Texas: The Great Theft

Texas The Great Theft Mexico s greatest woman writer Roberto Bola o A luminous writer Boullosa is a masterful spinner of the fantastic Miami HeraldAn imaginative writer in the tradition of Juan Rulfo Jorge Luis Borges an

  • Title: Texas: The Great Theft
  • Author: Carmen Boullosa Samantha Schnee
  • ISBN: 9781941920008
  • Page: 183
  • Format: Paperback
  • Mexico s greatest woman writer Roberto Bola o A luminous writer Boullosa is a masterful spinner of the fantastic Miami HeraldAn imaginative writer in the tradition of Juan Rulfo, Jorge Luis Borges, and Cesar Aira, Carmen Boullosa shows herself to be at the height of her powers with her latest novel Loosely based on the little known 1859 Mexican invasion of the U Mexico s greatest woman writer Roberto Bola o A luminous writer Boullosa is a masterful spinner of the fantastic Miami HeraldAn imaginative writer in the tradition of Juan Rulfo, Jorge Luis Borges, and Cesar Aira, Carmen Boullosa shows herself to be at the height of her powers with her latest novel Loosely based on the little known 1859 Mexican invasion of the United States, Texas is a richly imagined evocation of the volatile Tex Mex borderland Boullosa views border history through distinctly Mexican eyes, and her sympathetic portrayal of each of her wildly diverse characters Mexican ranchers and Texas Rangers, Comanches and cowboys, German socialists and runaway slaves, Southern belles and dancehall girls makes her storytelling tremendously powerful and absorbing.Shedding important historical light on current battles over the Mexican American frontier while telling a gripping story with Boullosa s singular prose and formal innovation, Texas marks the welcome return of a major writer who has previously captivated American audiences and is poised to do so again.Carmen Boullosa b 1954 is one of Mexico s leading novelists, poets, and playwrights Author of seventeen novels, her books have been translated into numerous world languages Recipient of numerous prizes and honors, including a Guggenheim fellowship, Boullosa is currently Distinguished Lecturer at City College of New York.Samantha Schnee is founding editor and chairman of the board of Words Without Borders She has also been a senior editor with Zoetrope, and her translations have appeared in the Guardian, Granta, and the New York Times.

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    1. Boullosa achieves the amazing goal of immersing you in a cast of 190 named characters so that as events unfold in the border troubles of 1859, you participate as if you belonged to all segments of the community. Each individual has both an assigned trade--butcher, vaquero, innkeeper--and a political role they choose or find thrust upon them. (Women are important characters here, so I’m going to use the less-than-desirable ‘they’ rather than ‘he’.) That is, while the conflict is sparked [...]

    2. For native Texans, “The Great Theft” component of this novel’s title could be substituted with “The Great Corrective,” or even “The Great Slap in the Face.” I was officially taught Texas history decades ago in elementary school, and I am sure what I learned was as myth-fueled as accounts of U.S. history than include George Washington chopping down the cherry tree. Over the years, I have picked up a more realistic view of how this state developed and I assume that what is taught in [...]

    3. with a colorful and lively ensemble cast, mexican novelist carmen boullosa offers a fictionalized account of the 1859 first cortina war. texas: the great theft, while beautifully crafted, at times suffers from a surfeit of characters and over-exposition. flirting with the fringes of magical realism, however, boullosa's tale is a rollicking re-imagining of the mid-19th century border skirmish set along the rio grande."if we don't get rid of them, before we know it they'll pass a law preventing us [...]

    4. Le pondría 2.5 estrellas mas no existe esta opción. Pocas veces soy tan duro con un libro en su reseña pero debo confesar que realmente no me gustó. En general se me hace pretencioso y siento que no hay una línea narrativa clara durante toda la obra. Si bien es cierto que el tema es fascinante y siento retrata de manera muy efectiva la situación social de la época, en especial el sistema esclavista del que inclusive los mismos Texanos han decidido ignorar de sus libros de historia, la aut [...]

    5. A totally different sort of reading experience. Just go with the flow, don't try to remember who all the characters are. It was helpful to read some about the book. A very interesting perspective from the Mexican point of view.

    6. ‘Texas: The Great Theft’ begins with a straightforwardly told encounter: the Sheriff of Bruneville (a small town on the Texan-Mexican border) ‘spits five words at Don Nepomuceno: “Shut up, you dirty greaser.”’The story is set in 1859, at the time of the Mexican-American border wars, and this encounter is the spark that lights the tinderbox of north-south relations. We follow the news as it spreads around town, and its consequences begin to unfurl, moving with it from one house or mar [...]

    7. Es una de las novelas más accesible y divertidas de Boullosa. Toma como ingredientes los hechos históricos pero tiene una manera tan maestra de combinarlos con la ficción que el resultado es muy gratificante. Hoy en día da miedo invocar a La Imaginación. Hoy en día todo tiene que ser trágico y "real" para considerarse serio. No es así. La literatura, alta literatura de Boullosa transplanta la historia a su propio planeta. Y su planeta literario es rico en Historia y Ficción. Esto es un [...]

    8. "Through the intricate plot and multitude of characters, both principal and peripheral, Carmen Boullosa’s novel Texas seems to score a direct hit Yet the plot tends to get lost in the central plains of her novel, which detracts from a satisfying reading experience." - Janet Mary Livesey, University of OklahomaThis book was reviewed in the May 2013 issue of World Literature Today. Read the full review by visiting our website: bit/ZwBisa

    9. learn how texicans expand their might and power in 1859 border region of brownsville/matamorosfunny, disgusting, full of intrigue and power plays, a good way to get your history lessons/lesions

    10. A remarkable book that tells the so hidden truth of American expansion in the west through her eyes and words. A must read.

    11. Texas: the Great Theft by Carmen Boullosa Translated from the Spanish by Samantha SchneeDeep Vellum Publishing978-1-941920-00-8$15.95, 285 pgsOnce upon a time in Texas, there was a man perturbed, even aghast, by the rarity of contemporary translations of literature in this country. Thus was born Deep Vellum Publishing. Deep Vellum, based in Dallas, released its first title today. Woo hoo! Congratulations all around. And what a debut it is: Texas: the Great Theft by Carmen Boullosa, translated fr [...]

    12. Really 2.5 - 2.75 ⭐️I enjoyed the history, particularly the alternative perspective from what I learned in school, in Texas. There were moments of beautiful, lyrical language -- is that Boullosa or the translator or a combination? However, I never did settle into the story. The omniscient POV was, at times, useful and effective. Mostly though, the story felt disjointed due to all the switching between characters. SO many characters that I had to start over three times to try to keep it all s [...]

    13. I'm a huge fan of Deep Vellum Publishing. Its books and its mission are both top shelf. Having said that, this book just doesn't work for me. Too much stage-setting, not enough story-telling. I'm not sure if it's a good story told in a manner too clever by half or simply not a good story, but either way it doesn't grab the reader the way most Deep Vellum and other good books do.

    14. Rarely have I discovered an author with greater grasp on her characters. In Texas, Boullosa commands a vast expanse of characters who draw along one storyline. I worried that the plot would be too confusing with this cast, but they enhance it to paint an engrossing portrait of the Republic.

    15. At various points this book made me: laugh, angry, bored, excited, speechless, frustrated and amazed.I found myself thinking about it, what parts I liked and disliked, to a greater extant than I have any other work of literature in the last year or so. That is a very good thing.

    16. 3.5? It's very readable and I learned a lot about Texas and American history. But I read a lot of it on a plane and there were a lot of characters to keep track of I can see that this is a good (great?) book but it didn't move me.

    17. Great book by a legendary Mexican author. Provides a much needed Mexican perspective of Texas history

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