By Sam Quinones
Sam Quinones’s first e-book, precise stories From one other Mexico, used to be acclaimed for how it peered into the corners of that state for its greater truths and complexities. Antonio’s Gun and Delfino’s Dream, Quinones’s moment number of nonfiction stories, does an identical for probably the most vital problems with our instances: the migration of Mexicans to the United States.Quinones has lined the realm of Mexican immigrants for the final 13 years--from Chicago to Oaxaca, Michoacan to southeast l. a., Tijuana to Texas. alongside the best way, he has exposed tales that aid light up all that Mexicans search once they come north, how they modify their new kingdom, and are replaced via it.Here are the tales of the Henry Ford of velvet portray in Ciudad Juarez, the emergence of opera in Tijuana, the unusual goings-on within the L.A. suburb of South Gate, and of the drug-addled colonies of outdated international German Mennonites in Chihuahua. via all of it winds the story of Delfino Juarez, a tender building employee, and modern day Huckleberry Finn, who needed to depart his village to alter it."Sam Quinones is a border legend. For these within the understand, his reportage has been reason for party. Now, with Antonio's Gun and Delfino's Dream he is taking us in the back of the strains and undercover. He places a human face on 'illegal immigration,' and he supplies us lovely tales of survival and dread. even if, he accomplishes anything extra useful than an insignificant parade of sensational set pieces--Quinones starts off to place the complicated concerns within the mild of figuring out and hard-won wisdom."--Luis A. Urrea, writer of The Devil's road and The Hummingbird's Daughter
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That Sunday, someone was playing music over a large sound system in the middle of the park. Delﬁno found the men from Xocotla there among the throngs of peasants and construction workers. Nearby, several jotos— transvestites—were dolled up and dancing by themselves, shooting wistful and haughty looks at the rough-hewn men watching them. The men from Xocotla marveled and joked among themselves, but didn’t move. Delﬁno hadn’t danced before but wanted to learn. Dancing was the key, he sensed, to girls and good times in the capital.
His country would consider it a minor loss, the departure of this uneducated urchin, but this delusion crippled Mexico. His kind of gumption Delfino I / 35 Delﬁno in Xocotla. was what Mexico continually lost in its people’s northern exodus—and no amount of money they sent home made up for it. On June , , Delﬁno Juárez was among those who headed north for the United States. He’d come to Mexico City at twelve and survived. He’d learned two things: The unknown didn’t scare him; and Mexico City, the heart of his country, had failed him.
Occasionally he went to work in Mexico City. Once, in the capital, he even hired on as a construction helper to his son, who had to tell him what to do—to the embarrassment of both. Then gradually, he stopped working altogether, and Delﬁno supported him along with the rest of the family. “Look at you,” Delﬁno would berate his drunken father when he’d return home. “You want to die so you won’t have to work. ” Delfino I / 29 His father would shrink like a scolded puppy, then use his meek acceptance of his son’s harsh words as dispensation to drink again.
Antonio's Gun and Delfino's Dream: True Tales of Mexican Migration by Sam Quinones