Candy Factory member Tony Hernandez (a Points of You facilitator and owner of Reflective Wisdom) will be facilitating a book discussion at The Candy Factory on November 6, 2017. The book to be discussed is “Into the Beautiful North.”
The plan is for attendees to read the book ahead of time (copies are now available for free at The Candy Factory — 342 N. Queen St., Rear) and to come ready for the discussion on November 6. A summary of the book, the main characters, and themes can be found here: https://www.arts.gov/partnerships/nea-big-read/into-the-beautiful-north.
Into the Beautiful North is a quest novel in the grand tradition, though there are no medieval knights, magic rings, or light sabers within its pages. Author Luis Alberto Urrea sets the novel in the present day, in the highly charged world of the U.S.-Mexico border region.
Nayeli, an energetic and idealistic girl of nineteen, is coming of age in a Mexican village, more than 1,000 miles from the border. She and her friends spend their days working at low-wage jobs and surfing the Internet for videos of their favorite bands and movie stars, dreaming of a wider world they have little hope of knowing.
One night, Nayeli and her friends attend a screening of John Sturges’s classic film, The Magnificent Seven. In the film, a Mexican farming village is terrorized by a bandit until the village elders decide to fight back, electing three farmers to travel to the U.S. to find seven brave gunfighters to help defend the village. Inspired, Nayeli vows to go on a mission to the U.S. to bring back seven men—including her father—to defend Tres Camarones against the drug-dealing bandidos. She persuades her loyal band of friends to accompany her on the dangerous journey, and the quest begins.
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