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The Milagro Beanfield War

NICHOLS, John

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ISBN 10: 0030122414 / ISBN 13: 9780030122415
Published by Holt, Rinehart and Winston, New York, 1974
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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First Edition (so stated) of the third novel by the author of The Sterile Cuckoo and the first book of The New Mexico Trilogy. Original black cloth-covered boards, square and tight (likely never read), about Fine, with minor smudges to the top and bottom edges; in a Near Fine pictorial dust jacket (not price-clipped) with several nicks to the tip and toe of the spine and two small triangular chips to the back panel. Basis for the 1988 film of the same name, directed by Robert Redford and starring Christopher Walker and Sonia Braga. Note: With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. Bookseller Inventory # BB0171

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Title: The Milagro Beanfield War

Publisher: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, New York

Publication Date: 1974

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: First Edition, as stated.

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Joe Mondragon, thirty-six, is a feisty hustler with a talent for trouble, who slammed his battered pickup to a stop one day, tugged on his gumboots, and marched into an arid patch of ground. Then, illegally, he tapped into the main irrigation channel. And so began John Nichols' classic tale of the little guy against the big guy -- THE MILAGRO BEANFIELD WAR.

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Joe Mondragon, thirty-six with not much to show for it, a feisty hustler with a talent for trouble, slammed his battered pickup to a stop, tugged on his gumboots, and marched into the arid patch of ground. Carefully, if impulsively (and also illegally), he tapped into the main irrigation channel.

And so began -- though few knew it at the time -- the Milagro beanfield war. But like everything else in the dirt-poor town of Milagro, it would be a patchwork war, fought more by tactical retreats than by battlefield victories. Gradually, ever so awkwardly, the small farmers and sheepmen begin to rally to Joe's beanfield as the symbol of their lost rights and their lost lands. The tale of Milagro's rising is wildly comic and lovingly tender, a vivid portrayal of a town that, half-stumbling and partly prodded, groped its way toward its own stubborn salvation.

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