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By Charles D. Thompson Jr.

ISBN-10: 0292756631

ISBN-13: 9780292756632

ISBN-10: 1477314008

ISBN-13: 9781477314005

"We have been attempting to switch the imaginative and prescient and the dialog approximately border fears."

Border Odyssey takes us on a force towards knowing the U.S./Mexico divide: all 1,969 miles—from Boca Chica to Tijuana—pressing on with the worthy fiction of a map.

"We had to visit where the place numerous blameless humans have been kicked, stubborn, spit on, arrested, detained, trafficked, and killed. it's going to turn into transparent that the border, la frontera, used to be extra multifaceted and profound than whatever shall we have invented approximately it from afar."

Along the adventure, 5 centuries of cultural background (indigenous, French, Spanish, Mexican, African American, colonist, and U.S.), wars, and laws spread. and during commentary, dialog, and meditation, Border Odyssey scopes the tales of the folks and cities on either sides.

"Stories are the other of partitions: they call for liberate, retelling, exhibiting, connecting, every one photograph chipping away at obstacles. partitions are complete stops. yet tales are like commas, consistently making attainable the subsequent clause."

Among the terrain traversed: partitions and extra partitions, unforeseen roadblocks and patrol officials; a golfing path (you might force a ball around the border); a Civil conflict battlefield (you may possibly camp there); the southernmost plantation within the usa; a hand-drawn ferry, a road-runner tracked wasteland, and a wide ranging nationwide park; barbed twine, bridges, and a trucking-trade thoroughfare; ghosts with weapons; obscured, unmarked, and unpaved roads; a Catholic priest and his canines, paintings, icons, and political cartoons; a sheriff and a chain-smoking mayor; a Tex-Mex eatery empty of consumers and a B&B shuttering its doorways; murder-laden newspaper headlines at breakfast; the kindness of the border-crossing underground; and too many old, impoverished, ex-U.S. farmworkers, braceros, coated as much as have Thompson take their photograph.

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