You Can't Push a Rope

You Can't Push a Rope

by Trafford Publishing
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read November 7, 2000
You Can't Push a Rope depicts a multicolored, multiethnic community with freshness and insight. Savvy and engaging, Clint Trafton, winner of the Frank Waters Southwestern Writing Award, portrays Chava Traxler, a Hispanic/Anglo teen as a youngster caught up in a family feud over repossession of a Spanish Land Grant property stolen by speculators in a small New Mexico town. I would highly recommend this and other works by Clint Trafton.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good New Mexico historical fiction March 6, 2014
By ThomasT
Format:Kindle Edition
I had no trouble giving this book five stars. I grew up in New Mexico (Belen, south of Albuquerque) during the years covered in this novel. The culture certainly rings true for me. Belen was a little unusual, at least from my perspective, in that the anglo and hispanic folks got along pretty well. I had friends who fell into the stomp (cowboy) category, a few who were pretty close to being pachucos, and lots of anglo and hispanic friends who were middle of the road. Clint Trafton's insights into the two cultures and his descriptions of what is was like to be a teenager during those times are very much what I remember from my youth. Also, in his characterization of Reies Tijerina agrees with my own opinion of the man; he visited a class I was in at the University of New Mexico where he simply talked over everyone and even got into an argument with a blond-headed guy who was in fact very much in sympathy with Reies.
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