Into the Beautiful North

Into the Beautiful North

A Novel

Book - 2009
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Nineteen-year-old Nayeli works at a taco shop in her Mexican village and dreams about her father, who journeyed to theUS to find work. Recently, it has dawned on her that he isn't the only man who has left town. In fact, there are almost no men in the village--they've all gone north. While watching The Magnificent Seven, Nayeli decides to go north herself and recruit seven men--her own "Siete Magníficos"--to repopulate her hometown and protect it from the bandidos who plan on taking it over.

Filled with unforgettable characters and prose as radiant as the Sinaloan sun, INTO THE BEAUTIFUL NORTH is the story of an irresistible young woman's quest to find herself on both sides of the fence.
Published: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780316025270
Branch Call Number: F URR
Characteristics: 342 p. ;,24 cm.


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While watching The Magnificent Seven, Nayeli decides to go north and recruit seven men - her own 'Siete Magníficos' - to repopulate her Mexican village and protect it from the bandidos who plan on taking it over.

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Aug 03, 2018

I read this 4 years ago when I was living in California and became entranced with the author Luis Alberto Urrea's style. This touching and beautifully written story is so timely even though it was written in 2010.

Jul 08, 2018

My mind kept contrasting this positive book with the horror of children, including toddlers, being taken from parents seeking asylum at our southern border.

Jul 04, 2017

Nayeli is 19 years old and lives in a small Mexican town that is peopled almost solely by women, old people, and thugs. She wants to "go everywhere and see everything," but her hopes of a life of excitement and adventure seem futile. Over the years, the men have all left for better futures in the United States. Nayeli's aunt, the mayor, hatches a plan to bring them back. Nayeli and her friends accept the mission and accomplish it with flying colors.

Into the Beautiful North is at the same time playful and sober. The characters are charming and believable -- Tacho the gay bar owner, Atomiko the Don Quixote-like trash heap king, Nayeli and her friends Yolo and Vampira. They are quirky and good-hearted and earnest.

This was a book I stumbled on in the library, and I enjoyed it very much.

Nov 01, 2016

I really enjoyed this book. While the situations in the book were a little ridiculous and over the top, it made it okay to overlook all that and just enjoy the characters. Their strength and perservearance made it worth reading. I also enjoyed the glimpses into the vast differences between life in Mexico and the U.S., both good and bad. The author isn't afraid to point out the ludicrous, but does so in such a benign fashion that it feels safe. I highly recommend this book.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 02, 2016

Into the Beautiful North was unlike any novel I’ve read before. It’s not easily classified. It felt like an award-winning piece of literature wrapped in a layer of teen fiction trying to pass itself off as a book for the general fiction crowd.

May 11, 2016

Precious will stay with you forever. I have read it over and over again. Urrea has got a way of telling this story that moves you to the bone.

Jan 14, 2016

This book was so moving I went to find every book I could on this subject. It is beautifully written by Urrea, one of my favorite authors.

Jun 25, 2015

A great read. It gives one an certain view of what it's like to grow up in a small Mexican village and why a young person might feel compelled to cross the dangerous border to the north.

PimaLib_MaryG May 06, 2015

It's hard to have a favorite among Urrea's works, but this is a contender. He captures the language so well.

mill01pj Jul 08, 2014

A zany story about illegal immigration that reveals many truths.

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mill01pj Jul 08, 2014

A zany treatise on illegal immigration, it reflects many truths.


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