Zapatista

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Zapatista is faithfully based on the facts of the 1994 Chiapas Indian uprising in southern Mexico. It is designed to be interesting to anyone simple wanting to read an adventure story, as well as anyone interested in the deeper drama of a people's revolution.

The protagonist, Peter, is a Texan who sabbaticals with friends in the Sierra Madre for the purpose of writing, drinking, and seeking adventure. Peter gets more adventure than anticipated when a whirlwind of circumstances ...

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Overview

Zapatista is faithfully based on the facts of the 1994 Chiapas Indian uprising in southern Mexico. It is designed to be interesting to anyone simple wanting to read an adventure story, as well as anyone interested in the deeper drama of a people's revolution.

The protagonist, Peter, is a Texan who sabbaticals with friends in the Sierra Madre for the purpose of writing, drinking, and seeking adventure. Peter gets more adventure than anticipated when a whirlwind of circumstances hurls him away from his friends into a life and death struggle for the revolutionary cause. These adventures and the love of an Indian woman, Lxil, forever change Peter's life.

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Editorial Reviews

Oye Magazine
Zapatista is historical fiction loosely based on incidents surrounding the 1994 Zapatista uprising in Chiapas. It tells the story of Peter, who travels to a small village in Chiapas in order to escape the hustle and bustle of the corporate world. His utopian dreams of writing novels in the jungle take a turn for the worse and he is soon forced to trade in his typewriter for a gun in order to support the Zapatistas. Blake Bailey provides a skillful and convincing depiction of the people involved in the Zapatista movement, the events of 1994, and even the Chiapas jungles. He puts you right smack in the middle of the action and you soon develop admiration and empathy for the strength and character of the Zapatistas. The only problem is the ending. The very imperialism that Bailey implicitly denounces rears its ugly head as the White protagonist, Peter, conquers the elusive heart (and body) of a local Indian girl.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781588203335
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse
  • Publication date: 10/1/2000
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2007

    About the Author

    Blake Bailey has tried to conclusion 150-200 jury trials. He has received verdicts on subjects ranging from medical malpractice, consumer protection, environmental protection, product liability, industrial disease, to automobile accidents. Blake was just selected for and interviewed on 'America's Premier Laywers' and The Law Business Insider which is featured in Fortune Magazine and broadcast worldwide on American Airlines and Northwest Airlines. ¿He is also a distinguished novelist, the author of 'Zapatista,' a stirring tale about a writer who gets caught up in the struggle for the poverty-stricken Native Americans of Mexico. Amidst upheaval and bloodshed, he falls in love with a beautiful Native woman and his life changes forever. Historically accurate and powerfully depicted, this novel is a magisterial tale of power and eloquence.¿ Like all of his work, Blake Bailey proves that he is both lawyer of great scholarship and a scholar of the law.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2002

    Brillant story of a Peoples' Revolution

    I personally know this well-told story to be a well researched recount of the Indian revolution in Chiapas Mexico in 1994...I recommend it to anyone who wants to be feel the pathos of a real revolution

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2002

    pleasant surprise

    I was given this book as a chronology of the Zapatista movement and found myself,instead, caught up in a fantastic love story, comedy, adventure. I have studied the Zapatista and have visited the region. While the story is fiction, the background is historically accurate. I can also vouch for some of the geographic details. This author did his homework.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2001

    Very good book

    I read the book and found it very entrapping, (i finished in in one week), libing in Texas there is a lot that goes on in mexico that i was not aware of, this book helped a lot, however the review listed below kind of missed the picture... (i don't want to spoil it for you) so i wont go into detail but the relationship between peter and the indian woman was anything but forcing U.S. culture on the indian woman.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2002

    Very good book

    I thought that Oye magazine's review was accurate, except the last part of it, where it speaks of the American's imperialism. On the contrary, he appeared to give up all ties to the U.S. & join the revolution with this beautiful native.

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