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Altogether I believe that this novel is a great read as it is both enjoyable to read and informs people of valuable information urrfa many readers may not have even thought about before.

May 08, Susana Olague Trapani rated it really liked it Shelves: It was sometimes hard to keep reading Urrea’s portrayals of these people, unflinchingly honest about disease and decay and and violence and malnutrition. There is some comic relief in an essay about a day spent with a Tijuana cop, a digression with the story of the death of Urrea’s mysterious father, and a final episode of hope, when a radio station organizes the presentation of Christmas gifts to the kids of the garbage dumps.

Mexican border towns are strange, confusing, and sometimes wonderful, and Luis Urrea takes us there. Labor and Love in Guatemala. I think this book is necessary reading for anyone who lives in an American urrez near the border of Mexico. One or more items could not be added because you are not logged in.

May 16, grundoon rated it really liked it. The book peaks with “Father’s Day”, the story of Urrea’s father’s tragic death.

He meets residents of the Tijuana city dump, visits rural orphanages with American missionaries, and goes on calls with a Tijuana police officer. Nov 28, Pickle Farmer rated it it was amazing Shelves: There was an error while adding the following items.

My Nature Is Hunger. Thank you for using the catalog. Would you like us to take another look at this review? Continuing on, Urrea did his graduate studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder and later taught at the Expository Writing program at Harvard.


Luis Urrea was just starting out as journalist when he wrote this book. As I read his narratives I felt sick to my sick because of the sub human conditions that these people live in, anger at our government for the immigration policies, and ended by just wanting to cry when I read his Christmas story. He mixes his personal experiences with in depth character analysis of the people he interacted with. Want to Read saving…. One of the only gripes I do have is that the author often acts superior and writes as though he is speaking down to the reader.

We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. I was blessed enough to be born on the “right side” of the border, a clueless Mexican American.

His account of the struggle of these people to survive amid abject poverty, unsanitary living conditions, and the legal and political chaos that reign in the Mexican borderlands explains without a doubt the reason so many are forced to make the dangerous and illegal journey “across the wire” into the United States. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. A couple other aspects to the novel that may make the reader uncomfortable are the violent and graphic events and situations that the author illustrates.

Some people might actually like this book as I do because they seek for true stories of different or random people deal with. Urrea paints an honest and respectful portrait of the people who touch his life in the borderlands. This book will stay with me forever. Mexican-American Border Region — Social conditions. Urrea feels like non-fiction’s answer to Cormac McCarthy. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. How to write a great review Do Say what you liked best and least Describe the author’s style Explain the rating you gave Don’t Use rude and profane language Include any personal information Mention spoilers or the book’s price Recap the plot.

The chapter on his father’s death is heart-wrenching.

Across the wire : life and hard times on the Mexican border

I found this copy at a goodwill and it was signed. The following items were successfully added. A really great book shows us how everything is great and worth to die for.


Absolutely heart-wrenching stories of life on the Mexican border, all of them tinged with what makes up life: Characters are glimpsed vividly only tge disappear into chaos, but Urrea reconnects with one, a little girl barred from school because she’s barefoot. You probably don’t even have a television. I have come away from this reading with a new found respect for the people living in such situations. An earlier work of Urrea’s, it’s not as gripping a narrative as The Devil’s Highway: You can remove the unavailable item s now or we’ll automatically remove it at Checkout.

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Across the Wire: Life and Hard Times on the Mexican Border

I decided to read the entire book and was not disappointed. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Tijuana Baja California, Mexico — Economic conditions. Urrea does this by illustrating that San Diego is a beautiful place while just on the other side of the border and within sight is a disgusting garbage dump.

A True Storybut you can see that the path toward that book started with the recounti Absolutely heart-wrenching stories of life on the Mexican border, all of them tinged with what makes up life: About Luis Alberto Urrea. In starting last month a reread of “Across the Wire,” and taking in anew Urrea’s volunteer work and its impact, I was inspired to hook up with the New Sanctuary Coalition and train to do Immigrant Accompaniment.

The book as a whole felt a little choppy and jumpy, not acroes well written as it could have been.