The Old Gringo

The Old Gringo

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"The Old Gringo tells the story of Ambrose Bierce, the American author, soldier, and journalist, and of his last mysterious days in Mexico living among Pancho Villa's soldiers - particularly his encounter with one of Villa's generals, Tomas Arroyo, as well as with a spirited young American woman named Harriet Winslow. In the end, the incompatibility between Mexico and the United States (or paradoxically, their intimacy) claims both Bierce and Arroyo, in a novel that is, most of all, about the tragic history of these two cultures in conflict."--Publisher description
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007
Edition: Farrar, Straus and Giroux pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780374530525
Branch Call Number: FIC Fuentes, C 2007
Characteristics: 199 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Peden, Margaret Sayers - Translator
Alternative Title: Gringo viejo. English


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Feb 07, 2014

"The old gringo came to Mexico to die." The old gringo is American author Ambrose Bierce, best known for his Civil War stories and "The Devil's Dictionary." In 1913, he left for Mexico and was never seen again. Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes's imagines what happened to Bierce during his Mexico period, where he gets mixed up in the Revolution and with an American woman living down there. Pancho Villa has a cameo. You'll definitely appreciate this more if you're familiar with Bierce's writing. Later made into a film with Gregory Peck as Bierce.


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