Your cart

Your cart is empty

Books > Fiction > General & literary fiction > Modern fiction

Buy Now

Into The Beautiful North - A Novel (Hardcover) Loot Price: R557
Discovery Miles 5 570
You Save: R92 (14%)
Into The Beautiful North - A Novel (Hardcover): Luis Alberto Urrea

Into The Beautiful North - A Novel (Hardcover)

Luis Alberto Urrea

 (sign in to rate)
List price R649 Loot Price R557 Discovery Miles 5 570 You Save R92 (14%)

Bookmark and Share

Expected to ship within 7 - 11 working days

Three Mexican senoritas <\i>cross the border with a gay escort in this good-humored road novel from Urrea (The Hummingbird's Daughter<\i>, 2005, etc.).The coastal town of Tres Camarones has gone from sleepy to desolate since its men went north to "Los Yunaites," looking for work. Luckily there are two strong women in town. Middle-aged Irma, a no-nonsense former bowling champion, is running for mayor. Her niece Nayeli, a dark-skinned beauty one year out of high school, is her campaign manager. Nayeli misses her father, one of the migrants, and treasures his one postcard, from Kankakee, Ill. After Irma is elected, Nayeli turns her attention to the crime wave she sees coming - though all we've been shown are two out-of-luck drug dealers. Inspired by a screening of The Magnificent Seven <\i>at the Cine Pedro Infante, she decides to head north and bring back Mexican cops or soldiers to help her deal with the bandidos<\i>. Joining Nayeli in her quest are Yolo and Vampi, her "homegirls," and Tacho, gay owner of La Mano Caida Taqueria and Internet cafe. The premise is weak, and Urrea keeps everything cartoon simple so he can get his show on the road. The town takes up a collection and gives the girls a big send-off. In Tijuana, Nayeli fights off some bad guys before being befriended by Atomiko, ersatz warrior and authentic trash-picker, who insists on joining their mission. Using tunnels, they cross the border successfully on their second attempt. (This is well-covered ground for Urrea: See his nonfiction border trilogy, beginning with Across the Wire<\i>, 1992.) In a silly bit of farce, Tacho is arrested as a suspected al-Qaeda member. Meanwhile, the ladies spend time in San Diego. Their recruiting goes well. Yolo and Vampi find boyfriends. Nayeli, still single, goes back on the road with the liberated Tacho. They are heading for Illinois, her father's putative home, but the momentum has been lost and the ending is a fizzle.Minor work from a writer who has done much better. (Kirkus Reviews)
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. 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 Magnificos"--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."


Imprint: Little, Brown
Country of origin: United States
Release date: May 2009
First published: May 2009
Authors: Luis Alberto Urrea
Dimensions: 241 x 160 x 27mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 352
ISBN-13: 978-0-316-02527-0
Categories: Books > Fiction > General & literary fiction > Modern fiction
LSN: 0-316-02527-5
Barcode: 9780316025270

Is the information for this product incomplete, wrong or inappropriate? Let us know about it.

Does this product have an incorrect or missing image? Send us a new image.

Is this product missing categories? Add more categories.

Review This Product

No reviews yet - be the first to create one!