Madre: Perilous Journeys with a Spanish Noun Ebook
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Why is the word madre , “mother,” so complicated in Spanish-especially in Mexico?
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 !qué 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 mothers both sacred and profane.
Along the way, a reader discovers not only an invaluable lexicon of Mexican slang (to be used with caution or not at all) but also thought-provoking reflections on the evolution of language; its winding path through culture, religion, and politics; and, not least, what it means-and what it threatens-to be a creative female, a madre .
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