The Bandits from Río Frío: A Naturalistic and Humorous Novel of Customs, Crimes, and Horrors, Part 1

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Wheatmark, Inc., 2007 - Fiction - 472 pages
A romantic tale of Mexico at the dawn of Independence, an adventure, a romance, a political satire, a sociological study, a whodunit, a telenovela, and more.

Manuel Payno's classic Mexican novel develops a romantic history of impossible love between the Countess Mariana del Sauz and Lieutenant Colonel Juan Robreno. An illegitimate son results from a brief union of these lovers, and this star-crossed child is kidnapped and abandoned by Aztec witches. Wrongly accused of theft and murder, he must pursue the truth of his birth through staggering misfortunes. Along the way he experiences war, famine, plague, and association with Evaristo, a bandit of national and even international fame who nearly brings a government to its knees.

These and a host of other memorable characters are swept up in a web of organized crime spun by the fabulous Relumbron, presidential assistant, wealthy aristocrat, church stalwart, family man, and former associate of the great Santa Ana.

 

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In this work dating back to 1891, Payno tried to paint a broad portrait of his native Mexico by including characters from all social, economic, religious, and political backgrounds to reflect the vast scope of the national conscience. This is the first English translation of Payno's epic. Read full review

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Contents

List of Principal Characters Part I
1
Authors Prologue
5
Santa María de la Ladrillera
7
The Doctors
15
The Witches
19
The Aztec Goddess and the Virgin of Guadalupe
29
The Miracle
36
Don Diego by Night
42
Mariana and Her Son
207
The Port of San Lázaro
221
IntheChalcoCanal
230
Cook and Servant
241
The Bell at Dawn
250
The Injustice of Justice
257
The Litigation of the Marquises del Valle Alegre
265
Bad Thoughts and Difficulties
270

Don Diego by Day
49
The Encampment
54
The Chapitel de Santa Catarina
63
La Viña
67
Comodina
75
The White Slave
80
Evaristos First Exploits
85
Adventures of the Sewing Table
92
Justice Solomon Style
98
Casilda
106
Evaristos Marriage
114
The Apprentice
118
Holy Monday
133
Delirium
144
In the Market
149
Cecilia
155
The Petty Thief
163
The Poorhouse
168
Pepe Carrascosa
177
Lawyer Lamparillas Friend
187
A Terrible Judge
198
Saved by a Miracle
280
Ameca
288
The Wrath of God
295
The Hacienda of Santa María de la Ladrillera
312
Inside the House
326
Inside the Bath
332
Lawyer Lamparillas Poetry
337
A Night at the Rancho de los Coyotes
358
Evaristo Converts Himself into an Honest Rancher
365
A Death on the Mountain
374
The Tawny Head
380
The Masked Men
388
The First Assault on the Stagecoach
398
Episode
408
A Banquet in the Great Hall of the Hacienda del Sauz
417
The Journey
427
The Marriage of the Marquis del Valle Alegre
433
The Jewel Boxes
441
Marianas Wedding
447
A Dictionary of the Principal Spanish and Náhuatl Terms Used in This Translation
455
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