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A neat snapshot of Revolution
on November 28, 2009
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.