Books Worth a Look

  • Little Bee by Chris Cleave - This book is a must read. Better than anything else I've read, it takes you vividly into the life of a person in the 3rd world who has no choice but to escape. It is brilliantly written & works well as an audio book. Often I've sent info about the wonderful refugees I've met in Europe. We know only so much of their plight as it is painful for them to recall much less live through again by recounting it. But over time it is clear what they've lived through. This book is excellent as you discover the horrors of their world. Somewhat how to me, it is like being in Europe near a Concentration Camp. One has an obligation to visit it. 'Never to Forget.' In this case, to have our eyes opened.
  • Garbage King by Eliz Laird - The book is set on the streets on Addis Ababa, in Ethiopia and here lives Mamo and his sister Tiggist. When Mamo's "uncle" offers a job, he soon sets out on a bus to work. Little does he know that he is actually being sold into slavery...

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Cultur Lingua Jalisco

Hola! Que tal?

Off to an excellent start. Unlike my previous experiences, the teachers in this school plan mini trips in Tlaquepaque, to Guadalajara and Tonalo to tour a museum, historic site or other points of interest.

In my first class today, after tranlating an introduction to a legend, earning a 10+ :-)
we went into the streets of Tlaquepaque. There is a large mural by Diego Rivera on a wall of a building in Calle Juarez which is a fascinating illustration of the Mexico's Revolution with Spain. My teacher, Raul, took me to it and explained it at length. Then we went to several upscale shops - all the while speaking in Spanish.

Carmer my 2nd teacher of the day, took me by car to Guadalajara. We spent 75 minutes in a museum. She explained at length the various panels by Jose Clemente Orozco which illustrates the history of the treatment of indigenous people by the Conquistadores and then later initial Presidents (corrupt) of Mexico. A totally fascinating experience & to my delight I could understand about 85% of what she said without having to ask her to repeat or explain.

For my friends who come to Latin Ameirca to study Spanish, I recommend esta escuela.

Now I'm off to volunteer at the orphanage. Tomorrow morning I take a local bus into Guadalajara to meet my Raul for more sites & conversation!

Hasta luego!

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Rich, my 19 year old friend, soon to be Franciscan and recent community member at Haley House in Boston. An article he wrote.