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5.0 out of 5 stars A truly important book, truly beautifully written, December 1, 2002
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This review is from: In the Shadow of the Angel (Paperback)
The fascinating life of Antonieta Rivas Mercado, an impressive woman and one of Mexico's feminist heroines, told by the daugher-in-law she never knew. You will have to read this inspired biography and sprawling, gorgeously-written social history to learn why Antonieta never met Kathryn Blair -- in the meantime I can tell you that I would surely like to meet this wonderful author myself. Both English- and Spanish-speaking friends agree that her prose is extraordinary, with intelligence and grace shining through everything she writes. While drafting IN THE SHADOW OF THE ANGEL, Blair had access to a range of primary sources that most researchers would kill for, and she used them wisely and wonderfully, to bring both Antonieta, and her dramatic era (she was "born with the century" in 1900, and participated in many of its most important events and political-cultural currents), to life. Reading this fine book will definitely deepen one's understanding of Mexico in the first half of the 20th century, as well as one's regard for the strength of Mexican women; I believe it should be required reading of anyone who's been razzle-dazzled by Frida-mania!
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Initial post: Jan 24, 2012 8:50:40 PM PST
Vivian Blair says:
Dear L - Your review is excellent and as an author I want to thank you. You struck a chord that coincides with a deep desire of my own - that " In the Shadow of the Angel " be listed as required reading in universities that offer a course in Latin American studies or such. Amazon has recently listed my new book "Forging a Nation - the Story of Mexico"...I tell it as it has been and is - one drama after another with survival the goal and growth the result. Today Mexico is heading toward its place: the leader of Latin America.... I hope you´ll read my history because I would love to read your comment..
Mil gracias,
Kathryn Blair

In reply to an earlier post on May 24, 2014 2:03:26 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 24, 2014 2:13:10 PM PDT
L. says:
Dear Kathryn, I'm so sorry to be replying just now to your note on Amazon from 2-1/2 years ago! I never thought to check comments on my reviews, though had I known i'd hear from one of my very favorite authors, and one whose work has enhanced my life in such definite ways, I'd have checked daily! At any rate, I'm glad to be in contact now, and to let you know that I will post a review of "Forging a Nation" (wonderful, as I anticipated it'd be) as soon as possible...
Muchos saludos, Lucinda
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