So Far from God by Ana CastilloI loved this book. Its kind of magical realism for the North American feminist. Growing up in a catholic feminist family with my mom and 3 sisters and a dad who was there -- but not so much -- the story felt like a dramatic and whimsical telling of themes Ive lived. Like Ana Castillo, Ive lived in Chicago and New Mexico, so the terrain and language felt pretty familiar, too.
Its a fun fast read and its one of those books where you pick up odd little random facts such as:
* what really goes on in conglomerate factories,
* peacocks possess an annoying bawl in lieu of birdsong,
* how modern priests are often afraid of little girls
* what to expect in a community religious procession or pilgrimage
* why men pretending to spiritual enlightenment should be avoided like one of the seven plagues
It has some heavy-handed conceits and symbolism -- especially in the way the daughters named Esperanza, Fe, Caridad and La Loca of all things are actualized and personified. But its a silly, fun, trip through the lives of women distilled through the perspective of mothers.daughters/sisters.
Incidentally, the title comes from a quote by Porfirio Diaz, ¡Pobre México! ¡Tan lejos de Dios y tan cerca de los Estados Unidos! (Poor Mexico, so far from God and so close to the United States!)
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So Far From God
Ana Castillo Castillo, A. So Far From God. New York: Norton and Company. Feminist Chicana Literature. Why Chicana Literature? So far from God, so close to the United States. The authority of the white male world is made obvious throughout the work.
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Caridad is the third and most beautiful of Sofi's daughters. She is vibrant, sensual, and sexually active. She loved one man and when he broke her heart by cheating on her after their wedding, Caridad turned her back on love. For several years, she gets involved with dangerous men, heavy drinking, and lots of sex. She has three abortions, all performed by her sister, La Loca, and is severely beaten by a supernatural beast. Following a year in a coma, the same year Fe is screaming, Caridad discovers a new side to herself in her "holy recovery.
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