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Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. Life among the border dumps of Tijuana, vignettes of an almost unimaginable reality as recorded through the eyes of a charity worker. His account of the struggle of these people to survive amid abject poverty, unsanitary living conditions, and the legal and political chaos that reign in the Mexican borderlands explains without a doubt the reason so many are forced to make the dangerous and illegal journey “across the wire” into the United States.

Urrea does this by illustrating that San Diego is a beautiful place while just on the other side of the border and within sight is a disgusting garbage dump.

Everything I’ve read from Urrea is excellent. I’d meant to read it, so I did. There is some comic relief in an essay about a day spent with a Tijuana cop, a digression with the story of the death of Urrea’s mysterious father, and a final episode of hope, when a radio station organizes the presentation of Christmas gifts to the kids of the garbage dumps.

He has dealt with day-to-day disgust. You submitted the following rating and review.

Spain from a Backpack. Esperanza’s Box of Saints. Urrex in the early 90’s and told as a series of real stories, this book reports the lives of people living in and around Tijuana and the border between Mexico and California. But imagine poverty, violence, natural disasters, or political fear driving you away from everything you know.

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One in each room Urrea tells stories from his time spent working as a translator for missionaries in and around the Tijuana garbage dumps. Some of these stories may be hard to ingest, but life is messy. I studied acroas with Luis for five days at a writer’s workshop in Tomales Bay, California, last fall because I wanted to glean some of his magic.

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Urrea is a saint for working there in Tijuana to help people. The Milagro Beanfield War. I was blessed enough to be born on the “right side” of the border, a clueless Mexican American. This is not to detract from his well-crafted writing, nor to deny his always respectful and dignified treatment of his subjects. Return to the Same City. There was an error while adding the following items. The author wasn’t doing it for God, but for the people, as he got sucked into it by a charismatic man named Pastor Acrosss Into the Beautiful North.

About Luis Alberto Urrea. A True Storybut you can see that the path toward that book started with the recounti Absolutely heart-wrenching stories of life on the Mexican border, all of them tinged with what makes up life: While full of crass language and unpleasant stories, I found it full of important information that helped me urrrea better understand a side of immigration that Americans should know.

For fans of Joan Didion, border town stories, words, people. His essays in Across the Wire, exemplify that jumble of emotions and experiences that make up a land caught between so many different dominating factors – money, poverty, politics, and race, to name but a few.

He writes finally that “there is not much you can do, but you do what you can, and you dare to wlre after all.

Jul 24, Brent Morris rated it it was amazing. Tijuana Book of the Dead. While not quite as compelling as Urrea’s later “The Devil’s Highway”, this is still gripping writing. This book was written in iwre early 90’s, I believe. His account of the struggle of these people to survive amid abject poverty, unsanitary living conditions, and the legal and political chaos that reign in the Mexican borderlands explains without a doubt the reason so many are forced to make the dangerous and illegal journey “across the wire” into the United States.

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Even this many years later, these true stories are timely and important.

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In one arresting chapter he records his father’s te in a car accident, the tragedy compounded by police and funeral costs and a battle with the father’s insurance company.

This subjectivity can often be seen within the novel. Overall rating No ratings yet 0. He devoted his time working with the people in his hometown of Tijuana. Keep that in mind as you read it. A look into live and personalities across the border I was able to get a glimpse of the challenging life across the border from San Diego, along with several personalities. Inhrrea went to Massachusetts, where he taught Expository Writing at Harvard.

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This book was a collection of essays written about the very poor in Tijuana. It’s just that the hopelessness of their situation is so depressing, and those of us who are better off seem more concerned with keeping ‘aliens’ out than recognizing our neighbors’ suffering.

I really enjoyed Urrea’s writing style. Urrea gives us a compassionate and candid account of his work as a member and “official translator” of a crew of relief workers that provided aid to the many refugees hidden just behind the flashy tourist spots of Tijuana.

You can remove the unavailable item s now or we’ll automatically remove it at Checkout. Urrea, a San Diego native, recounts his experiences in Tijuana and other areas on the U.

Colonial Latin American Literature: By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. My Nature Is Hunger. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus Xcross. Living room furniture and beds in the bedrooms? Chi ama i libri sceglie Kobo e inMondadori.