- Tapa blanda: 224 páginas
- Editor: University of New Mexico Press; Edición: Unm Press. (15 de agosto de 2000)
- Colección: Paso Por Aqui Series on the Nuevomexicano Literary Heritage
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0826322867
- ISBN-13: 978-0826322869
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Romance of a Little Village Girl (Paso Por Aqui Series on the Nuevomexicano Literary Heritage) (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 15 ago 2000
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This may be a small book, but it provides a whopper of information for any aficionado of Spanish culture at the turn of the century.
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Cleofas M. Jaramillo (1878-1956) grew up in northern New Mexico, and her memoir, originally published in 1955, offers a unique and engaging portrait of daily life and customs from the late nineteenth through the early twentieth century. The story of her life in a prominent family steeped in the traditions of Old Spain takes us into village life of a bygone period. Jaramillo's vivid recollection of a time when tradition clashed with modernization and New Mexican cultures nevertheless came together to form a richly diverse society makes her autobiography not only the story of one woman's life but of changing lifeways on the edge of a new era. Jaramillo narrates her life from girlhood through courtship and marriage, motherhood, and her later years in Santa Fe. Throughout we witness her enduring and indomitable spirit despite political upheaval, economic depression, and family tragedy. Jaramillo drew singular strength from her faith and her heritage. She discusses religion, politics, local customs, family, love, and more, recounting in unique detail customs associated with courtship, marriage, fiestas, and hospitality that are so much a part of Hispanic culture in New Mexico.
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This was a proud woman, not "nice," faced with obstacles later in life. A captivating narrative, resurrected from dusty oblivion, previously available only to scholars with access to library special-collections. The first section may be a bit slow, and the badly edited (even the copyright contains a typo) introduction primarily illuminates the contemporary political self-consciousness of a well-intentioned academic, but once Cleofas and her compelling eye turn to harvest time in rural New Mexico, the flow of her life will draw you in.
This memoir records the particularity of a life, imperfect, not accommodated to modern sensibilities, yet fascinating. Cleofas is observant and intelligent, though anything but PC regarding conflicts between early Spanish colonies and tribal lands. There are rare moments of confession, where she admits to terrible errors in her relationship with her daughter, incidents of selfishness and cruelty. (Sadly, others have written misleading, exploitative books about the tragedy her daughter's too-short life. Had Cleofas and her powerful family responded to the event with outright racism, she easily could have lied during her testimony.)
Cleofas believed that her historic Spanish culture was being denigrated and appropriated by outsiders, and that newcomers even cooked traditional Spanish foods badly. She provides an honest point of view, however flawed toward other cultures. Her story testament of a life altered by the loss of the peaceful agrarian life of Cleofas' childhood, the Great Depression, tragedy, "progress," and a history stretching back to Mexico and Spain. Cleofas is the first Hispanic to have written a Spanish-American cookbook, "Genuine New Mexico Tasty Recipes (Potajes Sabrosos)," but unfortunately, Cleofas assumed her audience would understand the context and common sense contents of her foods, and excludes measurements. This reflects some of the other odd omissions in her memoir, as she was once a well-known woman concerned about her family's social status, and creating a proper impression for posterity. Her personal knowledge of the Southwest's historic landscapes, her vivid descriptions of a world balanced on a precipice of change in the name of progress, churches with adobe walls five feet thick that had withstood centuries, yet were soon to be demolished, haciendas as self-sufficient feudal systems, and rural village life, are fascinating.
Another unique woman's voice, first published in 1902 and almost lost in time, from Butte, Montana: The Story Of Mary MacLane & Other Writings
Cleofas mentions this with admiration, and it is a wonderful read: Death Comes for the Archbishop (Vintage Classics)
Wonderful diary (but for the stilted footnotes & editing by Drumm): Down the Santa Fe Trail and into Mexico: The Diary of Susan Shelby Magoffin, 1846-1847 (Yale Western Americana Paperbound, Yw-3.)