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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; Reprint edition (April 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452271606
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452271609
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #306,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In Vea's debut, a nine-year-old boy searches for meaning amid the squatters and rusty Cadillacs of an impoverished Phoenix suburb in 1958.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Marigolds, the flowers of the goddesses, and an old dog, the herald of completion, give the Spanish title to this first novel of magic, deep love, and grinding poverty in a neglected edge of Phoenix. At its center is Beto, a fatherless, prematurely wise boy, and his abuelitos ("grandparents"), Spanish Catholic Josephina and Yaqui Manuel. They live on Buckeye Road, a place of peculiar racial harmony born of solidarity in poverty. Their neighbors in this Cadillac graveyard and tarpaper community include young Boydeen, living scarred under a porch and speechlessly writing down all she hears; and mournful prostitute Vernetta, whose abundant flesh diminishes with her lost son's return. Many fascinating characters with singular, sometimes fantastic stories both enliven and crowd this sorrowful, entertaining, erratic novel. A good choice for adventurous readers.
- Janet Ingraham, Worthington P.L., Ohio
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 31, 1998
Format: Paperback
i began to write this book in 1989 when i was defending a Mexican-American boy against a charge of murder. The judge and the jury in this small San Joaquin valley town were so incredibly racist and abusive toward my client and myself that I took my anger and frustration to my small computer. (The boy was convicted, but his sentence has since been reversed...specifically because of the the judge's abuse of his power.) A story of the true origins of culture; a story about race that began in anger slowly became a love song for culture, for people on the outside. ALFREDO VEA JR.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By C. L. Schoon on December 7, 2000
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This book is honestly the best one I have encountered in a very, very long time. The manipulation of time, the unexpectedness of virtues in characters so many other authors would have made into cliches, the theme of physics as a unifying science, all make this a book about so much more than "Buckeye". It's about the world, the universe, life and death, ancient ways colliding with progress. If you want to change the way you see the world, read this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 18, 1999
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This novel carries with it ghosts and magic, love and forgiveness; it carries the embodiment of the human spirit. It is simply a work that has affected me deeply for several years--something I may pick occassionally to read aloud, to hear the lyric and respect with which this story has been told.
The pastiche of characters: Beto and his family, locals and drifters, find humanity within each others' alienation in a desolate yet profound environment.
If you have been moved by the history and beauty of Marquez or Allende, and other so-called Magic Realists, if the poetic style of Michael Ondaatje appeals to you, and if you are still haunted by the characters of Steinbeck's "The Wayward Bus" or "Cannery Row"--you must read this book. And if you have read this book, please consider reading a book by Canadian author Sky Lee called "Disappearing Moon Cafe." It is equally as gorgeous.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By karla on June 12, 2000
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I haven't read a book that has touched me this much in years. I was awed by the music in Vea's words, breathless trying to understand the layers of meaning found in this book. It's like a beautiful dream, or a kaleidoscope from which you cannot and do not want to look away. You will enjoy this book if you are into Magical Realism, or simply if you like exploring the themes of family, death, and the supernatural. A gem of a book. I wonder if the book was originally writte in Spanish-- I suspect it would be even more beautiful that way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. J. Fyke on November 21, 2006
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Partially autobiographical, La Maravilla tells the engrossing tale of a young boy growing up in a migrant workers' "town" outside Phoenix, AZ, in the 1950s and 60s.

Speaking to some of the other reviewers' comments that the book is difficult to get into, I found that the "slow" beginning was actually the author building the base on which the wonders of the rest of the book so beautifully fit.

Rarely have I felt such a sense of wonderment and connection while reading a work of fiction. Vea's depictions of some of his characters can (and should) be labeled magical realism, but those touches make the characters even more real and allow the reader a deeper understanding of the world Vea has constructed.

Read this book. You won't regret it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Reader on October 12, 1998
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This is one of the most gorgeous books I have ever read. If I had to chose 10 books to be stranded on a desert island with, this would certainly be one of them. Thank you, thank you Mr. Vea for giving us this wonderful treasure of a novel.
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The extensive descriptions of poverty and the ways to cope with it were most interesting.
I liked less the parts using magical realism.
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This book has become one of my all-time favorites. I didn't want it to end because I loved all the characters so much (even the seedy ones). It reminded me of a story that I loved when I was younger, Ray Bradbury's "Dandelion Wine", in the way the author created a vivid and compelling world. I will never forget Josephina and her "scorpion water" or Manual and his "caboose".

The way that the author wrapped up the story details at the end when the main character is an adult was skillful and pleasant to read.
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