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American Dirt

Lu par : Yareli Arizmendi
Durée : 16 h et 54 min
4 out of 5 stars (2 notations)

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FEAR KEEPS THEM RUNNING.  

HOPE KEEPS THEM ALIVE.

Vivid, visceral, utterly compelling, American Dirt is the first novel to explore the experience of attempting to illegally cross the US-Mexico border. Described as 'impossible to put down' (Saturday Review) and 'essential reading' (Tracy Chevalier), it is a story that will leave you utterly changed.

Yesterday, Lydia had a bookshop.

Yesterday, Lydia was married to a journalist.

Yesterday, she was with everyone she loved most in the world.

Today, her eight-year-old son Luca is all she has left.

For him, she will carry a machete strapped to her leg.

For him, she will leap onto the roof of a high speed train.

For him, she will find the strength to keep running.

An Oprah's Bookclub Pick

As featured on Saturday Review

A BBC Radio 2 Bookclub Pick

Soon to be a BBC Radio 4 Book At Bedtime

A Book to Look Out For in the Observer, Stylist, Sunday Times, Independent, Vogue, New York Times, Oprah magazine, and more.

A Barnes and Noble Bookclub Pick

©2020 Jeanine Cummins (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

Commentaires

"One hell of a novel about a good woman on the run with her beautiful boy." (Stephen King)

"I couldn't put it down. I'll never stop thinking about it." (Ann Patchett)

"It's been a long time since I turned pages as fast as I did with American Dirt. Its journey is a testament to the power of fear and hope and belief that there are more good people than bad." (John Grisham)

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Déjà vu!

A well-documented story of migrants in Mexico. Some previous books already describe the life in Mexico with the cartels having politicians and policemen on their payroll. This story of a mother with his son, crossing Mexico and eventually the US border is another way to understand this current life for those who happen to become a target.

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  • Cait Guyette
  • 02/02/2020

Not worth the hype

American Dirt is a novel about Mexican cartels and migration written for basic gringas in book clubs. I am a fairly basic gringa. (But I did get kicked out of my book club years ago for the books I picked: David Sedaris was the nail in my book group coffin. I feel no remorse.)
The story starts compellingly but unravels into cliches. When I got this book I liked the sound of the story but as I live at the end of the earth, I wasn’t aware of the hype and subsequent backlash this book had received until after I started reading. I then tried to avoid all of the above.
So this is my take: To begin I am a person who believes in a full scale overhaul of the United States’ immigration policy is needed. I believe in Dreamers. I believe we need to create viable paths to citizenship for people. I’ve worked alongside legal and illegal immigrants and 1st generation citizens who have become lifelong friends and who are the most generous, kind people you could meet despite the majority of the USA treating them like garbage. I also left the United States and am a migrant in another country. I did not leave because of violence or in fear, so I don’t know that experience, but leaving your home, whether you want to or not is hard - and I travelled on a plane not jumping onto moving trains or trekking through the desert. But I know what it’s like to be “other” and to learn to never refer to myself as American again.
That being said, I do think books are a powerful way to bring awareness to these issues. Some basic white people need to realise “these criminals coming to take their jobs” are people: mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters. The fact that it this needs to happen is sad, but true. I think Jeanine Cummins meant well (and a 7 figure book deal probably didn’t hurt). I do believe an author is most effective when writing what they know, but should be able to write to others’ experiences if done with respect and research without condemnation. But they will and should be held to a higher standard.
The biggest problem with American Dirt is it just doesn’t hold up to even a normal standard. The characters are simple stereotypes, the action is predictable, the morals are clumsy and heavy handed, and the American Dream propaganda a bit too loud.
The most interesting and complex character to me was Javier, La Lechuza. I wish there had been more chapters on him and his viewpoint. He is still a bit of stereotype and the way that storyline ends is very disappointingly anti-climatic.
Yes, I think people who have lived a life a bit closer to Lydia’s should write this book. Yes, I think people who have been writing books of better quality but with less impressive press tours and blurbs should get more press and widespread devotion. But maybe this book and the controversy will get a basic gringa to seek out more authentic voices or, even better, to support immigration reform and closer ties to our neighbour, Mexico, to work together to reduce cartel violence.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16/09/2020

Gripping

As an outsider this was a huge eye opener on the lives of migrants through South America. Must listen.

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  • Angela Lambson
  • 26/08/2020

Gripping!

A powerful, sickeningly relevant story compellingly told. Congratulations to the author, Jeanine Cummins and the narrator, Yareli Arizmendi, who brought it vividly to life.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10/08/2020

Amazing !

I loved the detail of feeling in this book . So intimate - from both mother and sons perspective. So important to read in these times as the refugee “ problem” takes center stage . This book gives those refugees a face .

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  • Wayne Phillips
  • 02/08/2020

Harrowingly true: We all have dreams

Migrants are real individual people with traumatic experiences we could never comprehend. Least we can do is listen and empathise. Best we can do is treat them with dignity as we would want to be treated.

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  • Talya Bethlehem
  • 22/07/2020

Best audiobook I’ve listened to so far

So beautifully and emphatically read, riveting and moving story. The characters really come to life . I can’t stop thinking about it. Love love love

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  • Suzie Deyris
  • 12/07/2020

Outstanding novel.

In the first chapters I felt I was being dragged into a nightmare, and wanted to turn this book off. As I continued I fell in love with the characters and everything about this book. I was so glad I continued to listen ( and hear) and rate both the writer and the narrator as sensationally good. A book that can open hearts, and change the world. - “ A bridge “
Deep gratitude to writer and narrator.

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  • Scorpion
  • 14/06/2020

Should be a 10 star.

I was a bit reluctant to purchase this book because I read a few of the negative reviews, so glad I ignored them. This is a very well written book with a fresh subject matter, and even if there is some artistic license used isn’t that what brings a great book to fruition. I loved this book and I had no hesitation in recommending it to several of my friends and my book club. Don’t leave this one behind you. I would give it 10 stars if it was possible.

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  • MRS R BEAVER
  • 17/05/2020

A story of real survival that will stay with you long after you’ve finished

One of the best stories I’ve ever heard- well written, well narrated and well worth your time! I’ve been educated about the harsh realities migrants face by way of a truly engrossing tale. Bravo Ms Cummins

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  • mmamitse
  • 04/05/2020

Book review, AMERICAN DIRT

This is one of the most compelling pieces of fiction I have had the pleasure of listening to. Thank you Janine. The characters’ state of mind is crystal clear, the journey so detailed and nuanced. A truly beautiful book.

The narrative, the poetry, the audio translation all took my breath away.

Thank you.
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