An awardwinning writer delivers a major reckoning with religion, place, and sexuality in the aftermath of 9/11
Hailed in The Washington Post as one of the most eloquent and probing public intellectuals in America,” Richard Rodriguez now considers religious violence worldwide, growing public atheism in the West, and his own mortality.
Rodriguezs stylish new memoir—the first book in a decade from the Pulitzer Prize finalist—moves from Jerusalem to Silicon Valley, from Moses to Liberace, from Lance Armstrong to Mother Teresa. Rodriguez is a homosexual who writes with love of the religions of the desert that exclude him. He is a passionate, unorthodox Christian who is always mindful of his relationship to Judaism and Islam because of a shared belief in the God who revealed himself within an ecology of emptiness. And at the center of this book is a consideration of women—their importance to Rodriguezs spiritual formation and their centrality to the future of the desert religions.
Only a mind as elastic and refined as Rodriguezs could bind these threads together into this wonderfully complex tapestry.
Rodriguez's acclaimed first book, Hunger of Memory raised a fierce controversy with its views on bilingualism and alternative action. Now, in a series of intelligent and candid essays, Rodriguez ranges over five centuries to consider the moral and spiritual landscapes of Mexico and the US and their impact on his soul.
About the Author
"The best American essayist."
Richard Rodriguez works as an editor at the Pacific News Service in San Francisco and is a contributing editor for Harper's magazine and the Sunday "Opinion" section of the Los Angeles Times. He appears regularly as an essayist on the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on PBS.
Table of Contents
Days of Obligation Introduction: My Parent's Village
Chapter One: India
Chapter Two: Late Victorians
Chapter Three: Mexico's Children
Chapter Four: In Athens Once
Chapter Five: The Missions
Chapter Six: The Head of Joaquin Murrieta
Chapter Seven: Sand
Chapter Eight: Asians
Chapter Nine: The Latin American Novel
Chapter Ten: Nothing Lasts a Hundred Years
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