Sunday, February 23, 2020
American Dirt - A must read!
me that the only way I would know if the comments were valid was to read it.
American Dirt was ordered at the same time that I ordered "Stable Genius". No two books could
be farther apart in subject matter. The first was about a narcissistic person who has put our country in jeopardy.
The second book, American Dirt is about the American dream and people's hope and desire along with their courage and bravery to get to the USA. To get away from violence and certain death.
I must admit at the beginning it was difficult to read due to the violence but determination made me continue. So glad that I did. The research done to write this book was evident to those of us who have lived and traveled in Mexico for a long period of time. For those of us who have seen the people riding the trains. For those of us who care and work to help the immigrants attempting to get to the USA for a better life.
It was difficult to read it as a book of fiction because so much of it was factual. The development of the people in this book was touching and scary and, at some times, hard to believe. But, many of us have known these people!
If everyone in the USA read this book, hopefully there would be less resentment and anger and way more understanding of the asylum seekers.
Reading it, it is apparent to me that I would never, could never be brave enough to do what the mother of Luca did to save him.
Back to the criticism of the fact that this author is not bi-racial and therefore should not have written this book. To me, that is an absurd criticism. So, then, why don't those critics write this story?
Where was the criticsm when Theroux wrote "Plain of Snakes" which, to me, was so critical of Mexico and not helpful in any way to the understanding of the people.
There are so many books out there written by others who definitely did not do the research that was done for this book. I read them, scoff, and do finish them in hopes that there is some redemption somewhere in the book. Sadly, usually, there is not.
Read this book, please. Now I understand why Oprah put it on her reading list. Lots of people will get an education of the harrowing story of bravery, empathy, and courage of the people from South of the Border.