I, Rigoberta Menchú: An Indian Woman in Guatemala
Her story reflects the experiences common to many Indian communities in Latin America today. Rigoberta suffered gross injustice and hardship in her early life: her brother, father and mother were murdered by the Guatemalan military. She learned Spanish and turned to catechist work as an expression of political revolt as well as religious commitment. The anthropologist Elisabeth Burgos-Debray, herself a Latin American woman, conducted a series of interviews with Rigoberta Menchu. The result is a book unique in contemporary literature which records the detail of everyday Indian life. Rigoberta’s gift for striking expression vividly conveys both the religious and superstitious beliefs of her community and her personal response to feminist and socialist ideas. Above all, these pages are illuminated by the enduring courage and passionate sense of justice of an extraordinary woman.
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In the mornings, we sometimes drink coffee or sometimes only water. We usually
make pinol, that is, maize toasted and ground. This is drunk instead of coffee
because coffee is too expensive for my parents to buy. Sometimes my parents ...
Our little house is full to bursting. All this takes about half a day. There is a lot of
smoking; and the drinking is very significant. With each drink goes a sort of prayer
. First they say: 'This is the sacred wine of our ancestors, they were not forbidden
Women drink as well. That is something incredible in these towns because it's not
only the men who want to let themselves go and forget their problems for a while,
but the women too. The thing is that very often a mother hasn't had a moment's ...
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And that's when my consciousness was born" By sally tarbox on 22 December 2017 Format: Kindle Edition The autobiography of a young Guatemalan peasant woman who went on to win the Nobel Peace Prize ... Ανάγνωση ολόκληρης της κριτικής
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This was an interesting autobiography, or testimonial as Rigoberta calls it, but hard to read. The writing style is rather monotonous. In addition, the book is rather mired in controversy, ever since ... Ανάγνωση ολόκληρης της κριτικής
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