The Milagro Beanfield War: A Novel (The New Mexico Trilogy #1) (Paperback)

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The Milagro Beanfield War: A Novel (The New Mexico Trilogy #1) (Paperback)


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This is book number 1 in the The New Mexico Trilogy series.

The Milagro Beanfield War is the first book in John Nichols's New Mexico trilogy (“Gentle, funny, transcendent.” —The New York Times Book Review), later adapted to film by Robert Redford.

Joe Mondragon, a feisty hustler with a talent for trouble, slammed his battered pickup to a stop, tugged on his gumboots, and marched into the arid patch of ground. Carefully (and also illegally), he tapped into the main irrigation channel. And so began-though few knew it at the time-the Milagro beanfield war. But like everything else in the dirt-poor town of Milagro, it would be a patchwork war, fought more by tactical retreats than by battlefield victories. Gradually, the small farmers and sheepmen begin to rally to Joe's beanfield as the symbol of their lost rights and their lost lands. And downstate in the capital, the Anglo water barons and power brokers huddle in urgent conference, intent on destroying that symbol before it destroys their multimillion-dollar land-development schemes.

The tale of Milagro's rising is wildly comic and lovingly tender, a vivid portrayal of a town that, half-stumbling and partly prodded, gropes its way toward its own stubborn salvation.

John Nichols (1940–2023) was the acclaimed author of the New Mexico trilogy. Beginning with the publication of The Milagro Beanfield War, which was adapted into a film by Robert Redford, the series of novels grew from regional stature to national appeal, from literary radicals to cult classics. Beloved for his compassionate, richly comic vision and admired for his insight into the cancer that accompanies unbridled progress, Nichols was also the author of a dozen novels and several works of nonfiction. He lived in northern New Mexico.
Product Details ISBN: 9780805063745
ISBN-10: 0805063749
Publisher: Holt Paperbacks
Publication Date: February 15th, 2000
Pages: 464
Language: English
Series: The New Mexico Trilogy

“Gentle, funny, transcendent.” —The New York Times Book Review

“A work of genius . . . Hilarious.” —Newsday

“Transcendentally profound, also achingly funny . . . Like a wonderful poem, or a great restaurant.” —Los Angeles Times Book Review

“An epic scope, a wide-screen background, a large and varied cast of charming eccentrics and truly rotten villains.” —The Washington Post

“Deserves to be both widely read and profusely honored . . . A great, big, wonderful book.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer

“One of the most compelling novels I've read in a long time . . . As timeless as it is timely.” —Chicago Tribune Book World