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By Amy Elizabeth Smith

"An illuminating insight...fascinating."—Amanda Grange, bestselling writer of Mr. Darcy's Diary

"A trip via either a actual panorama and the geography of the human center and mind...delightfully enjoyable and infrequently deeply relocating, this e-book reminds us that Austen's world—and her characters—are greatly alive."—Michael Thomas Ford, writer of Jane Bites Back


With a suitcase packed with Jane Austen novels en español, Amy Elizabeth Smith trigger on a yearlong Latin American event: a touring e-book membership with Jane. In six exact, unforgettable international locations, she accumulated book-loving new friends— taxi drivers and lecturers, poets and politicians— to learn Emma, experience and Sensibility, and Pride and Prejudice.

Whether sharing hen beer with Guatemalans, becoming a member of the group at a Mexican boxing fit, feeding a horde of tame iguanas with Ecuadorean childrens, or tangling with argumentative booksellers in Argentina, Amy got here to benefit what Austen knew all alongside: that we're now not constantly talking an analogous language— even if we're conversing an identical language.

But with precise Austen intuition, she may possibly realize while, abruptly, she'd came upon her personal Señor Darcy.

All Roads result in Austen celebrates the simplest of what we adore approximately books and revels within the excitement of sharing an excellent book— with reliable associates.

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In A Seditious Life 25 1890, after paying for the surveying and appraising of 580 acres, 123 Q’eqchi’s lost their land to Erwin Dieseldorff, who outbid them in a public auction. 26 In 1888, ninety-seven Alta Verapaz Mayans owned farms large enough to be considered fincas, or plantations. In 1930, the number dropped to nine. 27 The simultaneous growth of the state and spread of coffee capitalism caught Q’eqchi’s in a pincer movement. On the one hand, an expanding government bureaucracy put all of its local expressions—department prefects, police, military, jails, telephones, telegraphs, roads, judges, and mayors— to the task of ensuring a labor force for coffee planters.

Plantation residence exempted Q’eqchi’s from sundry taxes and military conscription, while money earned from cash advances from planters helped subsidize family and community life in a new cash economy. But things were different. Q’eqchi’s attachment to their land was now governed not by the bonds of everyday life and the needs of survival but by the vicissitudes of a global market, the caprices of a predatory state, and the ties of the law. Great investments of time and money put into obtaining titles could rapidly be lost to corrupt government agents or in public auctions.

In 1944, only five Latin American countries —Mexico, Uruguay, Chile, Costa Rica, and Colombia—could nominally call themselves democracies. 5 Dictators toppled throughout Latin America, and governments extended the franchise and legalized unions. To varying degrees in different countries, urbanization, industrialization, and population growth had created an emerging middle class and urban working class that joined with students, intellectuals, and in some cases a militant peasantry. Such coalitions generated both the demands for democratic restructuring and the social power needed to achieve it.

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