Jun 05, 2020
The Guardians
Posted by Ana Castillo

From American Book Award winning author Ana Castillo comes a suspenseful, moving novel about a sensuous, smart, and fiercely independent woman Eking out a living as a teacher s aide in a small New Mexican border town, T a Regina is also raising her teenage nephew, Gabo, a hardworking boy who has entered the country illegally and aspires to the priesthood When Gabo s fathFrom American Book Award winning author Ana Castillo comes a suspenseful, moving novel about a sensuous, smart, and fiercely independent woman Eking out a living as a teacher s aide in a small New Mexican border town, T a Regina is also raising her teenage nephew, Gabo, a hardworking boy who has entered the country illegally and aspires to the priesthood When Gabo s father, Rafa, disappears while crossing over from Mexico, Regina fears the worst After several days of waiting and with an ominous phone call from a woman who may be connected to a smuggling ring, Regina and Gabo resolve to find Rafa Help arrives in the form of Miguel, an amorous, recently divorced history teacher Miguel s gregarious abuelo Milton a couple of Gabo s gangbanger classmates and a priest of wayward faith Though their journey is rife with challenges and danger, it will serve as a remarkable testament to family bonds, cultural pride, and the human experiencePraise for The GuardiansNAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE An always skilled storyteller, Castillo grounds her writing in humor, love, suspense and heartache that draw the reader in Chicago Sunday Sun Times A rollicking read, with jokes and suspense and joy rides and hearts breaking This smart, passionate novel deserves a wide audience Los Angeles Times What drives the novel is its chorus of characters, all, in their own way, witnesses and guardian angels In the end, Castillo s unmistakable voice earthy, impassioned, weaving a hybrid vocabulary for a hybrid people is the book s greatest revelation Time Out New York A wonderful novel Castillo s most important accomplishment in The Guardians is to give a unique literary voice to questions about what makes up a family El Paso Times A moving book that is both intimate and epic in its narrative Oscar Hijuelos, author of The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • Title: The Guardians
  • Author: Ana Castillo
  • ISBN: 9781400065004
  • Page: 182
  • Format: Hardcover
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    The Guardians From American Book Award winning author Ana Castillo comes a suspenseful moving novel about a sensuous smart and fiercely independent woman Eking out a living as a teacher s aide in a small New Mex

    Kate

    I m teaching Castillo in one of my classes She s coming to campus to speak, and she ll also come to my class to speak to my students We also read a collection of her poems I Ask the Impossible and a story collection Loverboys She fills all of her work with strong, quirky, flawed characters She explores sexuality, identity, relationships in surprisingly fun, funny and heart wrenching ways.If you d like to know what life on the border is like for many people, read this book The only flaw, and it s [...]


    Elizabeth

    The site description of this book was quite detailed, so I won t attempt to get into the narrative in this review, except to say that Castillo clearly has well honed story telling gifts.The characters were well developed, and their voices were unique and authentic The author sprinkled Spanish words mixed with English in the characters dialogue, and while this was occasionally annoying in the same way that it takes concentration and effort to understand a person with a heavy foreign accent on the [...]


    Kamala

    I ve taught this and other of Ana Castillo s texts and am currently preparing a paper in which the book figures prominantly One major draw is the way The Guardians and most of Ana s work lives in the borderlands reality in which the story is set The perspective, in this case dispersed between four main characters, is from within lived experience To me, the Spanish is integral to that aspect of the text, and I love that about it I appreciate codeswitching because,even if there is a distancing for [...]


    David

    This is contemporary literary fiction I m generally of a genre reader I m pleased to say that this book actually works as entertainment It took me a couple chapters to mesh with Castillo s writing style, but once I started to hear the dialog in my head with a heavy accent, it flowed just fine.About halfway through the book, I was certain that the book was going to be one huge diatribe along the really stereotypical bleeding heart doom path I expect from contemporary literary fiction But I was w [...]


    Angela

    Certainly compelling, but the narrative style all first person, from the POV of numerous characters was a bit jarring It also forced me to rack my brain and even pick up a Spanish dictionary at one point, since I wanted to be absolutely certain that I was reading the frequently interspersed Spanish words correctly That, than anything, was the reason I gave this three stars While I appreciate what the author was trying to do, the assumption that readers would be able to skim over unknown words w [...]


    J.M. Evans

    This is a wonderful read tender, funny, dead on, sharp It s all the things that make a book its own separate and valid world, a place that you fall into, where you meet new people that you will love and hate Each time that I read this novel, I cry and scream, and in my mind, I rewrite the characters fates over and over again Ay, mi muchacho And Regina and I light a candle for the soul departed, and wish that it could be different, and in the aftermath of knowing that nothing can be changed that [...]


    Dana Stabenow

    The story of three generations of Mexican Americans living in a New Mexican border town rife with drugs and violence and anti immigration fervor This novel has a great voice, which makes me forgive the author s determination to hit every single button reflected in every single one of today s headlines Regina in particular is a terrific character this is a woman who never gives up I could wish the entire novel had been hers alone to tell.


    Alison

    This is a heartbreaking account of Mexican familes both illegal immigrants and third generation who live in a border town I loved the characters in this book although something about the writing was not compelling.


    Aimee

    This is one of those books that I would not otherwise have read if it were not for my book club It is different from anything that I have read before because it is from the perspective of the Hispanic community and deals with the horrors they face on a daily basis.


    Bonnie

    Thanks to my friend Lynette for highly recommending this book.


    Trish

    It left me wanting I wanted to follow these characters for the rest of their lives.


    Libraryscat

    In this compelling exploration of illegal immigration and life on the Mexican American border, Ann Castillo introduces the reader to four characters and their musings on their life and culture The story, which develops in rather brief sections narrated alternately by each character, revolves around one family s search for a brother and father The author brings the reader into this world of chaos and mistrust through the language and descriptions of everyday life on the border return return Regin [...]


    Leticia

    The Guardians is a novel narrated in four parts, centering around life on the New Mexican border with Mexico Regina, the central narrator, is responsible for her nephew Gabriel after his father Rafa leaves him with her to cross the border back to Mexico Upon returning to cross back over, Rafa disappears, throwing Regina and Gabriel s lives into chaos To find him, they seek the help of friends and enemies alike and are tested beyond the limitation of their values to try and find him Castillo take [...]


    Betty-Anne

    Reading Ana Castillo s The Guardians turned out to be a difficult experience She weaves four different Mexican American voices around each other and attempts to bring cohesion to her story The four Regina, a woman as determined to hold on to her past as she is to see her nephew have a future Gabo, a sixteen year old boy fighting to cope with a lifetime of loss believing his only choices are the church or the gangs Miguel, a disillusioned schoolteacher with a somewhat atypical divorce situation a [...]


    Laura

    I love Castillo s style There s something so easy about it and yet compelling In this book, she tells the story of life on the border between El Paso and Ciudad Juarez through the voices of four different characters In doing so, Castillo is able to develop her characters and their stories deeply, particularly that of Regina Regina is a powerhouse of a woman with an open and kind soul Miguel, her love interest, at one point describes her as the kind of woman who probably hustles steers in her fr [...]


    Reni

    Saints and martyrs come together in this novel, looking for loved ones gone missing in their attempt to cross over into the United States and what they hoped could mean a better life Re reading this book in 2015 made it appear oddly topical even to me as a European The daily tragedies occuring at the US Mexican border very rarely make it into the evening news over here, but illegal immigration and people being forced to flee their economically depressed homes in search of any kind of future have [...]


    Irisheyz77

    I had never read anything by Castillo when I picked up this book but based on the back of the book I thought that this would be a beautiful tale of love, loss and the coming together of various characters After reading this story I wonder if the person who wrote up the blurb on the back even read the story The main part of this short novel was to be about the search for the brother of one the main characters, Regina Yet her brother is rarely mentioned and there never seems to be much in the way [...]


    Mark Valentine

    Place makes this novel than anything else The texture, tones, and timbre of El Paso Jaurez rises up as if it were its own character The only other author who has been able to write like this in my mind is Willa Cather about the plains of Nebraska Basically, the plot follows the Lost Father motif Everyone is searching for Rafa, Gabo s father, yet no one can find him Castillo s characters also have a depth She casts them in guardian angel names Regina, or Queen of Heaven Miguel, or Michael Rafa, [...]


    Natasha

    This is a very important, politically charged book for the 21st century Castillo gives voice to a variety of people living in the border towns between Mexico and the US, and does not apologize for laying bare the iniquities and hardships faced by Mexicans who cross the border, whether temporarily or permanently Many of the issues that she includes are particularly pertinent to women the rape of female gang members, domestic abuse, the difficulty to earn a living without relying on a husband but [...]


    Kelly McCloskey-Romero

    I haven t read a book by Ana Castillo in years I discovered her during a Chicana lit class almost 20 years ago, and I really liked So Far From God This one was just ok.Delving into life in a fictional border town not too far from Juarez and the disappearances of innocent people there, this novel s strongest trait is Regina, a tough woman who struggles with senselessly losing her loved ones I really liked her, and if she were a teacher s aide at my school, I would try to befriend her The way that [...]


    Jen

    The Guardians by Ana Castillo is timely, considering the current illegal immigration debate Politics aside, this book gives the reader a sobering glimpse into the other side of immigration Ana introduces us to a colorful cast of characters who tell their stories in first person return return The narrators are Regina, her nephew Gabo, her paramour Miguel, and Miguel s grandfather, Milton Regina s brother Gabo s father , Rafa, goes missing after trying to cross the border Later, Miguel s ex wife a [...]


    Michael Bennett

    I had never read any Ana Castillo, but I thought that the description of the book sounded intriguing, so I signed up for the early reviewer copy and was lucky enough to snag one I pushed it to the front of my reading list so that I could review it quickly and stay in good stead with this excellent program free books But I hesitated in writing the review because it is a hard book to review for me I enjoyed it It didn t blow me away and it didn t bore me It is a good book, but I wouldn t call it a [...]


    Cindy Griffin

    The Guardians by Ana Costillo is a tragic story of a Mexican American family told by the four main characters Regina, Gabo, Miguel, and Milton The lives of these four individuals are followed and narrated by the individuals themselves Costillo interweaves the events in her book based on the differing points of view of these characters Each person is searching for peace within themselves as they join together in the search for Gabo s missing father return return This is certainly not a book that [...]


    Cindy Griffin

    The Guardians by Ana Costillo is a tragic story of a Mexican American family told by the four main characters Regina, Gabo, Miguel, and Milton The lives of these four individuals are followed and narrated by the individuals themselves Costillo interweaves the events in her book based on the differing points of view of these characters Each person is searching for peace within themselves as they join together in the search for Gabo s missing father return return This is certainly not a book that [...]


    Djrmel

    Whenever I read a story told in the form of characters getting their own chapters to tell their versions of overlapping events, I hold that story to a higher standard Why Because it s an easier way to tell a story The author doesn t have to pin down the voice they re going to use In the case of this book, that higher standard is exceeded A fifty something legal immigrant from Mexico has taken custody of her illegal immigrant sixteen year old nephew Her brother, a man who has crossed back and for [...]


    Elaine

    This story is told from the perspective of 4 individuals living in New Mexico Regina, Gabo, Miguel, and Milton Regina is a widow in her 50 s Her nephew Gabriel Gabo is currently living with her in order to attend school while his father, Rafa, works as a migrant worker When Rafa mysteriously disappears during an illegal border crossing, Regina turns to a fellow co worker, Miguel, for help Milton, Miguel s grandfather, takes an interest in mentoring Gabo and helping with the search for Rafa.There [...]


    Erin

    The Guardians is a brutal novel brutal like a hard run or a long hike you are challenged and you re glad you put in the effort Her characters are flavorful and difficult The scenery is relentless This book makes you need to know about la frontera and own your piece of what is there As another reviewer notes, Spanish is used liberally throughout the novel, not all of it is immediately defined by context it might be helpful to have a dictionary handy, thought it s not necessary to get something o [...]


    Alexis

    I checked out this book because it was on a list of desert themed recommendations, and on that count it delivered The desert is portrayed as a treacherous land, to be feared as much for the smugglers that stalk it as for the barren landscape itself Here, the desert offers almost nothing and takes much that reality is constantly pressing down on the book s protagonist and her family I ve read very little about life on the US Mexico border the horrors of the border crossing, the back breaking labo [...]


    Am

    As a fervent supporter of immigrant s rights, I appreciated the humanitarian message of the tale, and the fact that it was recounted without a heavy hand, or a pedantic hammer.Castillo has a beautiful grasp of musicality in narration The Guardians is an engaging poem for that reason.That said, I had a hard time overcoming some of the stylistic hurdles, in particular the injection of Spanish vocab into narrations, sometimes in nearly every sentence, depending upon the narrator My knowledge of Spa [...]


    Sarah

    In The Guardians, Ana Castillo insightfully portrays life in the unusual triangle where Sunland Park, NM, El Paso, TX, and Ciudad Juarez come together The border is in so many ways an artificial construction dividing people and cultures that one could imagine would blend fluidly and happily given political, legal, and law enforcement changes Instead, families are divided and people are dying trying to cross back and forth Layer on top of that the appalling drug and gang violence.She accurately d [...]



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