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Mexizona: An American Dream Kindle Edition
"Depth of Lies" by E. C. Diskin
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Mexizona is a story of racism and xenophobia set at the Arizona-Mexico border, with a Romeo and Juliet spin. Until chapter 22, I could not identify a hero or heroine for the story. Racism (also greed, ambition, lack of empathy) is the villain, as manifested in the sheriff, among many others. Sheriff Foster isn't really an evil guy; he's doing what he thinks is right. His teenage daughter, Hannah, and Diego, a young illegal immigrant, are the lead characters.
Carson is so successful in his portrayal of the emotional anguish, conflicts and tragedies caused by racism that, for me, the book was heavy and depressing, pertinent though it may be. Hannah and Diego's story is one of love at first sight. They spend only stolen moments together, so their level of commitment appears immature and unrealistic. The ending is abrupt and, although not so tragic as R&J's, I didn't find it uplifting, either. In the book's description, Carson gives reading-level indicators and, because the novel is making a point, it does seem like a good one for a high school assignment. This appears to be a stand-alone novel, but if he'd planned a sequel, I'd pass, because I read for entertainment, and Mexizona is heart-wrenching.
I'd gladly purchase another Carson novel, though, and will be anticipating the second in the Gypsy Curse Trilogy. Keep writing, Mr. Carson!
Well-defined characters are a big deal for me in a book. I’ve read terrible storylines that I would have trashed if it were not for some of the dazzling characters that kept me in it for the long-haul. Luckily for me, I got a captivating story with many emotional twists and turns, AND dazzling characters, as well, in Mexizona.
The book seemed to start out with somewhat of a biased slant in the beginning development of some of its characters. I’m thinking at the time, “hmmmm, this author is just pushing his own political ideas off onto the reader through his story.” Give it a chance though if you have the same perception. As the story progresses, it gradually unfolds objectively from one side of the spectrum to the other—a rather broad scale of political/biased attitudes on illegal immigration at our US/Mexican borders.
The many political and moral issues that surround illegal immigration are brought to light in this book and told in a vibrant, real-life story. With solid character development and gripping results of these characters' actions throughout this story, the reader gets a pretty intimate look at how citizen’s lives are affected on both sides of the border. It’s NOT far-fetched like some may think. If you’re going to low-star the book, make sure to do a little homework first to see what it’s really like for those of us Americans who live just north of the US/Mexican border. For instance, I am Caucasian, was born in the U.S., and am personally living within the real-life world of illegal immigration on the American side. (I’ll get to that in the next paragraph.) Quick note here too--not sure if it matters, but although I have mixed feelings about illegal immigration, I still try to look at the issues as objectively as possible. I like to think more for myself rather than follow along with the biased beliefs/opinions of others on either extreme ends of the political spectrum.
For the one-star reviewer(s)...Don’t knock it if you haven’t tried it. I live in a rather affluent area in southern California, just several miles north of the Mexican border. Our schools and neighborhoods are filled with Spanish-speaking children and families. The student population is mixed with both poor Mexican immigrants and some of the richest of the rich (mainly Caucasian) in southern California. The immigrants, whether legal or illegal, all live and work together for the “whole” of their family AND community. They send their meager wages earned from back-breaking labor to their less fortunate family members in Mexico. As they send their earnings south, they still have to pay U.S. tax dollars, which we all know supports the costs to run our American public school system, the costs for county/city travel infrastructure, which by the way, they do more walking and bike-riding on than trouncing with a long daily auto commute. Also, their taxes contribute to disability and social security benefits for American-born citizens. I’m not saying that ALL illegal immigrants pay taxes, as not all of them are able to obtain the paperwork needed to work legally in the US. But then to be fair with that argument, not all American-born citizens “honestly” pay their taxes.
Perhaps that was a little too verbose for this book review!? But...I really feel passionate about this book, as it touches on many of the complex and moral issues surrounding illegal immigration, and it is done so in a well-written, true to life, captivating story.