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Into the Beautiful North

A Novel
Urrea, Luis Alberto (Book - 2009 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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Nineteen-year-old Nayeli works at a taco shop in her Mexican village and dreams about her father, who journeyed to theUS to find work. 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 Magníficos"--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.
Authors: Urrea, Luis Alberto
Title: Into the beautiful North
a novel
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 342 p. ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Luis Alberto Urrea
Contents: "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 Magníficos"
to repopulate her hometown and protect it from the bandidos who plan on taking it over."
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ISBN: 0316025275
9780316025270
Branch Call Number: FICTION URREA 2009
Subject Headings: Mexico Emigration and immigration Fiction Return migration Mexico Fiction Illegal aliens United States Fiction Brigands and robbers Mexico Fiction City and town life Mexico Fiction Young women Mexico Fiction
Topical Term: Return migration
Illegal aliens
Brigands and robbers
City and town life
Young women
LCCN: 2008039962
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Nineteen-year-old Nayeli works at a taco shop in her Mexican village and dreams about her father, who journeyed to the US to find work. 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 sev... Read More »

2010: All the men have left Nayeli's small town in Mexico and criminals and 'banditos' are moving in. After seeing The Magnificent Seven, she decides to travel north with a group of 7 men to recruit more men to come back and repopulate her village. The adventures of the 7 made me feel how I felt ... Read More »


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Jul 08, 2014
  • mill01pj rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A zany story about illegal immigration that reveals many truths.

Dec 08, 2012
  • vansce rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I learned about beauty amidst squalor, courage and resolve in the face of terror.

In recent years, the tiny Mexican village of Tres Camarones has been losing its men to the lure of good jobs in the U.S. Inspired by the film The Magnificent Seven, beautiful 19-year-old Nayeli decides to leave her home for "el Norte," where she plans to find and ultimately bring home seven men to repopulate and protect Tres Camarones. With encouragement from the women left behind and accompanied by three friends, Nayeli marches north (making it across the border on the second attempt), where she finds far more than she'd been looking for...

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Jun 13, 2012
  • lmcshane rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Enjoyed the characters and the somewhat far-fetched storyline. I think it is redeemed by some lyrical descriptions and real comprehension of the desperation on both sides of the border. Easily more of a young adult fiction title for promoting with first generation immigrants from Mexico.

Jan 26, 2011
  • namowkoob rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Aaahhh, Urrea is also a poet, so the language is beautiful. A touch of magical realism and a heroine who is both very touchingly human and sometimes a little bit superhero mythical. And just a heartbreakingly realistic portrayal of people's struggles along the Tijuana border ... somehow Urrea manages to insert some humor in all this. A gift!

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Jul 08, 2014
  • mill01pj rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A zany treatise on illegal immigration, it reflects many truths.

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