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Arrancame la vida (Tear This Heart Out)

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  • Posted February 15, 2015

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    Arráncame La Vida by Ángeles Mastretta Spanish Edition This is

    Arráncame La Vida by Ángeles Mastretta Spanish Edition

    This is Catalina Ascencio's story, narrated by her from the first person point of view.

    The book opens when Catalina is 15 years old and she's to be married to Andrés Ascencio, a powerful general and soon to be governor of the state of Puebla in Mexico.

    From an innocent teenager, Catalina blossoms to become a powerful woman in the Mexico of the 30's and 40's. Intertwined with the Mexican history of Porfirio Díaz, Emiliano Zapata, Pancho Villa, Victoriano Huerta, Alvaro Obregón, and Venustiano Carranza, Catalina narrates her ascent to power as viewed from the point of view of the wife of a powerful man in the male dominated world of post revolutionary Mexico.

    Talking about pregnancies: "Don't know who thought that women are happy when pregnant." "Surely it was the men."

    Catalina has to deal with not only her children, but the multiple children that her husband, Andrés, has with many other women. She has to deal with Andrés giving these women houses and revolving credits so they can shop. She has to learn to be the first wife of the powerful and rich governor of Puebla. She has to learn to cope with Mexican politics and her husband's pursuit of the Mexican presidency; especially when Rodolfo Cabañas, Andrés closest friend, become President of the Republic. Catalina learns quickly how to navigate the world of men - and Catalina learns how to live like them: she ends up having several affairs.

    However, in the end, she stands by her man and when she becomes a widow she gets the best advice - and the one that summarizes the story: "Being a widow is the ideal state for a woman. You place the dead husband in an altar, you honor his memory each time it's needed and you dedicate your life to do everything you could not do with him while he was alive. "

    I enjoyed the book but I had to refresh my memory of Mexico's history pertaining the Revolution. It is in the historical context that the book makes sense....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    Exquisitamente una delicia literaria. 

    Exquisitamente una delicia literaria. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2010

    Good Story - Offensive Language

    I was very thrilled to read this book based on the recognition that has been given, however, when I start reading the book I found it that the language was very offensive. I did not find the story original since the description of the story talks about similar events than what hapened in the Mexican revolution.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2007


    Angeles Mastretta es una extraordinaria Autora. Sus novelas son un deleite de literatura, dejando un muy buen sabor de boca cuando uno las termina y con ganas de leer mas. Es un apuesta segura de leer algo elocuente y magico cuando uno lee sus obras al igual que otras autoras Mexicanas y latinas como Maria Amparo Escandon, Sara Sefchovich, Eladia Gonzalez y Laura Restrepo, entre otras.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2008

    The best I have read in years

    Es una obra de literatura impactante y encantadora que no le permitirá dejar de leerla hasta el final. Y no sólo eso, sino que le narrará una historia cautivadora ocurrida en México durante y después de la Revolución Mexicana. Catalina, la protagonista de la novela, se casa muy joven con un político, mayor que ella, y muy prominente de la ciudad Mexicana de Puebla. A medida que la carrera de él, Andrés Atencio, va aumentando, Catalina se ve envuelta en más y más responsabilidades, lo cual hace maravillosamente. Estas responsabilidades incluyen criar a varios de los otros hijos de Atencio. Luego a medida que la novela va avanzando ella se entera de críticas fuertes a su marido, de las luchas por poder, de los acusaciones de asesinato por parte de su marido y Catalina , quizás como vía de escape, hasta busca amor en dos distintos amantes. Al final, como en todas las tragedias de la novela hay un impactante suceso que quizá libera a Catalina de todo el peso que ha tenido que aguantar. Esta novela ha sido traducida hasta el presente a 11 idiomas y al principio narra el amor inicial y hasta sumiso de Catalina por el General Andrés Atencio y la progresiva desvinculación de ella a un tiempo de su papel de subordinación conyugal y de su aceptación del contexto político que pondrá en duda sus ideales revolucionarios. Es una novela bellamente escrita que no debe dejar de leer.

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