Madre: Perilous Journeys with a Spanish Noun


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Leaping off the page with energy, insight, and attitude, Liza Bakewell's exploration of language is anything but "just semantics." Why does me vale madre mean worthless, while !que padre! means fabulous, she asks? And why do one hundred madres disappear when one padre enters the room, converting the group from madres to padres? Thus begins a journey through Mexican culture in all its color: weddings, dinner parties, an artist's studio, heart-stopping taxi rides, angry journalists, corrupt politicians, Blessed Virgins, and ...

Madre: Perilous Journeys with a Spanish Noun 2010, WW Norton & Co, New York

ISBN-13: 9780393076424