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The Resource The City of Palaces

The City of Palaces

Label
The City of Palaces
Title
The City of Palaces
Statement of responsibility
Michael Nava
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Language
eng
Summary
In the years before the Mexican Revolution, Mexico is ruled by a tiny elite that apes European culture, grows rich from foreign investment, and prizes racial purity. The vast majority of Mexicans, who are native or of mixed native and Spanish blood, are politically powerless and slowly starving to death. Presiding over this corrupt system is Don Porfirio Díaz, the ruthless and inscrutable president of the Republic. Against this backdrop, The City of Palaces opens in a Mexico City jail with the meeting of Miguel Sarmiento and Alicia Gavilán. Miguel is a principled young doctor, only recently returned from Europe but wracked by guilt for a crime he committed as a medical student ten years earlier. Alicia is the spinster daughter of an aristocratic family. Disfigured by smallpox, she has devoted herself to working with the city's destitute. This unlikely pair—he a scientist and atheist and she a committed Christian—will marry. Through their eyes and the eyes of their young son, José, readers follow the collapse of the old order and its bloody aftermath. The City of Palaces is a sweeping novel of interwoven lives: Miguel and Alicia; José, a boy as beautiful and lonely as a child in a fairy tale; the idealistic Francisco Madero, who overthrows Díaz but is nevertheless destroyed by the tyrant's political system; and Miguel's cousin Luis, shunned as a "sodomite." A glittering mosaic of the colonial past and the wealth of the modern age, The City of Palaces is a story of faith and reason, cathedrals and hovels, barefoot street vendors and frock-coated businessmen, grand opera and silent film, presidents and peasants, the living and the dead.Winner, International Latino Book Award for Latino Fiction, Latino Literacy NowSecond place, International Latino Book Award for Historical Fiction, Latino Literacy NowFinalist, Gay Fiction, Lambda Literary AwardsHonorable Mention in Drama, Latino Books into Movies Award, International Latino Book AwardsBest Books for General Audiences, selected by the American Association of School LibrariansOutstanding Book, selected by the Public Library Reviewers
Summary
Presents the story of Miguel Sarmiento, a doctor, his aristocratic wife, and young son as they are caught up the Mexican Revolution and the political upheavals and chaos that follows the collapse of the old order
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Storyline
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10307650
Cataloging source
WU/DLC
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Nava, Michael
Dewey number
813.54
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Fiction
  • Literature
  • Historical Fiction
Target audience
adult
Label
The City of Palaces
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Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:20934af0-9cac-4ce7-b80b-1e42ee957b7e
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780299299132
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
The City of Palaces
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:20934af0-9cac-4ce7-b80b-1e42ee957b7e
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780299299132
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

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