Antonio's Gun and Delfino's Dream

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Antonio's Gun and Delfino's Dream

True Tales of Mexican Migration

By Sam Quinones

University of New Mexico Press, Hardcover, 9780826342546, 318pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2007

Description

Sam Quinones's first book, "True Tales From Another Mexico," was acclaimed for the way it peered into the corners of that country for its larger truths and complexities. "Antonio's Gun and Delfino's Dream," Quinones's second collection of nonfiction tales, does the same for one of the most important issues of our times: the migration of Mexicans to the United States.

Quinones has covered the world of Mexican immigrants for the last thirteen years--from Chicago to Oaxaca, Michoacan to southeast Los Angeles, Tijuana to Texas. Along the way, he has uncovered stories that help illuminate all that Mexicans seek when they come north, how they change their new country, and are changed by it.

Here are the stories of the Henry Ford of velvet painting in Ciudad Juarez, the emergence of opera in Tijuana, the bizarre goings-on in the L.A. suburb of South Gate, and of the drug-addled colonies of Old World German Mennonites in Chihuahua. Through it all winds the tale of Delfino Juarez, a young construction worker, and modern-day Huckleberry Finn, who had to leave his village to change it.



About the Author
Sam Quinones is a journalist, author, and storyteller whose two acclaimed books of narrative nonfiction about Mexico and Mexican immigration True Tales from Another Mexico and Antonio s Gun and Delfino s Dream have made him, according to the San Francisco Chronicle Book Review, the most original writer on Mexico and the border. He writes True Tales: A Reporter s Blog and edits Tell Your True Tale, a storytelling page. He lives in Southern California. Contact him at www.samquinones.com.