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Who knows--from the jacket blurb--how much Angeles Mastretta imagined of this life, or how much she knew, perhaps from old family stories? The photograph of the author on the book jacket is stunning, and enigmatic. And again, in that curious gender split that seems sometimes to occur in contemporary literature, some powerful men may feel better going off to plot things with their cronies than picking up this volume. Even sensitive men might want to stay away from this one.

But for women with brains, or anyone at all interested in Latin America, this book is a find, a golden nugget, a kaleidoscope, a day at the beach. The translator has included a time line here; a short history of the Mexican Revolution, and a glossary of words, phrases, dishes, holidays--all words in Spanish that cannot readily be rendered into English.

Against this carefully prepared background of the Revolution, we read the amazingly terrific story of Catalina Guzman, a year-old schoolgirl in the town of Puebla, who is courted and then married by Andres Ascencio, a local caudillo or strongman, a kind of free-lance general of his region, who rules with rough terror: ".

Catalina learns about her husband little by little. She has two children of her own. She sees a few people murdered with her own eyes, and more than a few times she confronts her husband with these injustices. But two other equal truths prevail. Catalina kind of likes the guy. Andres can make her laugh. She can talk to him; he can talk to her.

They understand each other, sort of. The second truth which may irritate the feminists is that Catalina is coming from a whole other place in this story.

She has her father and her sisters and her girlfriends filling her life; the scandals and the stories of everyone dear to her. She must befriend the servants, and somehow get the word out to the people of Puebla that even if her husband is a sociopathic murderer, she, Catalina, is a very nice woman.

Catalina must look out for her own life; her own children--keep track of the mistresses and the crimes, but keep track of her girlfriends too, and make sure that she steals at least a few hours for herself--during the afternoon, in that lull between a political lunch and another fancy political dinner, when the hum of a well-run house and cared-for children and busy servants calm the heads of these houses into a brandy-nap.

At that time, the cunning, subversive, beautiful wives can steal away--to gossip or laugh or even fall in love. Hot Property. About Us. Brand Publishing. Times News Platforms. Times Store. Facebook Twitter Show more sharing options Share Close extra sharing options. July 23,

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Who knows--from the jacket blurb--how much Angeles Mastretta imagined of this life, or how much she knew, perhaps from old family stories? The photograph of the author on the book jacket is stunning, and enigmatic. And again, in that curious gender split that seems sometimes to occur in contemporary literature, some powerful men may feel better going off to plot things with their cronies than picking up this volume. Even sensitive men might want to stay away from this one. But for women with brains, or anyone at all interested in Latin America, this book is a find, a golden nugget, a kaleidoscope, a day at the beach. The translator has included a time line here; a short history of the Mexican Revolution, and a glossary of words, phrases, dishes, holidays--all words in Spanish that cannot readily be rendered into English.

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Ángeles Mastretta

She is well known for creating inspirational female characters and fictional pieces that reflect the social and political realities of Mexico in her life. Mastretta began writing as a journalist for a Mexican magazine, Siete and an afternoon newspaper, Ovaciones. She claims that her father — a journalist in his youth — inspired her to be a writer. Her father died when the writer was still very young, but this did not prevent her from following in his footsteps. In , she received a scholarship from the Mexican Writers' Center. She attended the center and was able to work on her writing abilities along with other authors such as Juan Rulfo , Salvador Elizondo , and Francisco Monterde. Mastretta really wanted to focus on a novel that she had been thinking about for years.

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