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Anthropologist David Stoll later uncovered evidence of inconsistencies within Menchu's story. Conservative cultural activists interpreted Stoll's research as discrediting Menchu's story. For example, David Horowitz blasted Menchu as a "liar" and further condemned "I, Rigoberta Menchu" as "one of the greatest hoaxes of the 20th century." Many derided such attacks on Rigoberta as politically motivated and intellectually dishonest.
I think that "I, Rigoberta Menchu" has, perhaps, been misunderstood and misused by people on both sides of the left/right political divide. And so, for that matter, has the work of David Stoll. While he is sharply critical of the book in his own work, "Rigoberta Menchu and the Story of All Poor Guatemalans," Stoll also corroborates parts of her story. In fact, at the end of his own book Stoll praises "I, Rigoberta Menchu" as a Guatemalan "national epic" (p. 283).
Because of all of the accusations and counter-accusations being thrown around by people with conflicting political and intellectual agendas, it is daunting to even approach "I, Rigoberta Menchu.Read more ›
I Rigoberta is a conversation, and as such the person speaking isnt always checking her diary or wikipedia to check that how she remembers it is 100% correct. But the emotions, the repression she felt and the horrors she witnessed are told to us from an honest place.
I read this for one of my college classes at Princeton and I just discussed this book at my book club.
Another thing to consider is the genre that this book falls in. It is not a memoir or an autobiography. It falls under the category of latin american literature known as tesimonio. This differs from the direct translation of testimony. I recommend readers do some research on the politics of testimonio and whether or not all that is said is needed to be true.
It is a great book to start a conversation on the politics of ethnicity and whether books like these are needed to be entirely truthful or factual!
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Amazing story. Amazing author. Well worth the read. The story will remain with you for a long time.Published 14 days ago by Edward M.
An incredible true story that left me shivering and in awe at what this woman was able to survive and do.Published 1 month ago by Carney M. Doucette
Wonderful book about Mayan life and their struggles in Guatemala. I learned a tremendous amount and have a new appreciation for a culture that I knew very little about. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Cathy
It is a book full of wisdom, culture, traditions of the peasants that live a huge struggle to survive. Read morePublished 5 months ago by G. E.
This book is a fabrication designed to further the feminist agenda of destroying the family unit. It has been proven to be false. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Julie F Klusty
An eye opening diary on a topic many people may not know much about.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer