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The Underdogs
The Underdogs
by Mariano Azuela
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars Understanding Underdogs, Feb. 4 2004
Underdogs is a story about a farmer named Demetrio Macias in Mexico during the Mexican Revolution. The story follows Macias from the beginning of his involvement in the revolution until a very confusing end in which Macias is still fighting. This is not a book to read if you don't know much about the Mexican Revolution. Dialogue between the characters sort of gives you what is going on in the revolution but not enough to understand. What you really get is the manner of life Macias and his men live while fighting in the revolution. Early on, Macias and his men set off to fight against the government (who are the Spaniards) that are destroying their villages and towns. Eventually Macias and his men lose vision of who exactly they are fighting and they become the men who are destroying the villages and towns. The book ends with Macias still fighting for an unknown cause.

Joys of Motherhood
Joys of Motherhood
by Buchi Emecheta
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Un-Joys of Motherhood, Dec 10 2003
This review is from: Joys of Motherhood (Paperback)
The Joys of Motherhood follows the life of the daughter of a Great Chief in Nigeria during the first half of the 20th century. Trying to follow the societal norms of the Ibos Nnu Ego goes through a very hard life. Her first arranged marriage was failure because she could not have kids. He second marriage leaves her with many kids but a very difficult life, in which she stays tied to because of tradition. After trying to survive, in the city of Lagos, mostly on her own, she has nine children and in the end goes back to Ibuza, her home. The title "Joys of Motherhood" becomes ironic because she spends her life dedicated to motherhood but in the end, dies alone and miserable. Her children who have become modernized due to the colonization of the British in Lagos, become a series of disapointments for not fulfilling the traditional way of life.

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