Stavans has great fun, it's clear, twitting received wisdom. He observes, for instance, that Mexico's "Niños Heroes" may be an invention of folklore, and wryly remarks that "nationalism turns egotism into an ideology." Alcaraz has just as much fun, subversively borrowing stock figures such as the toucan (a symbol in much Latin American literature) and the skeleton to serve as a kind of ironic Greek chorus. But author and illustrator also fulfill an earnestly undertaken mission: namely, in Stavans's words, to "represent Hispanic civilization as a fiesta of types, archetypes, and stereotypes" and to tell its story from many points of view. In this they succeed admirably, and Latino U.S.A. is required reading for anyone interested in democratic, inclusive historical writing. --Gregory McNamee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I find graphic re-tellings to be a fun and easier way for students to grasp the concepts ...Published 10 months ago by Jo
Was hoping for accurate history to give rise/respect to a neglected history....Published 14 months ago by LInda Sanchez
Lightweight leftwing loose interpretation of Latino oppression in USAPublished on April 16, 2010 by Mary McGreevey