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Searching for Joaquin

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On a hot July dawn in 1853, a gunfight took place on the western edge of the San Joaquin Valley, midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. When the smoke cleared, Joaquin Murrieta, one of the most notorious bandits of the Gold Rush lay dead. Soon his severed head was traveling around the new state of California in a pickling jar. Murrieta would have an unparalleled afterlife in dime novels and movies, Mexican folksongs and Gold-Rush legends. Anglos regarded him as a homegrown Robin Hood, while Mexicans on both sides of the border celebrated him as an enemy of Yankee rule. And as the legendary bandit's myth grew and his deeds and death were celebrated throughout the world, every detail of his story, down to the color of his eyes, was debated and contested. Not until Bruce Thornton has anyone tried to unravel his legend from his life and to understand the meanings Murrieta has acquired on his way to literary and cultural immortality. A penetrating look at the life and times of a celebrated bad man, "Searching for Joaquin" also probes the role Joaquin Murrieta has played in the myth of the old Hispanic California, that sunlit lazy land of missions and ranchos, moonlit plazas and fiestas, high passion and derring-do. As Thornton shows, that myth is accepted as history by many even today, and Murrieta continues to play many roles: the chivalric outlaw who settles conflict with violence; and the emblem of a simpler world where life is lived more intensely and passionately; and most of all, the avenging angel who rectifies Anglo misdeeds against powerless Hispanics. "Searching for Joaquín" opens a window onto a vanished past and also shows how myth and history flow in and out of each other and continue to affect the way we live now.

Book News Annotation:

Dividing his work into sections on "history" and "myth," Thornton (classics and humanities, California State U. at Fresno) provides a biographical look at Mexican "outlaw" Murieta and an analysis of biographical constructions of Murieta as Robin Hood figure, Hispanic avenging angel, and purely fictional character. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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A penetrating look at the life and times of a celebrated badman, Searching for Joaquin also probes the role Joaquin Murieta has played in the myth of the old Hispanic California, that sunlit lazy land of missions and ranchos, moonlit plazas and fiestas, high passion and derring-do. As Thornton shows, that myth is accepted as history by many even today, and Murieta continues to play many roles: the chivalric outlaw who settles conflict with violence; the emblem of a simpler world where life is lived more intensely and passionately; and most of all, the avenging angel who rectifies Anglo misdeeds against powerless Hispanics.

Synopsis:

Probes the role that Joaquin Murieta has played in the myth of the old Hispanic California.

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 170-178) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781893554566
Author:
Thornton, Bruce
Publisher:
Encounter Books
Author:
Thorton, Bruce
Location:
San Francisco, Calif.
Subject:
General
Subject:
California
Subject:
History
Subject:
Folklore
Subject:
Frontier and pioneer life
Subject:
Outlaws
Subject:
Mexicans
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
General History
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Americana-General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
107-625
Publication Date:
20030231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
180
Dimensions:
9.22 x 7.22 in 16 oz

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Product details 180 pages Encounter Books - English 9781893554566 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A penetrating look at the life and times of a celebrated badman, Searching for Joaquin also probes the role Joaquin Murieta has played in the myth of the old Hispanic California, that sunlit lazy land of missions and ranchos, moonlit plazas and fiestas, high passion and derring-do. As Thornton shows, that myth is accepted as history by many even today, and Murieta continues to play many roles: the chivalric outlaw who settles conflict with violence; the emblem of a simpler world where life is lived more intensely and passionately; and most of all, the avenging angel who rectifies Anglo misdeeds against powerless Hispanics.
"Synopsis" by , Probes the role that Joaquin Murieta has played in the myth of the old Hispanic California.
"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. 170-178) and index.
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