The Old Gringo

The Old Gringo

Book - 1985
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Set during the Mexican Revolution, a frustrated spinster, a retired journalist, and a fiery young general are inexplicably drawn together as they face love, death and war.
Publisher: New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, ©1985
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780374225780
Branch Call Number: FICTION FUENTES
Characteristics: 199 pages ; 21 cm


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Three main characters find themselves in the mist of the Mexican Revolution. In their relationship the old gringo (Ambrose Bierce), an American schoolteacher and a leader of a revolutionary band highlight the differences between two cultures and try to understand their own essence.

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Feb 07, 2014

"The old gringo came to Mexico to die." The old gringo is American author Ambrose Bierce, best known for his Civil War stories and "The Devil's Dictionary." In 1913, he left for Mexico and was never seen again. Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes's imagines what happened to Bierce during his Mexico period, where he gets mixed up in the Revolution and with an American woman living down there. Pancho Villa has a cameo. You'll definitely appreciate this more if you're familiar with Bierce's writing. Later made into a film with Gregory Peck as Bierce.


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