Across the Wire: Life and Hard Times on the Mexican Border by Luis Urrea

By Luis Urrea

Luis Alberto Urrea's Across the Wire deals a compelling and unheard of examine what lifestyles is like for these refugees residing at the Mexican aspect of the border—a international that's just some twenty miles from San Diego, yet that few have obvious. Urrea provides us a compassionate and candid account of his paintings as a member and "official translator" of a staff of reduction staff that supplied reduction to the various refugees hidden simply at the back of the flashy vacationer spots of Tijuana. His account of the fight of those humans to outlive amid abject poverty, unsanitary dwelling stipulations, and the criminal and political chaos that reign within the Mexican borderlands explains indubitably the explanation such a lot of are pressured to make the harmful and unlawful trip "across the wire" into the United States.

More than simply an divulge, Across the Wire is a tribute to the tenacity of a those that have realized to outlive opposed to the main most unlikely odds, and returns to those forgotten humans their satisfaction and their identification.

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Yes,” I replied. ” “Oh,” he said. “Come with me, friend. ” There is another story about identity and culture that contrasts with and complements this one. In October of 1993 I lived in a small house with a family I will call the Socorros—Ernesto, Camilla, and their six children. Visitors frequently stayed at the little house, since the family loves having company, especially the sophisticated urbanites who come to take hallucinogenic mushrooms at night and relax in the mountains during the day.

Each nation is clearly distinguished from all the others—they all wear different colored uniforms and have different national anthems. As soon as an athlete appears on the television screen, the viewer knows his or her nationality. But the very traits that distinguish them also unite them. Athletes and nations are differentiated in the same style: through different uniforms, anthems, colors, flags, and the three letters that always appear after an athlete’s name—a standardized abbreviation of his or her country.

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