- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Univ of Nebraska Pr; 1st edition (June 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0803235100
- ISBN-13: 978-0803235106
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.1 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,352,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Fascinating. Beautifully written. Deeply researched. With sensitivity and respect, Wendy Call has written about the modernization of a centuries-old community. It’s a story happening everywhere, including our own backyard. This is a book written with humility, bravery, and wisdom, and honors those who trusted the writer with their incredible stories.” --Sandra Cisneros, author of House of Mango Street
“A terrific read. Wendy Call has reported passionately and written sensitively about the people of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec one of Mexico s great cultural repositories at a crossroads in their history. That there are no easy answers to the dilemmas of modernity and cultural authenticity is the painful conclusion she draws us to, in one engaging episode after another.” --Alma Guillermoprieto, author of The Heart that Bleeds
“Wendy Call has a big, pertinent story to tell globalization and she does a marvelous job of bringing it to life. On every level, the work succeeds. She has merged an enormous amount of investigation with a graceful belletristic tone, ferreting out the subject's contradictions and complexities. It’s a beautiful job.” --Phillip Lopate, editor of The Art of the Personal Essay
“The story of the isthmus of Tehuantepec is the story of the world. We know its heart. Brave people all, who resist the tide that disrespects language, landscape, and a way of life. Wendy Call has recorded loss, love, pride, and hope in a way profound and clear. --Denise Chavez, author of Loving Pedro Infante and founder/director of Border Book Festival
“Wendy Call's book offers us much more than a personal view of the people in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec. She challenges mythologies about this region of Mexico and provides a vital assessment of the current state and collective concerns of indigenous people who are resisting globalization. Her work is illuminating.” Elena Poniatowska, author of Here’s to You, Jesusa! and Massacre in Mexico
“No Word for Welcome maps the complexities of Mexican lives, and also of the human heart. Wendy Call s narrative gorgeously tells the stories of people who have held on to their families, cultures, and identities despite the encroachment of our global world.” --Loung Ung, author of First They Killed My Father and Lucky Child
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The book No Word for Welcome by Wendy Call, illustrated specifically what the characteristics of real human life in an indigenous cultural values, and beliefs was; that is before the tragic, supposed advancements of the western modern movement. Wendy Call is very descriptive in her owns ways, “The fat of her upper arm flapped as she waived furiously, then a man stretched his arms in front of her face to snap a picture of the commandants,”(NWFM pg. 163, 164) but made it comprehendible, easy to picture, and humorous.
Her ethos claim, living amongst these people made the reader experience what she had the three years she spent recording her personal experiences. She does a thorough job explaining what the power of industrialization and western culture could do to a lifelong cavitation so serene, so simple, so easy, and so human. She raises awareness as to what big companies are doing to create a new world for people who are content with their ways of life. “Yes man came to earth to destroy it.” (NWFM pg. 239) She does a wonderful job explaining what industrialization and globalization does and can do to man when simply introduced.
Although going against powerful companies and political appearance; the power of community, culture, and belief; allow a movement against a possible western movement. This is a must read and recommend it an audience prepared to accept the inert possibilities of the inevitable movement of globalization to a world we as a group could all agree on, a world more advanced than our own.
The book No Word for Welcome is about a small village trying to preserve their lifestyle and self identity as they know it, and not conform to the industrialization of the rest of the world. Through this journey Call encounters many different types of people and gains a new perspective about life on the isthmus of Tehuantepec. The small village is right in the middle of where government officials want to build a new super highway that's just one part of the "mega project", which is a sub part of el plan de Ochoa. Call goes in depth with a detail prose describing the events that took place during her field work. This for me was a valuable learning experience, because I am now able to imagine what's going on in the lives of the people of Tehuantepec, and their distinctive way of life. Call gives the reader a better surrounding image of this setting. I believe that Call's main purpose of the book is that one doesn't necessarily have to conform to foreign rules in order for one to live a happy and fulfilled life.
This book is the real story of people who strive to protect their traditional culture against industrial developments, as in the cast of the villages settled in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec. This place Mexicans call their country's "little waist." These indigenous people fight against foreign corporations and Mexican government to protect their land and culture. The "Mega project" is a form of industrial development that puts at risk their land, crops, and way of life, to build places like resort and hotel businesses. The people of the Isthmus experience unfair treatment such as relocation, rich ranch owners' cash crops which destroy their villagers' crops. These measures seem to aim to destroy Tehuantepec's farmlands, and render its people unable to receive proper medication, medical treatments, and lack of freshwater and electricity. Call writes in detailed propose and provides precise information about the situations and opinions of the people involved. In the beginning of the book, Call explains very thoroughly the trials of the people of the Isthmus, so her audience and reader able to follow and see the scenes through the experienced and her superb appeal to the senses. Even the reader who does not know much about the Mexican cultures can easily follow the easy however sophisticated narrative. I believe that Call's purpose is successfully expressed throughout the chapters by the depiction of hardships and efforts of the residents of "the little waist" and how the fight to protect their land and culture. Since the author reveals the urgency of suffering caused by economic globalization, I can assume that No Word for Welcome is a call to engender the reader's awareness and to generate altruistic actions towards the villagers of Mexico's Tehuantepec.
In the book No Word For Welcome Wendy Call gives the readers her output on a situation that a small village called Isthmus of Tehuantepec, which is located in Mexico. Through her writing she takes us along her journey that gives us an outlook on all the hardships that the villagers are faced with. I feel that her book is a cry out to the world for help. Help towards the villagers that she was with and any other small civilization that big companies, or the government is running out of their roots. The way she promotes her ideas make it a unique book because she gives us personal stories of what she see's, hears, and feel's. All of those methods of description that she uses in her writing make the issue a clear one to understand. This novel was truly inspiring to read because you can tell that Wendy Call is someone that wants to make an impact in this world and through No Word For Welcome she is being able to do just that.
No Word for Welcome, is a creative non-fiction book. Wendy Call takes the readers on a painstakingly detailed rigorous journey through the beautiful, culture-packed villages of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec to show the bitter fight of the indigenous people against the industrial giants, such as PEMEX, rich foreign investors, and even the Mexican government. Although the lives of the villagers are not as prosperous as ours, readers of developed countries, they make the best out of the natural resources that have been available for them for generation, and are still able to live a fulfilling life. Their lives depend on the fishes and shrimps of the sea, crops of their farms, and woods of the forests. However, their peaceful existence is consistently under attack by PEMEX oils spills, poisoning of crops by mining, outright stealing of villagers lands, relocations of villages, and the Mexican government's "Trans-Isthmus Mega Project" (ruthless plans for mass industrialization without the consent of the people). Calls' book urges people to be aware of the individual tragedies rather than turning a blind eye, believing in the "collective concern." Upon reading No Word for Welcome, you will too have a difficult time repressing the urges to shout for justice, as Wendy Call did in the necessity of writing for us about her experience.
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