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I was blessed enough to be born on the “right side” of the border, a clueless Mexican American. Urrea, a San Diego native, recounts his experiences in Tijuana and other areas on the U.

His account of urrda struggle of these people to survive amid abject poverty, ugrea living conditions, and the legal and political chaos that reign in the Mexican borderlands explains without a doubt the reason so many are forced to make the dangerous and illegal journey “across the wire” into the United States.

Luis Alberto Urrea looks unblinkingly at Tijuana in the 90s. Started reading this morning and finished this afternoon. It was inevitable that I’d get around to this, having accidentally read the follow-up a while back.

I believe that this might encourage Americans to help and jrrea a difference like Urrea did in the novel.

Across the wire : life and hard times on the Mexican border

Urrea tells stories from his time spent working as a translator for missionaries in and around the Tijuana garbage dumps. Nov 28, Pickle Farmer rated qcross it was amazing Shelves: When My Brother Was an Aztec. Please provide an email address. This book was written in the early 90’s, I believe. Return to Book Page. Aug 10, Eavan Hooke rated it it was amazing.


Before you read any other of his amazing books, this book would be a good place to start. This was a book I found on my shelves, a purchase from long ago. The Milagro Beanfield War. He attended the University of California, San Diego, and earned an undergraduate degree in writing. Library Locations and Hours. Urrea does these things by telling narratives from his point of view, which is most commonly as a missionary attempting to give aid to people. The chapter on his father’s death is heart-wrenching.

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He has dealt with day-to-day disgust. Mexican border towns are strange, confusing, and sometimes wonderful, and Luis Urrea takes us there. Let’s take it further – you’ve said good-bye to the graveyard, the dog, the goat, the mountains where you hunted, your grade school, your state, your favorite spot on the river where you fished and took time to think. By the Lake of Sleeping Children.

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Across the Wire

Another reason it is worth reading is because the suspense and storytelling ability of the author keeps the reader interested and always wanting to read more. December 1, Imprint: Another review It’s not easy to find words to review a book like this.

Though written 25 years ago, this little book stands as a huge testament to the realities of border life in Tijuana, Mexico. Jan 23, Tana rated it really liked it. Overall rating No ratings yet 0. He visits the dumps where people live, their possessions a bed and a car-battery-powered television. There is no soul searching on the part of the author, no self-congratulations for helping these people out.

Quotes from Across the Wire: Urrea puts you right there in the desert, amid the scorpions and the heat. We appreciate your feedback.


Luis Urrea was just starting out as journalist when he wrote this book. The book is based on true life short stories of poor people that had experience a tremendously horror in their daily lives. It’s right across the US border and it’s a different world.

A True Storybut you can see that the path toward that book started with the recounting of these stories.

I studied writing with Luis for five days at a writer’s workshop in Tomales Bay, California, last fall because I wanted to glean some of his magic. A couple other aspects to the novel that may make the reader uncomfortable are the violent and graphic events and situations that the author illustrates.

A Wirre to Stand. An earlier work of Urrea’s, it’s not as gripping a narrative as The Devil’s Highway: Jun 05, Kirk Astroth rated it it was amazing. I couldn’t read it all at once, either, as sad This book was a collection of essays written about the very poor in Tijuana. With his elegant non-judgmental style of writing Urrea portrays the residents of garbage dumps, forgotten barrios, shantytowns, and abandoned hillside houses filled with glue sniffers.

Be the first to discover new talent! The more of Urrea’s books I read, the more I can see him wirr within and between his books, looking for a safe place to land his private moments of pain and joy. At his best, Mr. Mexican-American Border Region — Economic conditions.

He has made several visits since.