The Tortilla Curtain

The Tortilla Curtain

Book - 1995
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This book is about Delaney and Kyra Mossbacher, a stay-at-home dad and his real-estate whiz wife, and their clash with Cándido and América Rincón, illegal aliens who have crossed into California from Mexico and are awaiting the birth of their baby.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 1995
ISBN: 9780140238280
014023828X
9780670856046
0670856045
Call Number: F BOYLE T
Characteristics: 355 p. ; 24 cm

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SFPL_ReadersAdvisory Jun 11, 2018

The story of undocumented Californians, told through the eyes of two very different couples, one well-off Anglos, the other illegal Mexicans living in a canyon. The novel chronicles their relationship against the background of growing hostility between immigrants and natives.

Delaney and Kyra Mossbacher, a stay-at-home dad and his real-estate whiz wife, clash with Cándido and América Rincón, illegal immigrants who have crossed into California from Mexico and are awaiting the birth of their baby.


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evediana
Jan 20, 2020

Recommended by Carrie

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JEFF F GRAHAM
Aug 28, 2017

The Tortilla Curtain made me uncomfortable at many stages of the book. I did feel the change in attitude of the well -to-do couple toward the hispanics around them is something that can happen to many open minded people in a situation as told by the author.
I really did not like the ending. I don't need an ending which raps up everything in a nice neat package, but after all the terrible luck that the hispanic man had with his wife the ending left me up in the air and not being satisfied.
I did feel challenged in what I thought of as me being unprejudiced only to realize that I do have prejudices.

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MicheleJ
Jan 22, 2013

At the beginning of the book, I liked most of the main characters but by the end.......didn't like any of them. This was a very "harsh" book to read however.....I would recommend it.

It forces one to look and think about both sides w/o blessing one and cursing the other.

Plus, good writing.

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uncommonreader
Oct 14, 2012

This novel tells the story of two families in Los Angeles - a Mexican man, his wife and baby trying to survive against impossible odds and bad luck and an affluent, liberal American family. It is about racism and ultimately, compassion.

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madRubicante
Jun 07, 2011

I had to push myself to finish this book. The beginning showed originality and promise, but as it progressed, it just became ridiculous and even surreal. I understand that racism is still alive and kicking in the U.S., but it felt too over-the-top in this book. It was hard to become attached to the characters things went from bad to worse to god-awful. I started feeling less and less concerned about them, which is (I'm pretty sure) the exact opposite of what the writer intended. It was a quick read, but didn't impress me much.

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