The Tortilla Curtain

The Tortilla Curtain

Book - 1996
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The lives of two different couples-wealthy Los Angeles liberals Delaney and Kyra Mossbacher, and Candido and America Rincon, a pair of Mexican illegals--suddenly collide, in astory that unfolds from the shifting viewpoints of the various characters.
Publisher: New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : Penguin, 1996
ISBN: 9780140238280
014023828X
Branch Call Number: FICTION BOYLE 1996
Characteristics: 355 p. ; 20 cm

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A freak accident causes two couples — a pair of Los Angeles liberals and Mexican illegals — and their opposing worlds to collide in a tragicomedy of error and misunderstanding.

A freak accident causes two couples — a pair of Los Angeles liberals and Mexican illegals — and their opposing worlds to collide in a tragicomedy of error and misunderstanding.


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MicheleJ
Jan 22, 2013

At the beginning of the book, I liked most of the main characters but by the end.......didn't like any of them. This was a very "harsh" book to read however.....I would recommend it.

It forces one to look and think about both sides w/o blessing one and cursing the other.

Plus, good writing.

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uncommonreader
Oct 14, 2012

This novel tells the story of two families in Los Angeles - a Mexican man, his wife and baby trying to survive against impossible odds and bad luck and an affluent, liberal American family. It is about racism and ultimately, compassion.

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madRubicante
Jun 07, 2011

I had to push myself to finish this book. The beginning showed originality and promise, but as it progressed, it just became ridiculous and even surreal. I understand that racism is still alive and kicking in the U.S., but it felt too over-the-top in this book. It was hard to become attached to the characters things went from bad to worse to god-awful. I started feeling less and less concerned about them, which is (I'm pretty sure) the exact opposite of what the writer intended. It was a quick read, but didn't impress me much.

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