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I, Rigoberta Menchu: An Indian Woman in Guatemala / Edition 1

I, Rigoberta Menchu: An Indian Woman in Guatemala / Edition 1

by Rigoberta Menchu
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    ISBN-13: 2900860917884
    Publisher: Verso Books
    Publication date: 07/28/1985
    Edition description: Older Edition
    Pages: 252
    Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

    About the Author

    Rigoberta Menchú received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992 for her efforts to end the oppression of indigenous peoples in Guatemala.

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    I, Rigoberta Menchu: An Indian Woman in Guatemala 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    Rigoberta Menchu Gives a first hand account of her life as a Mayan woman in a world of the violence of globialization and flawed political idealogy. I read this book before traveling to Guatemala to visit with many native groups who have similar stories. Rigoberta's story forces us to look at how we, as members of the Western world, participte in the suffering of others. Marxism is not the motivation of this book as has been alleged. Disregard for the value of humanity and its implications are.
    bfertig on LibraryThing 7 months ago
    ¿I¿m still keeping secret what I think no-one should know. Not even anthropologists or intellectuals, no matter how many books they have, can found out all our secrets.¿ Indian society in Guatemala is filled with secrets. How many and what they are *about*, much less *are* is merely alluded to by Rigaberta as she recounts her life story and struggles. The narrative reads quite literally as if Rigaberta were telling her story directly to the reader. In so doing, she really tells us three stories: 1) Indian community life cycles, 2) Rigaberta¿s life and work and 3) the history of the Guatemalan peasant revolution in the 60s-80s.At the time of the telling, Rigaberta had only been speaking Spanish for three years, and deliberately learned it to better unite separate Indian communities with distinct languages and dialects against her and their common enemies: the Guatemalan government and rich finca landlords, who readily practiced discrimination, hostility, rape, land takeovers, massacres, and torture. She was never trained to read or write.I expect that this (effective) primary source will be excellent fodder for many secondary sources that may make it more digestible. I recognize the need for Rigaberta¿s voice to come through, but perhaps it could help broaden her audience by having a professional writer or biographer assist with smoothing the organization and clarity and such.The raw power and emotion evident by what Rigoberta has to say makes this an important resource in bringing these issues to the international community. Though many secrets are still kept, this book is rich for curiosity seekers, social scientists, folks interested in labor and peasant movements, Latin American Indians, etc.
    t1bnotown on LibraryThing 7 months ago
    I was surprised and not surprised by the conditions that Rigoberta faced. The conditions on the Finca were awful- it's shocking that people would spray crops while workers are picking them. As awful as it was reading about, in some ways it wasn't surprising. I got to meet Rigoberta Menchu in high school, so it was exciting to finally read about her life and the hard work she did.
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    Guest More than 1 year ago
    After readind A kirk's review of 1999, I can only conclude that he had obviously not read enough, had clearly missed the point, and is in fact, as we say in scotland, a numptey.
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    i think the book 'I Rigobert Menchu' is the harsh reality of today's society. it's absolute rubbish that some people think that the story is all lies. why would someone make something like that up? i think it is a fantastic book and recommend anyone to read it because it will open up your eyes to the reality of poverty and torture so many people around the world are facing.
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    This book is an easy to read, extremely informative story about indigenous life in Guatemala. I used this book in my term paper, along with Victor Perera's 'Unfinished Conquest', and received an A! It is also used as a text book in college because it is so highly acclaimed. I have spent time in a 3rd world country and this book tells the truth about the harsh living conditions. (P.S. Rigoberta Menchu won the Nobel Peace Prize; gotta read to find out why!)
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    I have read this book in anticipation of a course I shall take next semester. The book was very well written and went through the supposed life of Rigoberta, the 1992 Nobel Peace Prize winner. The book has since been proven to be a fraud and the author and transcripter have been identified as Marxist, and suposedly the book was crafted to fit the marxist idea of the suppressed working class. I can honestly see that at various points in the book. Before I researched her life, I was rather surprised how much her autobiography really did remind me of Marx's writing, so it was not much of a shock to me. I don't think this book can be discarded though because of its fiction-ish qualities. Its brilliant. If you think about it..someone fabricated this.. made many people believe it.. and got a Nobel Peace Prize in the process! Ha! On a more serious note.. although it was fiction, a lot of the stories must have originated from somewhere, I find it very difficult to believe that the Natives of Guatemala are living the good life. The book makes us aware of a society which reminds me of the United States 150 years ago, except its going on NOW! thats sad.. So okay.. thats my review.. once i discuss it in class I'll probably gain greater insights.. but please don't discard this from any reading list because of its fiction qualities!