By Sam Quinones
Sam Quinones’s first e-book, precise stories From one other Mexico, was once acclaimed for a way it peered into the corners of that kingdom for its better truths and complexities. Antonio’s Gun and Delfino’s Dream, Quinones’s moment choice of nonfiction stories, does an analogous for probably the most vital problems with our occasions: the migration of Mexicans to the United States.Quinones has lined the realm of Mexican immigrants for the final 13 years--from Chicago to Oaxaca, Michoacan to southeast la, Tijuana to Texas. alongside the best way, he has exposed tales that aid remove darkness from all that Mexicans search after they come north, how they modify 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of opera in Tijuana, the weird goings-on within the L.A. suburb of South Gate, and of the drug-addled colonies of outdated global German Mennonites in Chihuahua. via all of it winds the story of Delfino Juarez, a tender development 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 be aware of, his reportage has been reason for occasion. Now, with Antonio's Gun and Delfino's Dream he's taking us at the back of the strains and undercover. He places a human face on 'illegal immigration,' and he supplies us attractive tales of survival and dread. despite the fact that, he accomplishes whatever extra worthwhile than a trifling parade of sensational set pieces--Quinones starts off to place the advanced matters within the gentle of figuring out and hard-won wisdom."--Luis A. Urrea, writer of The Devil's street and The Hummingbird's Daughter
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It was the day he stood out. He unleashed his body’s energy and ability not on behalf of KFC but in a bid for the smiles of cute girls and in advancement of his own reputation. The cheerful brashness that he knew to stiﬂe on the worksite could receive full expression by throwing his body around the breakdancing circle every Sunday. 34 / CHAPTER ONE One Sunday, he asked a pretty, quiet girl to dance. She didn’t know how, she said. I’ll show you, he told her. He taught her to dance cumbia. Her name was Edith Villanueva.
Break dancing and emigrating had a lot in common. Both required the daring to step beyond life’s limits and demonstrate one’s abilities. Only three men from Xocotla had ever gone north, and then only for a short time. But since coming home with a mohawk years before, Delﬁno had prided himself on being in Xocotla’s vanguard. Now he had a wife and a son on the way. They lived in the same shack he’d grown up in, and there was nothing protecting them from disaster should he be hurt and unable to work.
As everyone else departed, into this jagged and abandoned landscape wandered legions of timid rural kids who’d come to Mexico City for jobs as maids and construction workers and needed fun to keep sane. It was about this time that Samuel Shapiro, a drummer in a heavymetal rock band, started a Sunday afternoon dance hall on the patio of a building next to the Alameda. The patio, as it turned out, was where the Spanish Inquisition had burned Aztecs and Jews ﬁve hundred years before. Shapiro’s uncle, renowned soap-opera producer and writer Miguel Sabido, now owned the building.
Antonio's Gun and Delfino's Dream: True Tales of Mexican Migration by Sam Quinones