Sweet and tender with a side of revolutionary politics thrown in. A New Mexican poet and journalist who was once jailed for her alleged participation in smuggling Central American refugees, Martinez has written an often lyrical, poetic story of a young woman Maria falling in love with a Salvadoran refugee Jose Luis, a divinity student of liberation-theology bent and dealing with the emotions and consequences engendered by that relationship as well as a forgotten, troubling past of her own. Although at times the shifts in tense and voice were somewhat disconcerting, as well as the jumping around in the telling of the story, I thoroughly enjoyed this novella. Several times I stopped, re-read, and even underlined sentences and passages that I just liked, such as:
Reviews Mother Tongue Velvetink score! Brings to life the heartache of refugees from El Salvador and the war there in the 80's. Based partly on the authors experiences helping the underground railroad of refugees out of El Salvador, it's an easy and quick read.
Contains poetry from various Latin Americans and is written via the voices of several characters and three generations and at it The Awdude Mostly this book is about the El Salvadorian civil war, for the prolonged duration and extreme violence of which the U.
There's some nice prose here; by "some" I mean a little bit; and Martinez does bring genuine heart to such a heartbreaking subject, there's no doubt about that, but she also frames it in one of the sloppiest narratives that I've read in a long time.
It's the story of a romantic idealist, Linda A beautiful, poetical book honoring the disappeared. We need to remember our humanity and realize that any one of us at any time could be the victim of violence. With humility, we need to know the ones we have never known and who will never be known to anyone ever again.
So many immigrants are fleeing horrible things. More has to be done, even if it is only to acknowledge that they exist and that they once existed lives filled with love and fear Tia Telles My Favorite read from college. Benny King Sweet and tender with a side of revolutionary politics thrown in.
Jim To anyone interested in El Salvador and the Sanctuary movement, I enthusiastically recommend this novella. A New Mexican poet and journalist who was once jailed for her alleged participation in smuggling Central American refugees, Martinez has written an often lyrical, poetic story of a young woman Maria falling in love with a Salvadoran refugee Jose Luis, a divinity student of liberation-theology bent and dealing with the emotions and conseq Michael Blackmore Despite a bit of a rough start I really enjoyed this book.
I initially read it because it dealt with the turbulent times in the s with the US supporting horrific acts by oppressive governments in parts of Central America and supporting equally horrific terrorist groups in other parts and the community of activists in the US working on solidarity issues.
The beginning was difficult because it was told through the eyes of a clearly troubled w Alex I tried to find some redeeming features in this book, and I just couldn't. The narrator is absolutely insufferable. It's like reading pages of a particularly delusional, self-obsessed teenage girl's diary- which is essentially what this novel is, except that Martinez is trying to use it as a vehicle for commenting on the El Salvadorian civil war and the treatment of refugees in the USA.
Unfortunately, she doesn't actually gives the read Aime I loved this book. The beautiful lyrical prose is so haunting as she retells her love for a man that was both torn and made by war.
The way the book is narrated through a series of journal entries, letters and recipes make it even more real.Transnational Community in Demetria Martínez’s Mother Tongue Ariana Vigil Abstract Relying on feminist theory concerning difference, identity, gender, and solidarity, “Transnational Community in Demetria Martínez’s Mother Tongue” reads Martínez’s novel through a transnational femi-nist lens.
Demetria Martinez is an American activist, poet, and novelist. She was born on July 10, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
She is a graduate of Princeton University with BA from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
She has been an editor for the National Catholic Review in. About Demetria Martinez.
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Demetria Martinez is the author of the widely translated novel Mother Tongue, which won a Western States Book Award for Fiction. Martinez also wrote The Block Captain’s Daughter, which won an American Book Award and the International Latino Book Award for More about Demetria Martinez.
A Literary Analysis on “Mother Tongue” By Demetria Martinez Essay Words Dec 2nd, 11 Pages A Literary Analysis on “Mother Tongue” By Demetria Martinez “His nation chewed him up and spat him out like a pinon shell, and when he emerged from an airplane one late afternoon, I knew I would one day make love with him” (Martinez, 3).
Aug 12, · Summer Reading Suggestion: Mother Tongue by Demetria Martinez Mother Tongue is the story of a young woman who falls in love with a Salvadorean refugee. The woman, Mary/Maria, grapples with her identity as a Mexican-American, using her relationship with Jose Luis, the refugee, as a defining factor in her identity search.
"Demetria Martinez’s new novel, The Block Captain’s Daughter, revolves around a group of activists. But more than about activism, it is a novel about faith, whether social, cultural, political or religious—a faith that propels the characters to action in the hopes of achieving justice and redemption.