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by Bonnie A. Dilger

eBook Guatemala: Blood In The Cornfields download ISBN: 1413764924
Author: Bonnie A. Dilger
Publisher: PublishAmerica (May 23, 2005)
Language: English
Pages: 270
ePub: 1833 kb
Fb2: 1783 kb
Rating: 4.4
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Category: History
Subcategory: Americas

Details (if other): Cancel. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Guatemala: Blood in the Cornfields. by. Bonnie A. Dilger.

Bonnie's second book Forgive me if I Don't Cry is a collection of poems.

Carlita and Eric Montross talk to accomplished writer, humanitarian and friend Bonnie Dilger, in Santiago, Lago Atitlan, Guatemala  . Bonnie has lived in Guatemala since 1973 after first arriving in El Salvador, Bonnie tells her story of how she became witness to gross human rights attrocities inflicted upon the indigenous Mayans of Guatemala, her memoirs can be read in her first book Guatemala:Blood in the Cornfields, She was personal witness to the governmental atrocities when the military regime sent its soldiers.

Select Format: Paperback. ISBN13:9781413764925. Release Date:May 2005.

Explore historical records and family tree profiles about Bonnie Dilger on MyHeritage, the world's family history network. Bonnie Jean Laisney (born Dilger) was born on month day 1926, at birth place, New York, to Harry A. Dilger and Alma W. Dilger (born Ferguson). Harry was born on May 12 1894. Alma was born in May 1895.

Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy is the third book from University of Michigan historian Heather Ann Thompson. It provides the first complete history of the Attica Prison uprising of 1971 and details not only the. It provides the first complete history of the Attica Prison uprising of 1971 and details not only the events of the week-long uprising and its brutal ending, but also the protracted legal battles that persisted for decades after the event.

She was trying to scare me, because behind the cornfield was a train track in which trains barreled through . A spray of blood splatters across the stalks.

She was trying to scare me, because behind the cornfield was a train track in which trains barreled through daily, threatening to destroy anything in their path. And if that wasn’t enough, just beyond the train tracks was the Mayo River that tempted children with its cool, appetizing water ready to engulf them in its mesmerizing currents. I am standing in the middle of the cornfield beneath a black starless sky. The moon is full and hangs low on the horizon.

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The night was warm and black on this August evening. The masters of the houses were sleeping inside of their homes blissfully. Seven slaves squat around a fire as they make plans and schemes of how they would be able to taste freedom, their dark skins veiling them in the good night as they sung their songs under the moon above. How they would be able to escape from their captors and take their families elsewhere, somewhere much safer

This story-a first-person, present-tense narrative-begins in El Salvador and culminates in a Guatemalan pueblo, Santiago Atitl¡n, inhabited by the Naturales, Guatemala's Indians. The story takes the reader through one of the most repressive and turbulent eras in Guatemala's history, beginning in 1973 through 1994* when the Peace Accords were signed by the ruling government and the United Guerrilla Party of Guatemala (URNG) in neighboring Mexico. Through a series of episodes, sometimes humorous, but more frequently tragic, the author learns that there are really two Guatemalas-the Guatemala presented to the tourists in the pretty travelogues, and the real Guatemala, where disease and poverty abound, where repression is at its worst in the Western Hemisphere. The governmental abuses are intended to keep the "status quo" intact and to prevent any possible uprising within the country, but as with all abuses of repressive regimes, the terror inflicted on the Guatemalan citizens have resulted only in continuing chaos. While walking down the scenic path of Panajachel, the lake's leading tourist town, the author discovers that she, too, has somehow been made an enemy of Guatemala. *The Peace Accords signed in 1994 were a political failure, and it was not until December 29, 1996, that the ruling government, its military and the guerrillas reached an agreement to end the conflict which will greatly determine whether Guatemala will be able to know a real peace without further blood-spilling in her cornfields.
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This book enchanted me through its pages as I followed the American author through her time spent in Guatemala. Dilger's astute writing creates an intimately familiar country, even for someone who has never traveled there, and moves you to care about its fate.

Though her initial intention of visiting Guatemala was to find adventure, the writer finds herself in a changing country headed toward crisis. Centered mostly in Lake Atitlan, the capitol of Mayan nations, Dilger's story is spirited by the colorful indigenous culture and the shifting world around it. Multiple histories weave together and allow for an understanding the political undercurrents at work without boring us with a lesson. At the intersection of the Mayans, the Guatemalan government, aid workers, missionaries, tourists, and American Intervention, Dilger finds her own truth as a Christian, sometimes in conflict with other Christian leaders, following her heart even in the most difficult of circumstances. Her tale is delightful in its description of landscape and people, and yet it delves into the struggles of all humanity. It is an important work that documents a time in Guatemala that should never be forgotten and will always be relevant.
Ms. Dilger's book "Guatemala; Blood in the Cornfields" is an acount of seduction, passion and true love. A traveler and a poetess, Ms. Dilger begins her adventures as an anchorless voyager looking for a place to arouse her personal muse. However, the heightened sensiblity that only a simmering revolution can evoke, changes her unformed intention into a destiny; becoming the voice for a disenfranchised people.

As Ms. Dilger guides the reader through this politically unstable third-world landscape, she reveals the pulsing heart of her host country. Her anecdotal experiences and factual accounts informs the reader about an opressed society worthy of respect. Ms. Dilger's ability to transform from traveler to friend, allows her to experience first-hand the plight of the indigenous people, making her a worthy advocate for the camposinos.

As an American and a school teacher in the Los Angeles School District I have my own personal experienes with Guatemalan aliens. Ms. Dilger's book, written with true love and compassion, has deepened my understanding and respect for these people. I highly recommend reading this book.
In trying to make sense of conflicting historical perspectives, nothing beats a personal, first hand account of events. Ms Dilger's memoir is both a riveting, white knuckle telling of the violence in Guatemala,and America's complicity in the genocide,and equal part funny, warm, love story and gentle clash of cultures. As the author gets her bearings in Guatemala and learns to live in harmony with the indigenous Mayas, unbeknownst to her, the civil war is heating up, and she eventually finds herself on one of the infamous death lists for the crime of trying to save the lives of her fellow villagers. This is a tale of an American we can be proud of--an ordinary citizen who, when faced with extraordinary circumstances, rises to the occasion and meets the overwelming challenges with courage and dignity. A great read for all, and in particular, those interested in Central American history.
I had the honor of meeting Bonnie Dilger while staying at her families posada in Santiago Atitlan. As soon as we met, I knew that she possesed the strength of character and a beautiful, learned wisdom I was seeking. In an all too brief series of moments, we shared our history and love of the local culture. In short, our personal politics and belief in indigenous peoples freedom from tyranny and respression matched. She had told me about a book she was writing on the history of Guatemala and the local area. I was really excited to read it.

Little did I know that the book she was referring to was "Blood in the Cornfields". Bonnie's poetic and insightful nature drips from the pages. The colorful texture and context which she has given the issues between the Guatemalan people it's government makes this book a riveting read. The basic tenants of this book has distinct similarities with many other nations that repress and decimate it's local, indigenous cultures.

Bonnie's inherent spirituality and soulful nature continues to believe that the people of Guatemala will ultimately prevail over the dictators that have hitorically enslaved them. I am honored to have met Bonnie and read this important book.

This is a very important book for anyone who believes in peace and justice for the wonderful people of Guatemala.