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Product Details

  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Owl Books (February 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805063749
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805063745
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Gentle, funny, transcent." --The New York Times Book Review

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Joe Mondragon, thirty-six, is a feisty hustler with a talent for trouble, who slammed his battered pickup to a stop one day, tugged on his gumboots, and marched into an arid patch of ground. Then, illegally, he tapped into the main irrigation channel. And so began John Nichols' classic tale of the little guy against the big guy -- THE MILAGRO BEANFIELD WAR.


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Well written tale of humor & depth.
Daniel D. Gustafson
This is such a comedic book, I feel off the couch several times laughing so hard it hurt.
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If you have seen the movie and liked it at all, read this book.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Elderbear VINE VOICE on April 9, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is a truly enjoyable book, a fun read full of interesting, quirky characters, revealed in a mini class-war. The peace-loving agrarians of Milagro find themselves oppressed by the city slickers & suits who draw up water-compacts & grazing regulations. Slowly, but certainly, they're being squeezed off their ancestral lands, having their buccolic lifestyle eroded by the landed, the government, and the wealthy.
But this is not a grim, revolutionary novel, full of dogma and bloodshed. It's a tale of a bunch of characters, who really just want to be left alone, backed against the wall and making their last stand.
Who couldn't cheer for Cleofas or Joe Mondragon? Who doesn't want to drop El Zopilote into the Rio Grande with cement shoes? The protagonists seduce you into their stories, and their enemies are disgusting precisely because they are so removed, because they are so ordinary, so boring.
Nichols demonstrates to us that authentic people work the land, work their jobs, lead their lives, and that their lives are worthy of storytelling. In our dominator culture, the wealthy are the powerful. Their lives, while pampered & protected, are dull, uninteresting. We only care about them when our heroes stop bending over for them and say "enough is enough." Look deeply within yourself & see just how much of Joe Mondragon you carry. Now, log off the internet & see if you can live a life worthy of Milagro.
Five stars for characterization. Five stars of making a tired plot (underdogs vs. oppressors) so much fun. Five stars for a gentle, funny read that worms its way into your heart.
(If you'd like to comment on this review, click on the "about me" link above & email me. Thanks!)
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Fillekes on January 21, 2000
Format: Paperback
I had been living in Northern NM for about a year when I read The Milagro Beanfield War. I took it with me on a backpacking trip through the Pecos Wilderness. I had been completely bewildered by the wide variety of cultures surrounding me in my all-too-brief sojourn in the Santa Fe area.
The Milagro Beanfield War, with its warm wit and characterisations, made all the little puzzle pieces I had been fumbling with come together--from the Taos real estate broker who told me at a party in White Rock that he didn't like to sell land to "those people" because "they just pull in a trailer and start raising chickens and pigs right there in their front yard--ruins the neighborhood" (he could have been a character in the book) to the reverence of my neighbors for the centuries-old practice of community care of the acequia.
The magical internal lives of the local characters and the convoluted way in which the story is told are really part of the rich texture of the place -- nothing is ever straightforward or simple. That's the beauty of it.
Read the book. The movie captures very beautifully what a movie can -- but there's so much more in the book! In particular, the female characters are even stronger, better and more interesting.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Kendall VINE VOICE on June 26, 2000
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If, like me, you need an occasional break from the cynicism and irony that prevails in modern fiction, you're probably just looking for a good, warm-hearted, read. This is it. It offers up a story of people who are at odds with each other, but learn to compromise. The characters are quirky, but the writing is not overly cute, as is the case with authors such as Tom Robbins, to whom Nichols is sometimes compared. This is essentially a "good time" read. Those looking for deep human insights or psychological delving should look elsewhere. This one's an unadulterated joy-ride.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Deacon Blues on June 10, 2005
Format: Paperback
I remember reading this in high school after my mom was caught breaking into hysterical fits of laughter for no apparent reason. (Yes, she was reading the book. No, she's not Mercedes Rael.) Being that I'm from the Southwest, it has aspects that ring close, but one could apply the 'lessons' to pretty much any struggle of haves vs have-nots. That is, if you don't get so caught up in the character interactions and the background mythos of the town to keep track of those lessons.

Unfortunately, the movie of the same name was severely watered down, although some characters (Kyril Motana, the state cop) came fairly close. If you enjoyed the movie, you'll probably love the book. If you thought the movie was 'overly sweet and bucolic' then be prepared for a surprise - John Nichols version is a lot more crude, rude, and lets face it, real, than Redford's movie production.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 12, 2000
Format: Paperback
I was sent a copy of this book aloong with "The Monkey Wrench Gang". Gang looked like it would be more fun so I read it first and thought it was great. Then I read "Beanfield". This book knocked my socks off. It was so funny and yet so poigniant I couldn't put it down. Much like Dickens, Nichols characters come to life right on the page. Only one other book hit me as hard and that was "Coockoos Nest". I went one step farther and wrote Nichols a letter and he responded with a hunt and pecked letter in response that is still one of my personnel treasures. Robert Redford thought it was a good story and so I must also thank him for making an unforgetable movie with fantastic music. Many Thanks to both of you for your vision and your genious. Mal Heffernan
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