The Milagro Beanfield War: A Novel

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Macmillan, Feb 15, 2000 - Fiction - 456 pages
279 Reviews
Joe Mondragon, a feisty hustler with a talent for trouble, slammed his battered pickup to a stop, tugged on his gumboots, and marched into the arid patch of ground. Carefully (and also illegally), he tapped into the main irrigation channel. And so began-though few knew it at the time-the Milagro beanfield war. But like everything else in the dirt-poor town of Milagro, it would be a patchwork war, fought more by tactical retreats than by battlefield victories. Gradually, the small farmers and sheepmen begin to rally to Joe's beanfield as the symbol of their lost rights and their lost lands. And downstate in the capital, the Anglo water barons and power brokers huddle in urgent conference, intent on destroying that symbol before it destroys their multimillion-dollar land-development schemes. The tale of Milagro's rising is wildly comic and lovingly tender, a vivid portrayal of a town that, half-stumbling and partly prodded, gropes its way toward its own stubborn salvation.
  

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A fun look at rural New Mexico with some great prose. - Goodreads
The writing style is extremely detailed. - Goodreads
Gave me great insight into Hispanic culture - Goodreads
Character development that is absolutely unique. - Goodreads
Funny, moving, sensitive and educational. - Goodreads
It's a good read, but not a page turner. - Goodreads

Review: The Milagro Beanfield War (The New Mexico Trilogy #1)

User Review  - Heather - Goodreads

So glad to finally finish Mr. Dev's suggestion. Hard to get through - really elongated description and a lot of build up. Great crude, in-your-face descriptions (see "the cat" on p. 65). Thinking the ... Read full review

Review: The Milagro Beanfield War (The New Mexico Trilogy #1)

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Thank you, John Nichols. I needed that. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
11
Section 3
58
Section 4
70
Section 5
95
Section 6
126
Section 7
152
Section 8
178
Section 12
263
Section 13
306
Section 14
327
Section 15
339
Section 16
407
Section 17
414
Section 18
430
Section 19
443

Section 9
199
Section 10
224
Section 11
240
Section 20
447
Copyright

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About the author (2000)

John Nichols's New Mexico Trilogy, inaugurated in 1974 with the publication of The Milagro Beanfield War, has grown from regional stature to national appeal, from literary radicals to cult classics. Beloved for his compassionate, richly comic vision and admired for his insight into the cancer that accompanies unbridled progress, Nichols is the author of nine novels and six works of nonfiction. He lives in northern New Mexico.

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