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Yankee Invasion: A Novel of Mexico City

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"The psychological effects of invasion and occupation provide the centerpiece for prominent Mexican author Solares's unusual and uneven historical novel. Aging journalist Abelardo, spurred on by his wife to investigate his lingering bouts of melancholy, begins a memoir chronicling his experiences during the 1847 Mexican-American War 50 years earlier, including his friendship with an intellectual sparring partner, Dr. Urrucha, and a love triangle with local beauty Isabel and her society mother, also named Isabel. The young Abelardo is drawn to the fragile, love-struck daughter, as well as her independent, fiery mother, a situation that leads to the rupture of the family. Abelardo struggles to find a balance between his duty to fight for Mexico's independence and Dr. Urrucha's theory that the country, led into dire straights by the notorious General Santa Anna, could find economic and political stability under American occupation. Solares's attempt to weave Abelardo's emotional dilemmas into Mexico's political crises leads to an unsatisfying blend of psychology and history; neither the romance nor the chronicle of war catch fire amid the meandering existential pondering." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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Yankee Invasion centers on one of the most traumatic periods of Mexican history: the 1847 invasion of Mexico City by American armed forces and the ultimate loss of almost half its territory to the United States. Abelardo, who as a young man witnessed the events, narrates the novel and in its very first pages commits an act of resistance that will haunt him the rest of his life. In his old age, he begins to reflect on the history of Mexico, as well as his complicated love affairs with both his fiancée and her mother, which play out against the tumultuous backdrop of the invasion and occupation. Told with humor and pathos, Yankee Invasion paints a riveting portrait of an event that, though little known in America, still reverberates in Mexico today. Vivid descriptions capture the streets, cafés, cantinas, and drawing rooms of 19th-century Mexico City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780979824944
Author:
Solares, Ignacio
Publisher:
Scarletta
Translator:
Compton, Timothy G.
Introduction by:
Fuentes, Carlos
Introduction:
Fuentes, Carlos
Author:
Fuentes, Carlos
Author:
Compton, Timothy G.
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
History
Subject:
Mexican war, 1846-1848
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20090531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
300
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 12.5 oz

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Product details 300 pages Scarletta - English 9780979824944 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The psychological effects of invasion and occupation provide the centerpiece for prominent Mexican author Solares's unusual and uneven historical novel. Aging journalist Abelardo, spurred on by his wife to investigate his lingering bouts of melancholy, begins a memoir chronicling his experiences during the 1847 Mexican-American War 50 years earlier, including his friendship with an intellectual sparring partner, Dr. Urrucha, and a love triangle with local beauty Isabel and her society mother, also named Isabel. The young Abelardo is drawn to the fragile, love-struck daughter, as well as her independent, fiery mother, a situation that leads to the rupture of the family. Abelardo struggles to find a balance between his duty to fight for Mexico's independence and Dr. Urrucha's theory that the country, led into dire straights by the notorious General Santa Anna, could find economic and political stability under American occupation. Solares's attempt to weave Abelardo's emotional dilemmas into Mexico's political crises leads to an unsatisfying blend of psychology and history; neither the romance nor the chronicle of war catch fire amid the meandering existential pondering." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
Yankee Invasion centers on one of the most traumatic periods of Mexican history: the 1847 invasion of Mexico City by American armed forces and the ultimate loss of almost half its territory to the United States. Abelardo, who as a young man witnessed the events, narrates the novel and in its very first pages commits an act of resistance that will haunt him the rest of his life. In his old age, he begins to reflect on the history of Mexico, as well as his complicated love affairs with both his fiancée and her mother, which play out against the tumultuous backdrop of the invasion and occupation. Told with humor and pathos, Yankee Invasion paints a riveting portrait of an event that, though little known in America, still reverberates in Mexico today. Vivid descriptions capture the streets, cafés, cantinas, and drawing rooms of 19th-century Mexico City.
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