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Histories of revolutions often focus on military, political, or economic upheavals but sometimes neglect to connect these larger events to the daily lives of ordinary people. Yet the peoples' perception that things are worse than before can topple revolutionary governments, as shown by the recent defeat of the Sandinista regime in Nicaragua and the governments of Eastern Europe. Providing the kind of prosaic, revealing details that more formal histories have excluded, My Car in Managua offers an objective, often humorous description of the great difficulties and occasional pleasures of life in Nicaragua during the Sandinista revolution.

During a year's work (1985-1986) at the Instituto Centroamericano de Administracio n de Empresas (INCAE), Forrest Colburn purchased a dilapidated car-- and with it an introduction to everyday life in Nicaragua. His discoveries of the length of time required to register the car (approximately six weeks), the impossibility of finding spare parts (except when U.S. dollars were applied to the search), and the fact that anyone getting into a car in Managua can be charged a small fee for car watching] by anyone else all suggest the difficulties most Nicaraguans faced living in a devastated economy.

Drawing on experiences from visits throughout the revolutionary period (1979-1989), Colburn also sheds light on how the Revolution affected social customs and language, gender roles and family relationships, equality and authority, the availability of goods and services, the status of ethnic minorities, and governmental and other institutions. Illustrations by Nicaragua's celebrated political cartoonist Ro ger Sa nchezFlores enliven the lucid text.

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Histories of revolutions often focus on military, political, or economic upheavals but sometimes neglect to connect these larger events to the daily lives of ordinary people. Yet the peoples' perception that things are worse than before can topple revolutionary governments, as shown by the recent defeat of the Sandinista regime in Nicaragua and the governments of Eastern Europe. Providing the kind of prosaic, revealing details that more formal histories have excluded, My Car in Managua offers an objective, often humorous description of the great difficulties and occasional pleasures of life in Nicaragua during the Sandinista revolution.

During a year's work (1985-1986) at the Instituto Centroamericano de Administracion de Empresas (INCAE), Forrest Colburn purchased a dilapidated car--and with it an introduction to everyday life in Nicaragua. His discoveries of the length of time required to register the car (approximately six weeks), the impossibility of finding spare parts (except when U.S. dollars were applied to the search), and the fact that anyone getting into a car in Managua can be charged a small fee for car watching by anyone else all suggest the difficulties most Nicaraguans faced living in a devastated economy.

Drawing on experiences from visits throughout the revolutionary period (1979-1989), Colburn also sheds light on how the Revolution affected social customs and language, gender roles and family relationships, equality and authority, the availability of goods and services, the status of ethnic minorities, and governmental and other institutions. Illustrations by Nicaragua's celebrated political cartoonist Roger Sanchez Flores enliven the lucid text.

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YuriViera, June 30, 2006 (view all comments by YuriViera)
I am a former student of Forrest Colburn, and I have found his previous essays and writings pertaining to the observation of regional revolutions very interesting, and when observing such revolutions at a more personal and human level; one can appreciate the humurous side of life, on an otherwise foreign and alien system of mores and rules that conflict with ordinary life.
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ISBN:
9780292751248
Author:
Flores, Roger S.
Author:
Flores, Roger S.
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Location:
Austin :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
History
Subject:
Politics and government
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Social conditions
Subject:
Nicaragua
Subject:
Nicaragua Social conditions 1979-
Subject:
Nicaragua Description and travel.
Subject:
Nicaragua Social life and customs.
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Literature-A to Z
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
no. 417
Publication Date:
19910131
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TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
148
Dimensions:
8.43x5.51x.43 in. .40 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Histories of revolutions often focus on military, political, or economic upheavals but sometimes neglect to connect these larger events to the daily lives of ordinary people. Yet the peoples' perception that things are worse than before can topple revolutionary governments, as shown by the recent defeat of the Sandinista regime in Nicaragua and the governments of Eastern Europe. Providing the kind of prosaic, revealing details that more formal histories have excluded, My Car in Managua offers an objective, often humorous description of the great difficulties and occasional pleasures of life in Nicaragua during the Sandinista revolution.

During a year's work (1985-1986) at the Instituto Centroamericano de Administracion de Empresas (INCAE), Forrest Colburn purchased a dilapidated car--and with it an introduction to everyday life in Nicaragua. His discoveries of the length of time required to register the car (approximately six weeks), the impossibility of finding spare parts (except when U.S. dollars were applied to the search), and the fact that anyone getting into a car in Managua can be charged a small fee for car watching by anyone else all suggest the difficulties most Nicaraguans faced living in a devastated economy.

Drawing on experiences from visits throughout the revolutionary period (1979-1989), Colburn also sheds light on how the Revolution affected social customs and language, gender roles and family relationships, equality and authority, the availability of goods and services, the status of ethnic minorities, and governmental and other institutions. Illustrations by Nicaragua's celebrated political cartoonist Roger Sanchez Flores enliven the lucid text.

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