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Still very young and alone with neither income nor skills, Jesusa nearly starves. Experience teaches her toughness. She is also as complex as the political milieu of the Mexican Revolution in which she fought: Poniatowska spent several years learning about Jesusa, and it shows.
However, first person narration yiu an inarticulate protagonist weakens the story, making it a tedious and sometimes obscure read.
Translation might be somewhat to blame for this effect. Jesusa is too complex to be fictional, and her story too poignant, not to engage even the most dispassionate reader.
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