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Andean Lives: Gregorio Condori Mamani and Asunta Quispe Huaman Hardcover – April 1, 1996


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 199 pages
  • Publisher: Univ of Texas Pr; 1st edition (April 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0292724918
  • ISBN-13: 978-0292724914
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,580,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It brings to life the words, worldview, and historical consciousness of Gregorio and Asunta, who impart their accounts with stoicism, humor, and anger. Their descriptions of life in rural villages, isolated mines, semifuedal haciendas, and the houses of their powerful Misti masters in Cuzco are eloquent testimonies to the beauty and brutality of everyday life in the Andean highlands. (Translation Review 1996-12-01)

A highly readable book. The testimonies are vivid and intimate accounts of the brutality and exploitation experienced by landless Indians in the Andes. They also reflect the patience, humour, determination and defiance of these people. . . . As they tell their stories, we see the complexity of Andean culture, ethnic and gender relations and Peruvian history. Our understanding of the significance of Gregorio's and Asunta's testimonies are aided by the annotation and glossary provided by Gelles and Martínez. The annotation, which makes reference to many recent works, is particularly useful and would make this book a good starting point for teaching students about the Andes. This book will also be of use to those interested in the writing of ethnography and oral history. (Bulletin of Latin American Research)

Andean Lives is a superb book, highly recommended for readers of all levels of expertise and interest in South America. . . . [It] will serve as a wonderful introduction on the undergraduate level to Andean history and culture, and could also be used in a general Latin American Studies course. The book is completely appropriate for advanced courses such as history or anthropology graduate seminars focused on the modern Andean region, as well as literature or culture classes concerned with problems of translation, cross-cultural relations, or oral history. The work is also entirely suitable for general readers. The smooth and open quality of the translation and its ability to draw the reader into the world and life experiences of the speakers deserves the highest accolades. (Latin American Indian Literatures Journal 1997-03-01) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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One of the most beautiful and moving books that I have read on Andean life. (R. Tom Zuidema, author of Inca Civilization in Cuzco) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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By A Customer on July 14, 2004
Format: Paperback
This is a testimony written by native peruvians. The innocence and candor is truly revealed throughout their works. Its easier to read than some other indigenous testimonies. The title, Andean Life is a bit misleading though. Maybe it would have been better to call it Peruvian Andean life, or something more specific. Although Peruvian andean life isn't different to let's say ecuadorian andean life by a lot, there are major differences in cultures throughout the andes. Suerte!
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By A Customer on February 2, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is definately the best introduction there is for those who are interested in the Andes or those who are planning on traveling to Peru or other Andean countries. It is great to get the inside story from the indigenous peoples themselves, and gregorio and asunta are great storytellers!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 29, 1999
Format: Paperback
I had to read this book for an Anthropology class. Didn't think it was going to be very interesting, but I really like the book. It's a book about the lives of Gregorio and Asunta, and it basically tells of their hardships as Runas, in Peru. I don't think its the kind of book that people would actually pick out to read for entertainment, but if you have to read it for a class, don't be so bummed out about it cause I'm sure you'll really like it.
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