March to the Monteria
By (author) B. Traven
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March to the Monteria by B. Traven
Book DescriptionMarch to the Monteria is the third of B. Traven's six Jungle Novels, set in the great mahogany plantations (monterias) of Mexico in the years before the revolution. Here Traven relates the life of Celso, a young Indian whose only goal is to earn enough pesos to purchase a bride. He works two years on a coffee finca, but when he returns home he must hand over his money to ladinos who claim his father has a debt to them. Celso then goes off to work two years in a monteria-but he is such a good worker that he is thrown in jail on a trumped-up charge to assure that he will stay. When he is bailed out by the labor agent, he heads off for a term of debt-slavery in the monteria, from which, it is clear, he will never return. Having already forfeited his life, Celso has nothing to lose and takes his vengeance on agents and overseers. As in the other Jungle Novels, Traven traces the beginnings of consciousness which ultimately led to the Mexican Revolution and the overthrow of the Diaz regime.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781566630467
(202mm x 159mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Ivan R Dee, Inc
Publisher: Ivan R Dee, Inc
Publish Date: 1-Feb-1994
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author B. Traven
Trozas, Paperback (August 1998)
This first English translation of Trozas, the fourth of Traven's legendary Jungle Novels, brings to completion his epic of the birth of the Mexican Revolution. "A fine and powerful novel...stark in its drama, steamy in its setting, acidic in its irony, relentless in its narrative thrust."-Alan Ryan, Washington Post.
Cotton-Pickers, Paperback (February 1995)
Set in Mexico in the 1920s, this picaresque tale of a laconic American drifter overlays a powerful study of social injustice. "Great storytellers often arise like Judaic just men to exemplify and rehearse the truth for their generation. The elusive B. Traven was just such a man."-Book World.
Rebellion of the Hanged, Paperback (August 1994)
The fifth of Traven's Jungle Novels, depicting a revolt by long-oppressed workers in the great mahogany plantations, and culminating in a treacherous march through the jungles at the height of the rainy season. "Traven is a riveting storyteller."-Philadelphia Inquirer.
Bridge in the Jungle, Paperback (August 1994)» View all books by B. Traven
Regarded by many as Traven's finest novel, The Bridge in the Jungle is a tale of how a desperately poor people come together in the face of death. Traven never allows an iota of sentimentality to enter his story, but the reader finishes the book with renewed faith in the courage and dignity of human beings.
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Author Biography - B. Traven
The mysterious B. Traven (1890-1969) was born in Chicago, spent his youth in Germany as an itinerant actor and revolutionary journalist, became a seaman on tramp steamers, settled in Mexico in the early 1920s, and began recording his experience in novels and stories. In the United States his best-known novel is The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.
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