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A reality check about the plight if migrant workers, the reality of life near lá linea, the border, and an environmental statement as well. Exhaustively researched. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Matthew Dixon
This book is larger than the United States, squarely centered on the human, and can best be understood as a Twentieth Century equivalent to "Moby Dick". Read morePublished 18 months ago by David Loyd
It’s an effort to even pick up this weighty tome, in content and heft, which took ten years to write. Read morePublished on November 17, 2013 by John L Murphy
I was assigned this book for a class and I have to say this is probably one of the worst books I have ever read. Read morePublished on February 3, 2013 by JR
I'm from El Centro, the center of the wide-ranging region that Vollmann has dubbed Imperial, and I feel like he has traced the steps of my buddies and I as we've explored the place... Read morePublished on December 5, 2012 by Jacume
This book is a massive collection of information and opinion on the Imperial valley. I picked it up off a bargain table and have just about given up after reading 300 pages. Read morePublished on November 11, 2012 by rick from Boston
I had hoped that Imperial would provide a clearer picture of the lives of my ancestors who worked the fields of Imperial Valley from about 1910 to 1932. Read morePublished on November 4, 2012 by arascal
This is a simply awful book. I got about a third of the way through it and finally gave up. I moved to El Centro in 1999, around the same time that William Vollmann started coming... Read morePublished on July 1, 2012 by Thomas A. Olafson
Probably the best description of Vollman's writing is "self-indulgent." For those who grew up on the spare expository style of John McFee, prepare for a frustrating abomination. Read morePublished on May 6, 2012 by SFC