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The Suatter and the Don originally published in San Francisco in 1885 is the first fictional narrative written and publ. The current scholarship on the writings of Maria Ampara Ruiz de Burton’s most recognized novel The Suatter and the Don is relatively thin Available criticism often addresses the themes of nationalism and racism prevalent in Ruiz de Burton’s literary treatment of the political fallout that followed the 1848 American annexation of California from Mexico While her novel is most notable for her stunning ability to portray the emotional and economic impact of dividing and resettling the Mexican ranchos during the decades that followed annexation it is also remarkable for its value in exploring feminist issues during the literary period of Realism The novel successfully grants an efficacious role to one of the female protagonists Mrs Mary Moreneau Darrell In the character of Mary Darrell Ruiz de Burton creates a woman who uses her maternal role for power and her marital role for influence A heroine with such characteristics is often lacking in the introductory courses of Realism In a preliminary course concentrated on female writers of Realism the student is most often sometimes exclusively exposed to the works of Edith Wharton Kate Chopin and Charlotte Perkins Gilman They are excellent authors; however their most influential works tend to portray the hopelessness of being a woman At the conclusion of The House of Mirth the still unmarried Lily becomes a social pariah and drug addict only to die of an overdose The unrepentant adulteress of The Awakening Edna Pontellier commits suicide by allowing herself to drown ridding herself of both children and husband The protagonist of “The Yellow Wallpaper” retains her life but she collapses into insanity If these three examples conclude a student’s introduction to women authors in the Realism period then the student might speculate that the only means by which a woman had any power or influence over her own life during the late nineteenth century was through death or insanity To temper these examples of negative extremism the canon might welcome The Suatter and the Don for its example of a woman’s ability to effectively and deliberately utilize her domestic role Mary Darrell neither commits suicide nor suffers from mental illness; rather she intentionally manipulates her influence within the family to her advantage Though her primary role in the novel is presented through her mother son relationship with Clarence or her wife husband relationship with William Mary emerges as a woman fully capable of securing her own destiny without succumbing to psychological aberration

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Citizenship under the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848 was by 1860 a subordinated and marginalized national minority. Ok so this was not the most riveting read The author missed some great opportunities for drama and Forbidden Love Don Mariano's family and the suatter family somehow are instantly friends and their sons and daughters start marrying each other almost immediatelyeverything is very proper Ie dulllllllllllllllllllllllll But it IS interesting from the standpoint that it is a book written by a Hispanic woman in the late 1800s that criticizes politics and race issues To a point She didn't appreciate the way the new white American settlers treated the Hispanics though ironically she still had her own awful prejudices against the Indians from whom the Spanish stole the California lands from in the first place Karma baby It also gives an insider's perspective from a kind of obscure point in American history which I was curious about

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Ished in English from the perspective of the conuered Mexican population that despite being granted the full rights of. Absolute misery to read never read this poshlost I wish there was a no star option Rock Island Line in English from the perspective of the conuered Mexican population that despite being granted the full rights of. Absolute misery to read never read this poshlost I wish there was a no star option


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  1. says:

    The first novel composed in English by a Mexican American writer The Suatter and the Don is to the Chicanoa literary movement a magisterial accomplishment a must read historical fiction about the blue eyed Mexican aristocratic families who remained in the United States after — and were marginalized by the lackluster upholding of — the Guadalupe Hidalgo Treaty that ended the war with MexicoThe author María Amparo Ruiz de Burton sets her novel thirty or so years after the signing of the treaty in 1848 in the fledgling southern Californian town of San Diego maybe you've heard of it? home to the regal Mexican American Alamar family The Alamares are not the Mexicans you've encountered in western books and movies set at this time period They are light skinned vigilantly polite and cosmopolitan They hire French tutors for their children and when they honeymoon in San Francisco they attend operas in Italian They sit in the box seatsDon Mariano Alamar the family's magnanimously open minded patriarch represents the last in a line of a family of Mexican aristocrats and the end of the now forgotten era of dignified southern California rancho culture It's no coincidence that Alamar sounds so much like AlamoIn their introduction Rosaura Sánchez and Beatrice Pita invite us to read Ruiz de Burton's work on two levels first as a piece of historical fiction second as a traditional American romance This is a smart move Here's why The romanceadventure component of The Suatter and the Don is absolutely unmasterful It is predictable many of its white characters' motivations are unexplored and — this is what had me retching — the anguished banter between the lovers is trite and maudlin Did you not say our wedding had better be postponed? And does that not mean that it may never never be? Clarence asks His intended the ravishing Mercedes affirms her love and he continues My own my sweet wife Oh how dearly I love you The strength of my love makes my heart acheClarence's heart aches and my stomach turnsFor all their talk about approaching this book doubly I suspect that Sánchez and Pita too are underwhelmed by Ruiz de Burton's invocation of American romantic conventions although they do take advantage of the opportunity to compliment the author's use of an American literary tradition to not so favorably depict American culturalpolitical traditions — You know you use the master's tools to dismantle the master's house etc Anyway they devote forty seven of the forty eight pages in their introduction to The Suatter and the Don's utility as a history lesson and in their words an acerbic critiue of the forces that solidified the Anglo American foothold in southern California — at the expense of the native Spanish speaking population Sánchez and Burton concoct several nifty charts like this one which schematize the cultural and communal forcestensions at play between the various characters in the novel These tensions come to a head in the last third of the book when Ruiz de Burton shifts focus from the Mexican AmericanAnglo American donsuatter dichotomy to the nuanced struggle between the Mexican American and Anglo American San Diego residents and the corrupt muckety muck politicians who ravish San Diego from their Washington DC offices That Ruiz de Burton intended her book to serve as a history lesson — or as a correction to history lessons that were already in the 1880s depicting as glorious the Anglo American annexation of the savage California bush — is not debatable She subtitles the book A Novel Descriptive of Contemporary Occurrences in California and gives a few of the chapters overtly historical political names like Chapter II The Don's View of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo Chapter XVI Spanish Land Grants Viewed Retrospectively Chapter XXXII A False Friend Sent to Deceive the Southerners and my personal favorite Chapter XXXIV The Sins of Our Legislators I've read other postbellum novels with similar political projects Margaret Mitchell's stellar Gone With the Wind comes to mind but never have I encountered a fiction that so bluntly skewers the legislators who fueled or were complicit with the laws that crippled communities that had the misfortune to fall below the Mason Dixon lineThe final chapters of the book in which the narrator and her characters both summon Herbert Spencer's and Thomas Carlyle's arguments in support of acting morally rather than selfishly read less and less like a novel and like a manifesto The voices of the characters who have been wronged by unjust federal legislation merge with the voice of Ruiz de Burton's vastly omniscient narrator until in the final chapter which is titled only Conclusion there is no mention of Don Mariano or of Clarence and Mercedes Darrell There is only the author's political and ethical condemnation of an America that allowed a greedy powerful few to drag into muddy poverty the whole of the hard working well educated Spanish American Californian manyDespite its imperfect I'm being generous literary style I find The Suatter and the Don easy to endorse particularly for its treatment of the so called Mexican American experience My recommendation Pay close attention to the introduction revel in the speeches to and about the politicians who were bribed into opposing the expansion of the Texas Pacific Railroad and hold your nose whenever Clarence and Mercedes are alone in a room together


  2. says:

    I always feel too bad about giving books 1 stars but this one was pretty close to getting only that While the history of the book was interesting the storyline was just awful for me The romance parts made me want to gag I couldn't stand the character of Mercedes It was just overall very hard for me to read this book I had to force myself to finish it and honestly if I didn't have to read this for class I most likely would have abandoned it half way through The last hundred pages read like a soap opera and I'm just glad it is over it doesn't even get a proper review from me But it's over on to something else now


  3. says:

    The current scholarship on the writings of Maria Ampara Ruiz de Burton’s most recognized novel The Suatter and the Don is relatively thin Available criticism often addresses the themes of nationalism and racism prevalent in Ruiz de Burton’s literary treatment of the political fallout that followed the 1848 American annexation of California from Mexico While her novel is most notable for her stunning ability to portray the emotional and economic impact of dividing and resettling the Mexican ranchos during the decades that followed annexation it is also remarkable for its value in exploring feminist issues during the literary period of Realism The novel successfully grants an efficacious role to one of the female protagonists Mrs Mary Moreneau Darrell In the character of Mary Darrell Ruiz de Burton creates a woman who uses her maternal role for power and her marital role for influence A heroine with such characteristics is often lacking in the introductory courses of Realism In a preliminary course concentrated on female writers of Realism the student is most often sometimes exclusively exposed to the works of Edith Wharton Kate Chopin and Charlotte Perkins Gilman They are excellent authors; however their most influential works tend to portray the hopelessness of being a woman At the conclusion of The House of Mirth the still unmarried Lily becomes a social pariah and drug addict only to die of an overdose The unrepentant adulteress of The Awakening Edna Pontellier commits suicide by allowing herself to drown ridding herself of both children and husband The protagonist of “The Yellow Wallpaper” retains her life but she collapses into insanity If these three examples conclude a student’s introduction to women authors in the Realism period then the student might speculate that the only means by which a woman had any power or influence over her own life during the late nineteenth century was through death or insanity To temper these examples of negative extremism the canon might welcome The Suatter and the Don for its example of a woman’s ability to effectively and deliberately utilize her domestic role Mary Darrell neither commits suicide nor suffers from mental illness; rather she intentionally manipulates her influence within the family to her advantage Though her primary role in the novel is presented through her mother son relationship with Clarence or her wife husband relationship with William Mary emerges as a woman fully capable of securing her own destiny without succumbing to psychological aberration


  4. says:

    Absolute misery to read never read this poshlost I wish there was a no star option


  5. says:

    As a novel The Suatter and the Don is terrible But as a historical document of the living conditions for California natives during the 1800s the text is eye opening Plus props to Burton for being the first known Mexican American writer


  6. says:

    This novel was assigned to me one year for an American Literature class It was a bit difficult to get into but it is a good story of how Americans stole land from Hispanics during the Gold Rush era The novel discusses the lives of an Hispanic family and an American family and how their lives differ even though their lives are intertwined


  7. says:

    Ok so this was not the most riveting read The author missed some great opportunities for drama and Forbidden Love Don Mariano's family and the suatter family somehow are instantly friends and their sons and daughters start marrying each other almost immediatelyeverything is very proper Ie dulllllllllllllllllllllllll But it IS interesting from the standpoint that it is a book written by a Hispanic woman in the late 1800s that criticizes politics and race issues To a point She didn't appreciate the way the new white American settlers treated the Hispanics though ironically she still had her own awful prejudices against the Indians from whom the Spanish stole the California lands from in the first place Karma baby It also gives an insider's perspective from a kind of obscure point in American history which I was curious about


  8. says:

    Interesting historically Terrible in reading Boring dull characters You can tell the author has a lot to say politically and I suppose the characters work as allegory but not for 300 pages I’m mostly just relieved it’s over Big yikes at the descriptions of African Americans and Native Americans and the emphasis on the whitenessblue eyes of Mercedes I’m glad I read it I suppose but I’d rather point someone in the direction of a history textbook It would read the same without the clunky bits


  9. says:

    This novel brings together a number of interesting themes and topics conflict between Californios and Anglos changes in land use railway expansion racism manifest destiny government corruption That's great Unfortunately it doesn't do so with a whole lot of tact and the sentimental romance aspect of the novel often takes up space than one would like


  10. says:

    Very nice story about Californios I was assigned to read this for a Chicano literature class and would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in the subject The book is full of clever metaphors and is full of captivating characters


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