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4.0 out of 5 stars A neat snapshot of Revolution
The Underdogs (translated by Waisman) is a neat snapshot of the Mexican Revolution from 1913 to 1915. Azuela does a fine job - and Waisman by extension - of capturing several different characters and their motivations over these two years. In the beginning, their intentions pure, a small band of revolutionaries fights against their oppressors - Huerta and his...
Published on November 28, 2009 by N. Johnson

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2.0 out of 5 stars Lost in the Translation
A vibrant period in Mexican history, but the translation's grammer era was off kilter. It was like "valley girl" idioms coming out of the mouths of characters from the late 1800s and early 1900s, it just did not hit the mark. I guess I will go back to the spanish text and just struggle through it for a more realistic framework.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A neat snapshot of Revolution, November 28, 2009
This review is from: The Underdogs: A Novel of the Mexican Revolution (Penguin Classics) (Paperback)
The Underdogs (translated by Waisman) is a neat snapshot of the Mexican Revolution from 1913 to 1915. Azuela does a fine job - and Waisman by extension - of capturing several different characters and their motivations over these two years. In the beginning, their intentions pure, a small band of revolutionaries fights against their oppressors - Huerta and his supporters. The revolutionaries are welcomed across small towns, rancheros, and haciendas as saviors against the Federales. The small band fights, grows larger, is favorably recognized, and battles some more. But as time changes, so do intentions. It is precisely these human intentions that Azuela poignantly brings into question. It is a short novel well worth your while.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Lost in the Translation, May 7, 2012
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A vibrant period in Mexican history, but the translation's grammer era was off kilter. It was like "valley girl" idioms coming out of the mouths of characters from the late 1800s and early 1900s, it just did not hit the mark. I guess I will go back to the spanish text and just struggle through it for a more realistic framework.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Campesinos are smarter than you think, August 31, 2013
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The author reflects the prevailing and sympathetic Mexican elite view
of campesinos in the era of the revolution. That is, while expressing empathy, he seriously underestimates their level of consciousness which
can be found in Revolutionary Mexico and other books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The perfect cycle of triumph, corruption, and misery., January 22, 2014
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An interesting glimpse into the chaotic world of a group of anti-federalist soldiers in Mexico's revolutionary period. Perspectives are humanistic and while at first demonstrate the idealistic attitude and machismo of the revoultion become distorted when exposed to the harsh realities of the conflict. Text resonates with the cyclical nature of the Mexican power struggle. Important read for anyone who seeks deeper understanding of the conflicts that plagued mexico in a sociopolitical context.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not the best translation, May 30, 2013
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The dialog does not flow well. Some of the names should not have been translated or should have been translated differently (Towhead?!).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Underdogs: about the Mexican revolution, September 29, 2014
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The best novel of the Mexican Revolution? Well, it was insightful, basic writing about uneducated people who fought. Made me wonder about my ancestors. I could almost see them in the writing. I would recommend the book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! It is, October 23, 2014
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Great book! It is, in my opinion, a good translation that tries to convey the same feelings and emotions that the original copy, written in Spanish, conveys. It is definitely worth the money.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disheveled and confusing but has some brilliant descriptions., November 19, 2014
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The purpose isn't clear. There is much added that isn't clear or connected. Easily confusing. Some brilliant descriptions though. Miserable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good book, September 23, 2014
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Liked it a lot, good emotional account of the MR. Contains a lot of nuance and insight you may not find in history textbooks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, September 22, 2014
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I really like this book! You'll enjoy it if you're interested in studying radicals of Latin America.
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The Underdogs: A Novel of the Mexican Revolution (Penguin Classics) by Mariano Azuela (Paperback - July 29, 2008)
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