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He graduated from the University of California, San Diego, in This book was written in the early 90’s, I believe. A Glass of Water. Nov 28, Kurt Reichenbaugh rated it it was amazing.

A really great book shows us how everything is great and worth to die for. Urrea gives us a compassionate and candid account of his work as a member and “official translator” of a crew of relief workers that provided aid to the many refugees hidden just behind the flashy tourist spots of Tijuana.

th He devoted his time working with the people in his hometown of Tijuana. Urrea buys shoes for her; when they’re stolen, she’s expelled; her family disappears; ten years later, she lives in a chicken coop with her children, but her spirit and personality seem intact. Many of Urrea’s experiences are heartbreaking.

Last time I checked, his talk given at UW was available in full on Youtube; it makes an interesting companion to this book. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Deadmixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. I really enjoyed Urrea’s writing style.


Imagine how bad things get to make you leave behind your family, your friends, your lovers; your home, as humble as it might be; your church, say. Some Mexican border towns are strange, confusing, and sometimes wonderful, and Luis Urrea takes us there.

Across the Wire (Border Trilogy , book 1) by Luis Alberto Urrea

After reading Across the Wire I have found that it is worth reading in order to understand the information and learn about the lives of these people. The novel has the genres qcross Hispanic studies and Sociology as it gives detail into the actions and reactions of people and the situations faced by Mexicans along the Mexican-American border.


Using sparse, visual language, he creates imagery that cuts straight to the truth. More than just an expose, Across the Wire is a tribute to the tenacity of a people who have learned to survive against the most impossible odds, and returns to these forgotten people their pride and their identity.

Across the wire : life and hard times on the Mexican border

Before you read any other of his amazing books, this book would ths a good place to start. One or more items could not be added because you are not logged in.

Thank you for using the catalog. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. You can remove the unavailable item s now or we’ll automatically remove it at Checkout. From the Trade Paperback edition. We appreciate your feedback. The book is based on true life short stories of poor people that had experience a tremendously horror in their daily lives. The following items were successfully added. The purpose of the novel is to illustrate the lives of many Mexicans living on the border and to also inform the reader about the struggles these Mexicans deal with.

Acrods reviewer mentioned not reading this at meal times and I fully agree. This book was a collection of essays written about the very poor in Tijuana. It’s just that the hopelessness of their situation is so depressing, and those of us who are better off seem more concerned with keeping ‘aliens’ out than recognizing our neighbors’ suffering.

Living room furniture and beds in acroes bedrooms? By the Lake of Sleeping Children. Whoever lived in that house suddenly felt obscenely rich. I had to use several of the chapters in this book for a social psychology essay. I also think this is necessary reading for anyone interested in sociology, social services, global development, poverty, women’s studies, chicano studies, Mexico, or human rights.


Aug 14, Jeaninne Escallier Kato rated it it was amazing. No, cancel Yes, report it Thanks! For obvious reasons I will not show text examples for these events but I will explain where they are Things appear to be returning to normal in Tijuana as of this writing; most of the Arellano Felix family is dead or in jail, someone quieter is moving drugs across from Tijuana, the war zone appears to be the Reynosa-Monterrey-Nuevo Laredo triangle–and the streets seem safer.

Luis Alberto Urrea looks unblinkingly at Tijuana in the 90s. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Specifically within the novel Urrea talks about people living in the garbage dumps near the border, a poor Mexican family who is trying to survive, young homeless boys who live together while doing whatever they can to survive, how birthdays and special events work with homeless Mexicans living on the border, how Americans interact when they visit, and the actions of various Mexican police officers.

Return to Book Page. His account of the struggle of these people to survive amid abject poverty, unsanitary living conditions, and the legal and political chaos that reign in the Mexican borderlands explains without a doubt the reason so many are forced to make the dangerous and illegal journey “across the wire” into the United States.

This subjectivity can often be seen within the novel. He is the son of an American mother and Mexican father, and he has seen the wire from both sides. Apr 02, Patrick O’Neil rated it really liked it. While Urrea’s work was written some years ago, his words are still true today.

Every child who came left with a toy. Dancing with the Tiger. Tijuana Baja California, Mexico — Social conditions.