Mexican Hooker #1: And My Other Roles Since the Revolution

Mexican Hooker #1: And My Other Roles Since the Revolution

Carmen Aguirre / Sep 15, 2019

Mexican Hooker And My Other Roles Since the Revolution Carmen Aguirre has lived many lives all of them to the full At age six she was a Chilean refugee adjusting to life as a Latina in North America At eighteen she was a revolutionary dissident married t

  • Title: Mexican Hooker #1: And My Other Roles Since the Revolution
  • Author: Carmen Aguirre
  • ISBN: 9780345813862
  • Page: 413
  • Format: ebook
  • Carmen Aguirre has lived many lives, all of them to the full At age six she was a Chilean refugee adjusting to life as a Latina in North America At eighteen she was a revolutionary dissident married to a generous hearted man she couldn t fully love In her early twenties she fought to find her voice as an actress and to break away from the stereotypical roles thrust uponCarmen Aguirre has lived many lives, all of them to the full At age six she was a Chilean refugee adjusting to life as a Latina in North America At eighteen she was a revolutionary dissident married to a generous hearted man she couldn t fully love In her early twenties she fought to find her voice as an actress and to break away from the stereotypical roles thrust upon her Housekeeper, Hotel Maid, Mexican Hooker 1 all the while navigating the complex paths of lust and heartbreak As she grew in her career, Aguirre became a writer, a director, an actress, and then a mother, but alongside her many multi faceted identities was another that was unbearable to embrace yet impossible to escape that of the thirteen year old girl attacked by one of Canada s most feared rapists Thirty three years after the assault, Aguirre decided it was time to meet the man who changed her life.Fierce, funny and enlightening, Aguirre interweaves her account of overcoming the attack that shook her world with a host of stories of life and love From her passionate but explosive relationship with a gorgeous Argentinian basketball player to the all consuming days at drama school in Vancouver from the end of the Chilean revolutionary dream to life among the Chicano theatre scene of Los Angeles from the child who was made the victim of a terrible crime to the artist who found the courage to confront her assailant, Aguirre tells a story of strength and survival that will leave you speechless.

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    About "Carmen Aguirre"

      • Carmen Aguirre

        Carmen Aguirre is a Vancouver based theatre artist who has worked extensively in North and South America She has written and co written twenty one plays, including Chile Con Carne, The Trigger, The Refugee Hotel, and Blue Box Her first non fiction book, Something Fierce Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter, was published in 2011 by Douglas McIntyre in Canada and Granta Portobello in the United Kingdom and is now available in Finland and Holland, in translation Something Fierce was nominated for British Columbia s National Award for Canadian Non Fiction, the international Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non Fiction, was a finalist for the 2012 BC Book Prize, was selected by the Globe and Mail, Quill Quire, and the National Post as one of the best books of 2011, was named Book of the Week by BBC Radio in the United Kingdom, won CBC Canada Reads 2012, and is a number one national bestseller Aguirre has than sixty film, TV, and stage acting credits, is a Theatre of the Oppressed workshop facilitator, and an instructor in the acting department at Vancouver Film School She received the Union of B.C Performers 2011 Lorena Gale Woman of Distinction Award, the 2012 Langara College Outstanding Alumnae Award, and has been nominated for the Jessie Richardson Theatre Award, the Dora Mavor Moore Award, and the prestigious Siminovitch Prize Aguirre is a graduate of Studio 58.


    124 Comments

    1. So I received this book from First Reads and it was a compelling read. I always find memoirs difficult to rate and review however because they contain such personal and subjective stories. I have to say that Carmen Aguirre's story is extremely brave and inspiring. But the fact of the matter is that the book is not well written, rambling descriptive passages and overuse of metaphors just destroyed the writing for me. A lot of her references also lacked context so I felt very lost at times and wa [...]


    2. An incredible memoir about rape foremost, but also exile, being a revolutionary, becoming an artist, and finding your voice. Rape is like war, it keeps on happening, there's no escape--but Carmen Aguirre finds a way to not allow being raped at 13 to completely destroy her. Hers is a heart breaking and important book.This. "By then I had mastered my dual existence of mainstream Canadian life and Chilean political refugee life. The two rarely met, although each informed the other. Like train track [...]


    3. Well, I am "kind of" finished.ly I am just giving up because there are too many other books I really want to read and this one is taking me too long to finish. I had really high hopes for this book, and it started out really well. The writing was beautiful, thoughtful and funny. I loved her memoirs about her time as a Chilean revolutionary, and in particular the historical element of the book (she talks a lot about the Chilean coup and the Nicaraguan Sandinistas). She also details her early life [...]


    4. This was an incredibly powerful, heart wrenching and heart warming, intimate book about how Carmen Aguirre dealt with the after effects and the long term impact of a brutal rape as a child. It was immensely brave, honest and revealing, she doesn't pull any punches. There were many parts where I cried for that 13 year old girl. The way the police and doctors treated her was horrifying. Aguirre's life story is fascinating and unique, but its skillfully written and takes you into her astonishing wo [...]


    5. This book exceeded all expectations. The writing is beautiful and succinct. The themes run consistently throughout the story till the end. And the content was so raw and revealing that I felt real joy when Carmen triumphed and tears welling up when there was loss. Her life, as she described it, seemed so messy but full of living. I wish I could tell her that I only wish my own life would be just as full and meaningful. I'm surprised at the negative reviews tbh. This was one of the best books I'v [...]


    6. After meeting the author at a book signing/women's author event I purchased this book. Having from the author herself I decided to give it a shot. Although I normally never read biography type books I found this honestly funny, sad and relevant all at the same time. Was worth the read!



    7. You simply have to read this brutally honest account of someone who has lived enough lives for four people. As the dust jacket promised I was astounded into silence - until now.



    8. The events that have shaped Aguirre’s life are staggering and her reaction to these events even more so. The works needs more Carmen.



    9. The book really showed the author's resilience and was a window into the difficulty of being a survivor of sexual abuse.



    10. I was thrilled to receive this book as a Goodread's giveaway since I'd read Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter, with my Nanaimo CFUW Women's Issues Reading Group in March 2013. This book filled in so many of the spaces left out in her first memoir. I'm so pleased that Ms. Aquirre was able to put herself through all the emotional soul searching to write these missing parts of her incredibly difficult life to this point. My wish for her is that the worst is over and that she can [...]


    11. This is a very difficult book to rate. The first thing that stroke me was how much of the author's childhood memories have been coached by her parents or family. The amount she remembers before leaving Chile at 6 isn't credible. Or to say it differently, she might remember important things for her age then, like the humiliation of pooping herself when she was 4, but not all the lovey-dovey feelings attached to her great love for her 20-year old crush.The same thing applies for her revolutionary [...]


    12. 3.5 stars. I suspect I would have had a difficult time following Carmen Aguirre's second memoir had I not read her earlier memoir, Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter: it is very non-linear and refers frequently to the background described in her first memoir. Even having read the first one some years ago it was still challenging to orient myself and try to remember what she was referring to. Nonetheless, this second volume was a worthwhile and very interesting read. Aguirre wr [...]


    13. I read this one before reading "Something Fierce". However Something Fierce focuses on her life in South America, while this one focuses on her life in Canada. Remembering that her life in Canada began as a child refugee and goes up to her life as an adult. The author's actions as a child, then a young adult make for a fascinating tale of endurance and dealing with true evil people in her life, and then cultivating bravery as a theatre student, actor and writer. The author's life as a teenager w [...]


    14. What are you willing to do, how far are you willing to go, what are you willing to give up for something you believe in.? p204CA has proven once again that she is capable of doing whatever it takes.If it took me a while to catch up with her in this rambling memoire won me over with her willingness to reinvent herself, to get up and start over from an awareness of humiliation and defeat, as circumstances demanded, without giving up her ambitions.The way out of inertia was to apply a force to it. [...]


    15. I received Mexican Hooker#1 in a giveaway and am very thankful. Having previously read and enjoyed Something Fierce I was looking forward to more of the same. I was therefore surprised when the beginning of the story was a relatively quick overview of the author's time spent in Chile and Argentina during the heinous Pinochet era. Initially I wanted more of this book to be about her adventures in the Southern Hemisphere but realized there was a totally different story to be told. Without giving [...]


    16. I found often found the book difficult to connect with as a reader. The narrative snakes through so many of her experiences and roles - political resister, childhood rape survivor, emigrant, cousin, lover, person of colour, Latina, wife, drama student - that I found myself wishing that an editor had helped focus and direct it a little more. And to cut some of the tangential anecdotes. And to reduce the amount of text dedicated to what the memoirist was wearing at any given moment.Yet, I came awa [...]


    17. First off this book is largely about her dealing with the trauma of her childhood rape, but she handles it with delicacy, and I think that is a large part of what makes it seem challenging and interesting. A lot of it is seemingly unbelievable, in this way that real lives often are when earnestly spoken. There is so much thought about identity, processing trauma, being an artist and making political art and making effective autobiographic art, which are some of the most interesting and important [...]


    18. I had to read this book in small chunks to be able to digest it all. Definitely some content warnings must be given. carmen puts all her cards on the table, lays bare her soul and i need time after each brief sojourn to cry and to absorb the highs and lows she so eloquently and somehow within that eloquence, very bluntly rolls out to you. The structure brings you into different ages and aspects of her life seemingly randomly at first, but soon you realize how each era and story folds back and fo [...]


    19. This book took a lot of courage and bravery to write. An eye opener for me and learning experience, as I knew very little about revolutionary dissidents. It amazed me though how much traveling she does between Canada and US. She obviously had to develop a very tough shell in order to survive all her hardships and trials and tribulations. We do discover her weaknesses, which she honestly portrays in this memoir. Thank you for giving me this opportunity to read this copy which I received from .


    20. Read an advanced readers copy. I might enjoy this more had I read her first memoir before. Something about the way her prose & stories are compiled made the book difficult to follow at first. I hope there's some rearranging before the final copy. Still, Carmen displays dark humor, insight & resilience in exploring her childhood, complex identity and dealing with the fear & violence surrounding her life & the lives of her loved ones. FYI there is a pretty detailed exploration of h [...]


    21. I found this book to be a bit uneven. The parts that were good were exceptional. It was a non linear memoir that seemed to skip all over. Aguierre has a very vivid, descriptive and strong writing style.The parts that were the most poignant and moving were the parts that dealt with Aguierre's rape and the aftermath of the rape. I also appreciated learning about her experiences as one of the only Latino theatre artists in Vancouver.


    22. A courageous memoir by a deeply courageous woman passionate about social justice and the transformative power of stories and art. Carmen's story reminded me of the importance of being true to oneself and the deep value of looking inward through the many travails we face and the power of revolutionary healing and transformation. I especially enjoyed reading about her work with indigenous youth in BC and her compassionate and insightful treatment of sexual victimization. Loved it!


    23. I won this book from .I went back and forth on this one and it took a long time to finish. The subject matter is dark and she went through so much but she does add lightness and humour to it which I don't think I could do. The subject matter was interesting and it is crazy to think that this is a memoir and not fiction. I did find it hard to follow at times because it wasn't linear.


    24. I found Something Fierce compelling; this somewhat less so, but still excellently written. Very interesting and searingly personal in light of my other readings and discussions about how trauma is stored in the body, solidarity with refugees in Canada, and the criminal justice system.


    25. Read this straight after Something Fierce - it illuminates all the dark corners of Carmen Aguirre's first, compelling memoir and brings the story straight up into the present. It will leave you breathless and in even more awe of this great woman who is also a fabulous writer. Highly recommended.



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