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    Indians of the Americas-the Long Hope. by Collier, John

    Mentor, 1964-01-01. Paperback. Very Good. 0 Paperback - MP494



    The Interpreters : The Third Dugmore Memorial Lecture ... delivered in Grahamstown on September 1st, 1972 by Wilson, Monica

    The 1820 National Monument Foundation, 1972. Softcover. Very Good/No Jacket. 26 pages (complete). A comfortable copy of this text of Professor Wilson's address about the social context of 'The Interpreter'. The covers are mildly worn about the edges, a little marked from handling. The contents are smart, tidy, neat, clean, clear, benevolent. fk



    Five Families: Mexican Case Studies in the Culture of Poverty. by Oscar Lewis

    New York, NY John Wiley & Sons: Science Editions, 1962. Paperback Very Good in Wraps: shows indications of light use: slightest spine lean; light wear to extremities; mild rubbing and faint soiling to wrapper covers; price has been blocked out; binding secure; text clean. No longer 'As New', but remains clean, sturdy, and quite presentable. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. 351pp. Sewn Binding. Foreward by Oliver La Farge. Trade Paperback. Time certainly has not diminished the power of this book. Lewis had been the winner of the 1967 National Book Award for his book, "La Vida", and again he takes the reader on a journey into the lives of others from another culture. This is an anthropological work that reads as if it were a riveting novel, so fascinating is its subject matter. The author takes the reader into the lives of five different Mexican families for one entire day, so that the reader can see how it is that they live their lives. The families are both rural and urban and represent a cross-section of Mexico at the time that this book was written. All but one of the families portrayed are poor, yet they all share some similar characteristics. Written during the nineteen fifties, this book is, for the most part, a look at a culture of poverty. It is also a look at a culture that is in transition, shifting from rural to urban with its often resulting poverty and pathology. Yet, it is also a culture into which, North American material comforts and influence were making inroads. That then nascent influence is often reflected in even the poorest of the families laid bare here. The author basically gives the reader a typical day in the lives of each of these families. It is an intimate, objective look that creates a fascinating family portrait. It is a totally engrossing work of not only anthropological import but of historical value, as well. The author has managed to freeze in time a segment of Mexican life during the nineteen fifties. Who would have thought that reading about people shopping, preparing meals, and talking about their relationships would prove to be so fascinating? Those who are interested in other cultures, as well as the way people live their lives, will really enjoy this book. The author provides a fascinating, freeze-frame glimpse into the lives of others. I simply love this book. Bravo!

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