Murder City by Charles Bowden: A Short Review

I was working in the Rio Grande Valley this month and late one night I found on HBO a series that caught my attention–“Witness: Juarez.” http://www.hbo.com/documentaries/witness-juarez/synopsis.html During this unsettling film devoted to photojournalism, one scene was of Charles Bowden reading from his book, Murder City. cheap albion gold I decided I had to have the book, so I ordered it that very day. Bowden’s book is disturbing. His analysis needed by anyone who wants to know what’s really going on south of the Rio Grande. The tone and the resulting reader emotion reminded me of the horror encountered when I first read Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. Bowden immersed himself in Juarez, in the suffering of its people, in the lives of certain key characters he uses to frame his story. We follow those who have been traumatized by violence, reporters who have been silenced by fear or death, law enforcement officers who themselves are often victims, assassins, priests, charity workers, and some who have devoted their lives to helping the people of the border. NIKE TANJUN His book contains a message that America needs to know.

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    cheap albion gold As Bowden says, “There are some things that if learned change a person forever. Andrelton Simmons Baseball Jersey buy albion gold You cannot know of the slaughter running along the border and remain the same person” (137). MLA Entry Bowden, Charles. albion silver Murder City: Ciudad Juarez and the Global Economy’s New Killing Fields. Georgia State Panthers Jerseys New York: Nation, 2010.

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