Monday, August 2, 2010

Review: Into The Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea

  Nineteen-year-old Nayeli works at a taco shop in her Mexican village and dreams about her father, who journeyed to the US when she was young. Recently, it has dawned on her that he isn't the only man who has left town. In fact, there are almost no men in the village--they've all gone north. While watching The Magnificent Seven, Nayeli decides to go north herself and recruit seven men--her own "Siete Magn√≠ficos"--to repopulate her hometown and protect it from the bandidos who plan on taking it over.

Filled with unforgettable characters and prose as radiant as the Sinaloan sun, Into the Beautiful North is the story of an irresistible young woman's quest to find herself on both sides of the fence.
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Into the Beautiful North is about Nayeli, the main character in the book, going North (to America) to find men that are willing to go back to Mexico to protect the women and repopulate the dwindling village she lives in.  The author, Urrea, is very descriptive in his writing and really makes you feel what it is like to live in Nayeli's little Mexican village.  However, the characters seemed dull and lifeless and the plot itself was widely predictable.

**I did not get paid for this post.  All opinions are 100% my own unless otherwise stated.  I received a complementary book in order to write a real and honest review.**

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