By Sam Quinones
Sam Quinones’s first booklet, actual stories From one other Mexico, used to be acclaimed for how it peered into the corners of that nation for its higher truths and complexities. Antonio’s Gun and Delfino’s Dream, Quinones’s moment selection of nonfiction stories, does a similar for some of the most vital problems with our occasions: the migration of Mexicans to the United States.Quinones has coated the area of Mexican immigrants for the final 13 years--from Chicago to Oaxaca, Michoacan to southeast l. a., Tijuana to Texas. alongside the way in which, he has exposed tales that aid remove darkness from all that Mexicans search once they come north, how they alter their new state, and are replaced through it.Here are the tales of the Henry Ford of velvet portray in Ciudad Juarez, the emergence of opera in Tijuana, the unusual goings-on within the L.A. suburb of South Gate, and of the drug-addled colonies of outdated international German Mennonites in Chihuahua. via all of it winds the story of Delfino Juarez, a tender building employee, and modern day Huckleberry Finn, who needed to go away his village to alter it."Sam Quinones is a border legend. For these within the understand, his reportage has been reason for occasion. Now, with Antonio's Gun and Delfino's Dream he's taking us in the back of the traces and undercover. He places a human face on 'illegal immigration,' and he supplies us beautiful tales of survival and dread. besides the fact that, he accomplishes whatever extra helpful than an insignificant parade of sensational set pieces--Quinones starts off to place the advanced concerns within the gentle of knowing and hard-won wisdom."--Luis A. Urrea, writer of The Devil's street and The Hummingbird's Daughter
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Hippies, punks, goths, heavy-metal types come together in the Chopo, among stands selling blue hair dye, spiked dog collars, earrings, tattoos, CDs, and posters of the most obscure punk and heavy-metal bands. Delﬁno was fourteen when he got his eyebrow and bottom lip pierced in the Chopo. He shaved his hair into a towering mohawk, bought a leather jacket, tight, ripped pants, and Converse tennis shoes. Suddenly he was a punk. Delfino I / 27 In the Chopo, he ﬁrst heard of Che Guevara, who was a revolutionary and died like a dog for advocating liberty for everyone.
He had a large organization of supporters and a name that was nationally known. But party leaders gave the candidacy to another, believing Monreal would submit in silence. That had been the PRI way. People joined the party only because it never lost power and thus could guarantee them a government job or an elected ofﬁce. A politician who didn’t get a coveted candidacy had no choice but to acquiesce and wait his turn. But in the s, as the PRI crumbled, opposition parties began winning elections.
That’s how things remained until the late s, when a lot began to change back home. 8 The world dates Mexico’s new political pluralism to July and the victory of Vicente Fox, who won the presidency and broke the PRI’s hold on national power. But Fox’s victory was only the culmination of many less-noticed events in states around the country. One place the breakdown of the PRI could be seen was in Zacatecas in the late s. Zacatecas had been a mighty fortress of PRI support. Its business class was weak, and anyone else who might have opposed the ruling party had left for the United States, or been bought off.
Antonio's Gun and Delfino's Dream: True Tales of Mexican Migration by Sam Quinones