Translation of: Distant neighbors: a portrait of the Mexicans. I was very impressed with what Mr. Riding is telling us about Mexico. se trata de “Vecinos Distantes” un retrato de los mexicanos; de Alan Riding (Brasileño). Buy Vecinos distantes/Distant Neighbors: Un retrato de los mexicanos/A Portrait of the Mexicans Translation, Reprint by Alan Riding (ISBN: ).
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview Mexkcanos a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Distant Neighbors by Alan Riding. A Portrait of the Mexicans by Alan Riding. A study of Mexico – political, social, cultural, economic – by a journalist who was for the past 6 years the NYT bureau chief in Mexico City.
With portraits of Mexico’s top leaders, about a nation whose stability is vital to our national well-being. Paperbackpages. Published October 23rd by Vintage first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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Lists with This Book. Sep 18, Lauren Albert rated it really liked it Shelves: I am probably, sadly, typically American in knowing more about Mexican food than Mexican vwcinos. This book did a very good job of rectifying that and making me want to read more about the country. Riding vecknos very far in explaining the misunderstandings between our two countries. Apr 04, Susie rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Recommended to Susie by: Even though this book is somewhat old, in terms of current events, it is still an excellent reference and history of cultural differences between the United States and Mexico.
The author, a journalist who spent years in Mexico, becinos and explains the causes for misunderstandings between our nations. Feb 20, Carlos Alonso-Niemeyer rated it liked it Shelves: Back in the this book was a must for those who love all things Mexico. I still find it useful for anyone who is going to do business and deal with the Mexican culture.
There are good chapters about language and customs. The society has changed a lot since the 80’s but by all means it provides a good frame to understand the “magical realism” of the Mexican people. Apr 15, Laura rated it liked it.
Oct 09, Steve Van Slyke rated it really liked it Shelves: Opening Mexico is more recent a tad better, but this is well worth reading for anyone wanting to understand Mexico.
Feb 12, Oscar Romero rated it it was amazing. I was very impressed with what Mr.
Distant Neighbors: A Portrait of the Mexicans by Alan Riding
Riding is telling us about Mexico. He seems to know more about Mexico and the Mexicans than myself or any Mexican I know, about all topics and specially about politics.
Even though this book was written so long ago, some truths remain. I hope we do take notice to what he is telling us and I too hope we can change for the better Otherwise, we will remain as we are. A very strong contender to get out of the “developing nations status I was very impressed with retrafo Mr.
A very strong contender to get out of the “developing nations status” but, that somehow; still trying I know we can–all we have to do is work together in the same direction. I want our distant neighbors to be our closest and most wanted neighbors May 27, Kevin rated it liked it. My edition lists this book as from Even so, it gives a good “outsider’s” perspective and understanding of Mexican culture and history, managing to mostly avoid taking sides.
Chapters start distnates, extracting the symbolism behind how a political party “institutionized” a “revolution” to help avoid the violent transfers of power that often plague Latin America.
But towards the end of chapters, the author, a NYT reporter in Mexico during the time of print, makes the common journalist-writing- My edition lists this book as from But towards the end of chapters, the author, a NYT reporter in Mexico during the time of print, makes the common journalist-writing-a-book mistake of rehashing the minutia of what he covered.
Jan 30, Keith rated it it was amazing Shelves: Riding’s goal to present a portrait of Mexico from many angles; historical, geographical, anthropological, sociological; in order to contextualize contemporary Mexico for an estadounidense audience which lacks understanding of all of those angles.
I think he succeeds. It’s succinct, does not limit itself to just fact or myth, and brings together each discipline in a cohesive, logical way that never fails to be interesting. It is dated of course the contemporary context is the late Pretty great. It is dated of course the contemporary context is the late 80s, so the social stats are not up to date but as a snapshot of that crucial era, the book provides a great understanding of Mexico as a nascent postmodern state.
I read this book for a class on the history of US-Mexican relations.
So many of our current problems date back to that time of oil, migration, drugs and thugs. To read Mexico contextualized in that time is very much relevant today — and Riding makes it fascinating. From my personal perspective even that it was written in the 80s the core remains till now days. Distant neighbors was recommended by an American person who is in constant touch with my culture. After some talks about my culture and how accurate he is on his perceptions he suggested me to read it.
If you want to understand Mexican culture and live within, Distant Neighbors is an introduction to understand As Mexican I’m fascinated the way Riding captured the Mexican essence from an American view. If you want kn understand Mexican culture and live within, Distant Neighbors is an introduction to understand the culture from historical, economical, political and sociological perspective. I found it easy to read even that I’m a non English native speaker.
I really like it, it is a very extense analisys of Mexico and the different ambits of its culture. I learned so much from this book. I would recommend it to most people. However, I found his writing style redundant and frustrating.
I feel most of this book could have been chronological but he broke it up into odd chapters and then repeated information several times.
Apr 08, Diana rated it really liked it. Oct 17, John Fahey added it. I first read it in Spanish in the 80s. Mar 03, jim rated it really liked it. Seems a fair-minded gringo’s view of Mexico. Aug 18, Michael Henslee rated it really liked it. Yn you are going to visit mexico or live there this book is a must read alan riding is a great writer and tells it like it is you want be wasting your money Alicia rated it it was ok Jun 08, rerato Fayola rated it liked it Jul 27, Jenaye White rated it really liked it May 24, Eduardo rated it really liked it Aug 17, Susan rated it really liked it Apr 09, Adrian Rodriguez rated it liked it Feb 05, vecinnos Margy rated it it was amazing Dec 27, Rafael rated it really liked it Sep 26, Spencer Wilson retratk it really liked it Aug 26, LPenting rated it it was amazing Nov 05, Cindy Morales rated it really liked it Aug 12, Hector Marquez rated it it was amazing Jun 22, During much of his career, Riding covered political and economic affairs.
During the final 12 years before he retired from journalism inhe was the European cultural correspondent for The New York Times, based in Paris. He is author of the best-selling book, “Distant Neighbors: Cultural Life in Nazi-Occupied Paris. Books by Alan Riding. Trivia About Distant Neighbors No trivia or quizzes yet.
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