People of the valley
One of Frank Waters's most popular novels, People of the Valley takes place high in the Sangre de Cristo mountains where an isolated Spanish-speaking people confront a threatening world of change. "Readers who are content to take the primitive and ruthless Maria del Valle on her own terms will treasure her and return to her again and again." --The New York Times "Mr. Waters has created in Old Maria a character of vital and lyrical intensity. His 'people of the valley' are humble, earnest, superstitious, lovable folk, the stuff of nature, the elementary stuff of a decent and prevailing humanity." --The Los Angeles Times
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I learned about Frank Waters while I was visiting New Mexico. I stayed at the Frank Waters room at the Mabel Dodge Luhan House in Taos, and I was curious to find out more about this New Mexican author ... Read full review
Another book by another Anglo whose mission in life seems to insulting the Hispanic people of the southwest. Every derogatory characteristic that one could conjure - backward, superstitious, ignorant, violent, primitive - is applied by Waters to the people of this Nuevomexicano town.
This nasty inclination of Anglo writers to denigrate and insult Latinos is a tired, trite and lazy habit developed over two centuries ago when trashing the character of Hispanics was part of the justification for stealing their land. Unfortunately, it is still showing up in the work of ignorant, parochial Anglos people who can't remove their cultural blinders when they venture from their caves.