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This Book Recounts The Remarkable Life Of Rigoberta Mench , A Young Guatemalan Peasant Woman Her Story Reflects The Experiences Common To Many Indian Communities In Latin America Today Rigoberta Suffered Gross Injustice And Hardship In Her Early Life Her Brother, Father And Mother Were Murdered By The Guatemalan Military She Learned Spanish And Turned To Catechist Work As An Expression Of Political Revolt As Well As Religious Commitment


10 thoughts on “Rigoberta, la nieta de los mayas

  1. says:

    Reading through some of the reviews written by others, I ve found that David Stoll s indictment of Menchu for not adhering to the pure facts is still alive and well in the academy There seems to be a tendency to ignore some very important factors that lead to the creation of this book, particularly the genre, testimony, and the nature of memory itself.Testimony, or testimonio, is a literary genre that in many cases although certainly not all involves a testimoniante one who testifies and a letrado a academic In the case of this testimony, Elizabeth Burgos Debray recorded a series of interviews with Rigoberta while R.M was in France seeking international solidarity and material help for her people who were being brutalized by Guatemala s government Debray takes the liberty of ordering and editing Menchu s testimony in order to make it flow easily, but there is certainly to this work than Debray acknowledges Another important characteristic of what is called exemplary testimony is that the speaker for indeed Menchu s spoken words are what are recorded, transcribed, and manipulated here seeks a certain representativity for his her group in order to call for solidarity and for aid Stoll seems to require of a testimony that it be a historical document with correct dates, names, etc His anthropological view and I highlight the word his, for many anthropologists staunchly disagree with his point of view seems to deny testimony some of its basic characteristics political, and personal, urgency desire for solidarity building urge to express one s own, very shocking, lived reality.This last characteristic can be easily linked with the nature of memory At the time in which Menchu was in Paris giving these interviews to Debray, she had just recently fled from Guatemala where she was under constant death threats and where she had witnessed countless death threats and institutional killings actually carried out It is easy to understand, then, why details and dates and names might be less than crystal clear in her account But again, why must there be an expectation unreasonable, in my estimation of empirical facts in a document whose very process implies a temporal urgency her fellow Quiches were still being brutally repressed and murdered and a desire for self fashioning, for narrating one s own experience What could be subjective that the lived experience of an individual I think the value of this testimony lies squarely on its speaker, an indigenous Guatemalan women, whose voice would never have been heard nor her people s story ever told had it not been for her relationship with Elizabeth Burgos Debray Guatemala s government held strict controls over their press, therefore the only way to build international solidarity and to gain aid for her country, Menchu had to go into self imposed exile and tell her story.This is a literary work, not a juridical document, and it should be treated as such To see a thorough deconstruction of Stoll s indictment of Rigoberta Menchu, see Arturo Arias s Arturo Arias Taking their Word Taking their Word 2007.


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    If you go into this book without knowing what it is, there s sortof a plot twist halfway through that s one of the better ones I ve read It s a true story I just didn t predict this woman s reaction to her life.For the first half of the book, it s an oral history of a young peasant in Guatemala She seems nice Her life is desperate she s poor and exploited by a racist government She tells heartbreaking stories Her baby brother was strapped to his mother s back as she worked on a finca plantation A cropdusting airplane flew over them all, as they do, scattering pesticide The baby began to have trouble breathing He shortly died They were unable to bring him back to their mountain homeland, and when his body started to smell, they were forced to pay their entire family s entire season s wages for the right to bury him on the finca that murdered him.That s sad, right Makes you want to fight someone And here comes the twist and I don t think it s really intended as a twist, it s or less described on the cover, but if you want the weird surprise I got then you should stop reading now I ll give you a hint Rigoberta Mench ain t nothin to fuck with.What happens is that this sad teenager telling the story, around halfway through the book she s like, So we decided to fight All of a sudden she s describing how they built pit traps for soldiers She practices throwing lime so that it ll go into their eyes and blind them They organize She Rigoberta Mench specifically travels to other mountain communities, to teach them how to train their dogs to attack soldiers They join a revolution.And it turns out that Rigoberta Mench is a hero of the Guatemalan Civil War, loosely between 1960 and 1996 The crucial events in this book, which turns out to be about her awakening as a revolutionary, take place in 1979 It reminds me a little of Nelson Mandela s Long Walk To Freedom, in that the author wants peace but is willing to use war to get there Both books give pretty specific instructions on how to revolution And both authors are winners of the Nobel Peace Prize Which, honestly, the Nobel dudes are basically just trolling dictators, aren t they They re constantly giving awards to people who are not super devoted to peace Lookin at you too, Obama I want to give what I guess is a trigger warning you may choose to skip chapter 24, entitled The torture and death of her little brother, burnt alive in front of members of his family and the community Different little brother The title is an accurate description of what happens She describes everything that was done to him, and it s very bad The idea was to intimidate the people It doesn t work Chapter 27 is about her mother, and it s also upsetting This is the toughest stuff I ve read since Survival in the Killing Fields from Cambodia I, Rigoberta Mench was assigned reading for my incoming freshman college class, along with the mighty Nella Larsen Liberal indoctrination successful And good choices, these are both legit great books I ve revisited them over the past few years and I remain impressed by the judgment of whoever made that decision Rigoberta Mench ain t nothin to fuck with and neither is this book.


  3. says:

    This book is a memoir of Rigoberta Menchu s childhood and later years in Guatemala as an Indian woman According to her story, she grew up uneducated in a small community with very strong rules and traditions Her people, the Indians, were in conflict with the Ladinos specifically the wealthy for many years As a result, her father, mother, and several siblings died After reading this book, I found out that she had fabricated many important details in the story On the very FIRST page, she tells us that she never went to school On the contrary, Rigoberta seems to have attended a private school run by nuns, and got the equivalence of a middle school education While a middle school education isn t stellar, it s better than nothing Rigoberta learned to speak spanish at school, and not later on in her life as she claims She lies about witnessing her older brother die which she did not , having a younger brother starve to death on the coffee plantations he s still alive and living in Guatemala , and the conflict between her father and the wealthy Ladinos over his land in reality he was having a conflict with his in laws I understand that someone writing a memoir could forget some minor details, but this seems very intentional In my opinion, she is biased against the Ladinos and the Guatemalan government, and isn t writing a bestseller just the best way to get back at them However, the fact that Rigoberta lied about her experiences is not the only reason that I gave this book one star The book is written in a very dull way It s amazing how Rigoberta makes even the most heartbreaking parts boring Her parents die, her brothers die, she joins a rebel group, her life is threatened All of these would make for a fascinating memoir that can t be put down But Rigoberta interestinly shuns author s craft The entire book is as if she is talking to you No dialogue, suspense, etc It s very unique, but still boring On a final note, Rigoberta won the Nobel Prize for this book I m not sure exactly how writing a sad book warrants a Nobel Prize Perhaps it was awarded for bringing attention to the conflict in Guatemala If so, then yes, that worked for me I had never heard of any genocide in Guatemala prior to reading this book But I, Rigoberta Menchu is so lie ridden that I am unsure what is the truth The book introduces what happened in Guatemala to me But to find the real truth, I ll just have to research it.


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    Had been looking for a book related to Guatemala as am travelling there and this seemed like an obvious one but got totally put off after reading various reviews After talking to people here in Guatemala, who say despite any inaccuracies lies critics say and despite her subsequent political career which is also somewhat controversial here her book really brought world attention to the Mayan cause and is an incredibly important book to read, I bought it Though clearly not great literature it s incredibly sad but interesting, a fascinating insight into life of Mayan people and the Repression which continued Civil War She brings up a great deal of issues which are still relevant today discrimination, poverty, land rights, language, literacy, human rights abuses just look at what s happening now with the mining companies who are throwing people off land where their families have lived for centuries, burning their homes because they are illegally occupying land which belongs to the mining companies watch this video about Canadian mining companies in Guatemala I found it interesting what she said about the importance of learning Spanish to communicate with the other Mayan communities there are 22 languages in Guatemala and to be able to understand what was being done to them again an important issue today as these govrnments and companies get away with murder by not translating, getting people to sign documents they cannot read and understand


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    This book with an incredibly uncreative title is a falsified memoir by Rigoberta Menchu The book describes a poor family who was forced to work and work until they got fired and then the Guatemalan army came in and destroyed their lives First, Rigo s brother got killed and tortured in a completely unsituational way, and then her father got killed After that, her mother was caught and raped Then, she had to run away to America This book at first made me feel pity for the narrator but eventually, I realized that this was too gruesome to be true If horror movies are fiction, how can this crap of a book be, where Rigoberta remembered every detail of the tortures her family members suffered without actually witnessing them This book was also contradicted by a journalist and Rigoberta admitted some parts were lies and agreed to change it The moment she even admitted this made me sick as not only did she dishonor her family members so harshly, but the 19.95 I spent on this book could ve bought me some pretty damn delicious sandwiches.There was absolutely NOTHING to learn from this book after you know it was a bunch of lies This book was just a completely exaggerated bias belonging to a fat woman who wrote bullsh t to rip off my money This book had its exploitation at imagery for a moment, but the fact that she the author won the Nobel Peace Prize for writing this garbage sickens me It disgraces everyone who has rightfully earned it so far.


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    I know all about the controversy did she write the book Didn t she The point is that whether or not all of these things happened in particular to this one woman, Rigoberta Menchu, but whether or not they happened to not only her but women that she knew I believe that this is a collection of events that happened all around her and having lived in Guatemala for a short period and seen the reconstruction efforts of the Mayan people after the war that was waged on them during the 80 s with Jose Effrain Rios Monte, I believe them all to be true.


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    Read this book a long time ago, when I was in Berkeley in the 1980s, it was kinda de rigeur Just picked it up again from the bathroom reading pile in the house in Vancouver where I m renting a room for the year my new roomie is really active in native radical politics I hadn t given much thought to the book since I heard the news that Menchu fictionalized certain parts of it, wanted to see if I still found it powerful I did Not so much for the politics, which even when I read it the first time seemed propagandistic in places, but for the evocativeness of indio life in the mountains It made me think a lot about Bourdieu s habitus, the way Menchu described the various customs and rituals, particularly around marriage It s an interesting truth making practice she was involved in, creating a collective voice and porsopographical portrait.


  9. says:

    This book recounts the life of a remarkable young peasant woman who endeavoured through exteme hardships, to make a political commitment to bring change to the lives of the Guatemalan people Her father, an activist, her hard working mother and a young brother were all tortured murdered by the military The descriptions of injustices suffered leave the reader forever scarred.Rigoberta learned Spanish so she would be able to tell her story one apparently common to most of the 23 Indian communities of Guatemala.


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    This book is about an Indian women living in Guatemala This book was ridiculously sad and later I learned that some of the events that took place didn t happen and that she over exaggerated which made me feel so betrayed because she s a liar and I don t like that This book is an autobiography about her life and the hardships she had to overcome.