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The Mixquiahuala Letters [PDF / EPUB] The Mixquiahuala Letters Focusing on the relationship between two fiercely independent women Teresa, a writer, and Alicia, an artist this epistolary novel was written as a tribute to Julio Cort zar s Hopscotch and examines La Focusing on the relationship between two fiercely independent women Teresa, a writer, and Alicia, The Mixquiahuala Epub / an artist this epistolary novel was written as a tribute to Julio Cort zar s Hopscotch and examines Latina forms of love, gender conflict, and female friendship Ana Castillo s groundbreaking first novel, The Mixquiahuala Letters, received an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation and is widely studied as a feminist text on the nature of self conflict.

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    In the modern U.S., i married a poor man out of love Poverty had won out and separated us i was of the multitude and survival and perversions were ingrained i had been instilled with cynicism and, very soon, the only door opened to me to escape the banal destiny planned from birthexplodedinto a billion splinters of sheer farce, without a sound Ana Castilo, The Mixquiahuala LettersI read this on the heels of reading Anzaldua, another Chicana feminist It was good timing because I was able to recall what I learned about Chicana feminism from Anzaldua, and identify the same themes in this book.The format of this book was a series of letters from Teresa to her friend, Alicia, two creative women who refuse to follow traditional roles The letters were very revealing not only do we experience the friends travels around Mexico, we re also able to read their thoughts and also understand the society they lived in, and the inner conflict they experienced.Being a woman is evident in every letter that is written, in everything the women experience and how they experience it Race plays a major part, as does privilege as Americans and English speakers The letters didn t have to directly or explicitly address a situation, for example colourism, sexism, yet the themes were very clear, and a reminder of how Chicana feminist theory, comes from lived experiences From years afterward you enjoyed telling people that I was from Mixquiahuala It explained the exotic tinge of yellow and red in my complexion, the hint of an accent in my baroque speech, and most of all, the indiscernible origin of my being My cousin s a very nice looking guy He s been trying to get into films but I m sure it s his dark complexion, and Huichol like features that are standing in the way of Hollywood discovering him Some years ago he had a small part on a TV show where he played a gang member from the barrio He was told to speak with a heavy accent although my cousin Ignacio speaks four languages and all flawlessly Throughout there was also some discussion about feminism, wifehood, and women feeling trapped in their relationships and societies This book was written in the 1980s so I m sure things have changed since then, but so much has also stayed the same When a woman entered the threshold of intimacy with a man, she left the companions of her sex without looking back Her needs had to be sustained by him If not, she was to keep her emptiness to herself I haven t read many travel stories from women of colour so I found this to be an interesting account of the minority traveller experience, especially as a woman We has abruptly appeared in Mexico as two snags in its patterns Society could do no than snip us out We would have hoped for respect as human beings, but the only respect granted a woman is that which a gentleman bestows upon the lady Clearly, we were no ladies What was our greatest transgression We travelled alone Definitely recommended.

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    4.5 5 Mexico Melancholy, profoundly right and wrong, it embraces as it strangulates.Destiny is not a metaphysical confrontation with one s self, rather, society has knit its pattern so tight that a confrontation with it is inevitable. There are many gaps in my reading record, but one of the largest and or most unforgivable is that of Chicana Xicana literature My return to the university has brought me even closer to that country my homeland loves to bleed, the food and the views and the people of that Latino Latina Latinx extraction, fueler of drug lord narratives and political plans of the Great Wall of Texas, or whatever is the name of the latest US scheme to control absolutely what along this particular borderland is injected and extracted I ve indulged in Bola o and M rquez and Allende in a half assed attempt to understand the whole of the countries in the south of this unnaturally spliced continental mass, but it s not the whole that s cleaned my house every month for as long as I can remember It s not the whole that s railed against on public television with implications of single mothers and welfare and the utmost need for women like me to sterilize the likes of them out of duty to nation and kith and kind Academia has its ills, but shoving me through whatever ice was keeping me from books like The Mixquiahuala Letters is not one of them.No one wants a woman of color in the halls of postmodernism although the politics of that statement s tricky cause there s plenty of white Latinxs on both sides of the nation state, and if you ve ever parsed the matters of Latinx and Hispanic and black and white brown you know how easily the power relations break down and why one s never permitted to think intersctionality, y know , so we ve got this postmodernist epistolary novel shoved in Womens and School and Feminism Alright, then Let s roll with how the novelty s not much beyond the Hopscotch structuring and the inevitability of talking about menace and abortion and gang rape when it comes to women and even so when it comes poor women and even when it comes women with physical evidence of indigenous blood As it states, nothing new The socioeconmoics of colorism and fetishization I am reminded of So Long a Letter with two friends of great divergence and long acquaintance, except those two never drifted along the roads of grit and ghosts and godforsaken lies Spring break Tijuana or whatever college kids do these days, except that s where one s family resides Tacos and tequila and drug mule delights, except that s where one s history bleeds My local supermarket keeps fucking around with Day of the Dead make up and, regardless of whether you refer back to The Book of Life or the sex worker led protests against the female homicides of Ciudad Ju rez, that shit s all sorts of bad faith The irony of my atheist self being respectful of other spirituality s than whatever Christian majority s setting the market price wore off a long time ago.Maybe it s the survival aspect that turned me off from this branch of feminism I d eventually have to learn to respect if I ever wanted to get anywhere in life Sordid conspiracies and violent cartels are far titillating when one follows the trail of bodies instead of side tracking forever behind the ones who got away, and it s harder to thrill at the dramatic reports of Mexico when one considers the women who live through them The young rebel, the family rejects, it falls apart, the less young come back, the least young conform, the family accepts, the drugs fall off, the children live, an inheritance of pre colonial civilization and post colonial livelihood becomes the day to day requirements of food, security, love When that happens, one can no longer label the violent events of time as excitement, freedom, necessary experience, a tale to tell the grandchildren, anything but what they are She could ve been raped, but she wasn t She could ve been killed, but she wasn t White girls travel to Mexico in order to perk up their lives a little, but the shields of physical wealth and that military industrial complex of a US breathing down the other s neck does wonders for the perks of survival For two women who lack such measures, there is a record of friendship that may yet, may not, may still The hour that was for them, for us, all who had awakened one morning to see their fields covered with blood rather than the harvest, who didn t seek to change the world but lived in good faith and prayer offered to an imposing God, for the young women who mended their mens clothing and held their sons mouths to the purple nipples of sweet breasts, for the man who watched the sun descend behind the mountain every evening and dreamed and when his sons were grown, passed on his dreams, for the black nights when guitars harmonized with the wind s song, to the bottle of regional brew, and a hand rolled cigarette, to the baptism and a dance of celebration, to the aroma of soups simmering on wood burning stoves and filled the bellies of those who worked the fields, to a candle that burned in vigil while a hungry mind gulped the printed truth of another s legacy, to the owl that called from between the moon and earth while lovers enwrapped their passion on silver tinted grass, to the history of the world and to its future, to all that had lived and died and had been born again in that moment as i approached an opaque window and pointed my weapon.

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    This book was highly recommended to me a while back, and I quickly added it to my wish list as it looked exactly like the kind of book I love to read Honestly, I d say this book was a disappointment All the men were losers, manipulative or abusive or cruel The women seemed to wander from man to man, from loser to loser And that was the plot of the book The two main characters in the book write letters to each other, bemoaning the men in their lives and celebrating their strength as powerful women I didn t see any powerful women in this book Instead, I saw women who defined themselves over and over in terms of whether or not they had a man In the book s defense, the copyright date is 1986, so perhaps the characters in that time frame in that culture were revolutionary I wouldn t recommend this book, not even to women friends who are part of this culture.

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    i loved that there were three optional orders for reading the letters instead of a table of contents, and i thought it was beautifully written, but i found the two main characters extremely irritating.i suppose it just wasnt my cup of teahowever i LOVE ana castillo s poetry, and would suggest checking that out

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    Destiny is not a metaphysical confrontation with one s self, rather, society has knit its pattern so tight that a confrontation with it is inevitable The Mixquiahuala Letters are a work of creative genius and I know that I wasn t fully able to grasp it When I finished reading the letters, I was left unsatisfied with the ending I went back to read the author s note and I seriously wanted to give a standing ovation The letters aren t meant to be read in the order we are used to In fact, she warns the reader about this in the beginning, she then breaks down the different journeys you can take with the book The options are for the conformist , for the cynic and for the quixotic The letters allow us a literary voyage following the lives and relationship of Teresa, a writer and Alicia, an artist The summary of this book claims that we are focusing on the relationship between two strong and fiercely independent women and I m not here to contradict that statement but I will tell you that this book would majorly fail the Bechdel test Every single experience presented to us surrounded men That doesn t take away from the beauty of the book and I believe it s done on purpose to show how much conforming to the expectations, demands, and danger from men hampers their growth The letters are from Teresa to Alicia, so we are only able to glimpse one side of the relationship Teresa is a wonderful guide but I wouldn t say she s a reliable narrator as we are only able to see the intervening years through her perspective There was a point in the book where Teresa intersperses her letters with poetry It caught me by surprise but it was an amazing addition to the story I want to say so much about this book, one that captures so many themes in only 138 pages, but there is so much I still have to comprehend I will definitely be reading this book in a different order many times I wonder how much my interpretation of the book will change then The women presented in this book aren t perfect but they are rebels They refuse to adhere to the conventions of the time that means to shackle them They travel to Mexico by themselves, drink and smoke, sleep around with men, leave their husbands, subvert and play around with the roles and scripts thrown at them, and spout their opinions and ideas to everyone They are flawed but they are human They are fighting against a world that refuses to accept them as they are and continues to want to mold them, against their wishes, everywhere they go.If you are looking for a Chicana, feminist literary text then this is the book for you If you want to fall in love with words, then this is definitely the book for you Ana Castillo s lyricism shouldn t be missed I am definitely not giving you a great review here and that s because there is so much to unpack and it will require readings for me to get at the heart of what Ana Castillo wrote Just give this and her writings a chance I am sure that it will be an enriching experience.

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    Reading The Mixquiahuala Letters felt, as the title suggests, as if I was following a correspondence, albeit a once sided correspondence As all the letters were by the narrator to her friend reminiscing on their past experiences and ultimately their relationship With each letter Castillo s thoughts come and go, one leads to the next, snatches of memories, longer bits, short flashes her train of thought Making the story not about them, but how someone actually reminisces Unfortunately because of this there is a disjointed feel, and it took me a while to get into the book as I wondered where Castillo was going However what was interesting is in using this format Castillo evokes the way we write our correspondences We tap into an energy as if we re talking with to the person we are writing to The reader can feel the anger, love, fear and remorse that fill Castillo letters And even though the book itself, for me, wasn t successful, the concept was.

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    I love the idea of this book a narrative of multiple options, bifurcated trifurcated paths, story lines that curl back upon themselves, then skip forward At the beginning of the book, she gives three options for moving forward for the conformist, the cynic, and the quixotic I couldn t decide which I was, or which I wanted to pretend to be, and so I plunged forward I read Letter 1 and then realized none of the three options began with the first letter So I continued to read, straight through nonconformity through conformity.

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    Kind of dated and I wasn t too keen on the disjointed story telling via letters I didn t really get the point of the story such as it was There were a few good, quotable lines however,

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    Ana Castillo is a master of words I m so excited that this book allows you to have a different reading experience each time

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