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Lion Eyes Hardcover – October 15, 2011
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About the Author
Victor Villaseñor is the author of the national bestsellers Rain of Gold, Thirteen Senses, Burro Genius, and Crazy Loco Love, the last two of which were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize; as well as other critically acclaimed books, such as Beyond Rain of Gold, Wild Steps of Heaven, and Macho!, which was compared to the best of John Steinbeck by the Los Angeles Times. He is also the author of five ancestral-themed bilingual children’s books, and has written several screenplays, including the award-winning The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez. The original Rain of Gold trilogy is now being developed into a wonderful movie, worthy of the books that are so loved! Villaseñor, a gifted and accomplished speaker, continues to live on the North County San Diego ranch where he grew up.
Top Customer Reviews
There is some puzzlement as to who is doing the writing. Victor, whose name is on the book as the author, sets the book out to be written/spoken in the first person by 3 people, Jan, his wife and his son. And yet, how did this happen? Were they tape recorded? Wrote in a journal that was then translated to paper? What? I bring this up because taping people's statements and then setting them down in print is NOT being a writer. It's being a recorder. Apparently, Victor exercised little or no editing authority over what these people said. Therefore, I hope he shared the profits with them equally for they are the true authors and did most of the work!
First of all, this is NOT a mystical book or even an Indian book; it is a Christian book, despite lions helping Jan. After all, Daniel was also helped by lions in their den, so . . . Jesus is found aplenty and either the Bible is referenced or he is on almost every page.
Second, the repetition is egregious as is the hyperbole. For example, within the first 30 pages you hear the lion story FIVE times. How many times do we need to hear it? And must we read that Jan is noble and kind over and over again? There is fatuous self-promoting with very little humility, unless you count someone saying, "I am a very humble man" as taken.
Third, I must protest to Hay House who published this mishegas.Read more ›
Lion Eyes is a story of the power of deep, unwaivering commitment, courage and trust in divine support, and the power to make a difference that such a life can engender--a power that can produce "miracles." To those who question the factuality of seemingly miraculous events described in this book, I respond by saying that I heard these stories from Jan and Mireya Milburn two years before Lion Eyes was written. I had the good fortune to co-lead, with Jan and Mireya Milburn, two journeys to Barranca del Cobre to introduce American elders to Tarahumara (Raramuri) elders. The respect these elders have for Jan, whom they call "Grandfather," moved our groups to tears.
I heard many of the details behind these stories, which due to space constraints could not be included in the book, in twenty hours of interviews I conducted with Jan two years ago. As the only white man to have been trained as a mayori, the highest position of elderhood among the Tarahumara, Jan has a unique perspective on the culture and spirituality of these indigenous people who have been able to retain many of the elements of their traditional culture in spite of the onslaught of the modern world.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I recommend reading this book, it will give you another perspective of life.Published 10 months ago by Josie Thomas
Those familiar with Victor Villasenor's trilogy of how the families of his father and his mother escaped from the horrors of the Mexican Revolution to finally settle in southern... Read morePublished on April 18, 2014 by John Carrillo
This is well written and it opens doors to realities that have existed for a very long time.
Jan has done something that almost everyone has failed at in the past. Read more
We chose this book for our book club read as the book description sounded intriguing and the author well respected. Unfortunately, it did not live up to the expectations.Published on May 2, 2013 by SBReader
The biggest problem I had with "Lion Eyes" is the length. There is a great deal of repetition that needn't be there, and the book reads, in significant part, like a first draft. Read morePublished on December 20, 2012 by P. Mann
The write up about "Lion Eyes" sounded quite interesting, but I found the writing style to be similar to his previous book "Beyond the Rain of Gold. I quickly lost interest. Read morePublished on July 28, 2012 by Diane Holm
I had a good feeling when I read a brief description of this book and now having read the book, I wasn't disappointed at all. Read morePublished on July 20, 2012 by Bigstory