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God's Middle Finger: Into the Lawless Heart of the Sierra Madre

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CaliforniaBookFan, January 7, 2012 (view all comments by CaliforniaBookFan)
This is a fast-paced, marvelous book, exploring the way the drug industry has changed Mexico for the worse, by means of a trip seeking out drug producing areas within Mexico's mountains. I'm struck by how many people that Grant meets comment on how a place used to be safe and now is very dangerous. Having been to a few of these places in safer times, I found Grant's descriptions to be accurate, and his translations of Mexican obscenities to be diligent and attentive to cultural nuance.
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Virginia Bruce, June 5, 2008 (view all comments by Virginia Bruce)
An interesting blend of documentary and adventure, this book reveals Mexican politics, culture and religion as it is manifested in a remote population through the eyes of a sometimes naïve, even gullible traveler. He seems to have survived his adventure through sheer luck at times, and although it's never deathless prose, it kept me turning the pages.
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MARLENE BROWN, March 26, 2008 (view all comments by MARLENE BROWN)
JUST LIKE BOUNTY HUNTING WITH ACTION , BUT GOD IS ON HIS SIDE.TAKEING BACK ,THE LAND OF EQUAL JUSTICE.I WOULD LOVE TO READ YOUR BOOK.I HAVE ONE , I HOPE AND WISH TO PRINT FOR OTHERS TO VIEW.WOULD BRING PLENTY OF TEARS TO OTHERS.I UNDERSTAND , YOU POINT OF VIEW.I HAVE BEEN , IN YOUR SHOES.GOD BLESS YOU AND CONTINUE WRITTING.HAS ANYONE , EVER BOUNTY HUNTED?GOD DID ALOW , RICHARD GRANT O HAVE HIS MIDDLE FINGER FOR A GOOD CAUSE , FOR THE DRUG LORDS, I WOULD HAVE TO AGREE, 100 %. I HATE DRUGS!! AND , PEOPLE , THAT DEALL WITH THEM.ALOT OF REAL AND TRUE BLUE ACTION , NOTHING FAKE.ALL REAL AND CAPTIVATEING.PUT IT TO AND END.
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janvdb, March 26, 2008 (view all comments by janvdb)
I would imagine that what actually happened to the hapless Mr Grant would be that those Mexican hillbillies had come into possession of an advance copy of "God's Middle Finger" and realizing the slander which was about to be perpetuated on them, decided to they had no alternative but to take rapid preventive action.

Mr Grant is an idiot. Of course, if you wander around in a place like the Sierra Madre peeping like a lost gosling, you will attract the criminal element. Same thing could happen to you north of 125th.

Get a brain.

Jan VanDenBerg
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janvdb, March 26, 2008 (view all comments by janvdb)
This book is hyperbole.

I haven't read it yet but I was married to a man from Suaripa, a small town high in the Sierra Madre, for five years, met his entire family and community and visited there repeatedly.

The town was very remote and self-contained. His family owned thousands of hectares of high desert, used for cattle range.

It's dangerous, yes, but it is not nearly so dangerous as this writer lets on.

Yes, there are drugs and corruption like crazy. But there are a lot of nice, law-abiding, decent people, too. Everyone is very religous and the Catholic Church exerts a strong influence for ethical behavior.

Jan VanDenBerg
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781416534402
Author:
Grant, Richard
Publisher:
Free Press
Author:
Richard, Grant
Subject:
Description and travel
Subject:
Sierra Madre Occidental (Mexico)
Subject:
Special Interest - Adventure
Subject:
Mexico
Subject:
Adventure
Subject:
Grant, Richard - Travel - Mexico -
Subject:
TRAVEL / Mexico
Subject:
Sierra Madre; Travelogues; Mexican border; drug wars; drug trafficking; sierra tarahumara
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20080331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
map 11/26; index
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 9.8 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "As he travels through Mexico's Sierra Madre, one of the largest drug-producing regions in the world, British journalist Grant (American Nomads) encounters a rugged landscape where the mythical old Mexico meets the challenges of the new. The birthplace of Pancho Villa and the Apaches' last refuge, the Sierra Madre has long been home to outlaws and eccentric characters that inspired a variety of American westerns. Into this legendary danger zone, with its exceptionally high murder rate, rides Grant — on horseback, though he has never ridden previously. Grant is the finest kind of travel narrator; though fully cognizant of the dangers and foolhardiness of his obsession with this land, he throws himself into crazy situations, such as a quest for buried gold treasure, a sampling of Mexican folk remedies, a terrifying Tarahumara Indian ritual when 'God gets into his annual drinking bout with the Devil,' a little cocaine or 'blasting parakeet' with local drug dealers, and lots and lots of drinking. He narrates these adventures with unflappable charm and humor, risking his life to the reader's benefit, shared fear and delight of discovery. Though eventually worn out by his physically and emotionally challenging journey, Grant still manages to produce a clear-eyed, empathetic account of this complex, fascinating place." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "[A] fascinating book, filled with tales that will surely keep readers in suspense. Grant's own near-death experience alone will captivate them. Highly recommended."
"Review" by , "It was an arduous trip for Grant, but readers will be glad that he took it."
"Review" by , "This is exactly the book you're hoping for when you pick it up: a crazy, sprawling story so well-written, you can't decide whether to keep reading or go to Mexico to see for yourself. Keep reading: You have an extraordinary book in your hands."
"Review" by , "There is nothing here of the 'I jumped over a puddle' aspect of modern adventure stories. As an Englishman, Grant has far too much of the mad dog in his character, and I am surprised indeed that he survived his journey. This is a thoroughly enlivening book, the rare kind that makes you want to sleep with a pistol under your pillow."
"Synopsis" by , Part gonzo misadventure, part cultural history, God's Middle Finger explores a fascinating land — the Sierra Madre mountains of Mexico — where few outsiders are foolish enough to venture.
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