A Beauty That Hurts: Life and Death in Guatemala

Description

161 pages
Contains Maps, Bibliography
$19.95
ISBN 0-921284-98-5
DDC 972.8105'2

Publisher

Year

1995

Contributor

Reviewed by Ronald N. Harpelle

Ronald N. Harpelle is an assistant professor of history at the
University of Manitoba.

Review

One of the things that visitors to Guatemala often notice as the sun
begins to set is the mounting terror in the eyes and actions of its
people. This book provides insight into why so many Guatemalans fear for
their lives. The author mixes modern Guatemalan history with his own
vignettes and personal accounts of people who have suffered through
Latin America’s longest-running undeclared civil war. As he tours
Guatemala, Lovell takes the reader into the heart of this country under
siege, where the horror of a repressive social system and the farce of
government are exposed.

A Beauty That Hurts is designed for a broad audience, but it stems from
an academic interest in the land and indigenous people of Guatemala.
Unlike Lovell’s other books, this one is a personal account, a
readable, often painful exposé of everyday life in a country torn by
centuries of racial and civil strife. The book is suitable for classroom
use.

Citation

Lovell, W. George., “A Beauty That Hurts: Life and Death in Guatemala,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed July 13, 2024, https://cbra.library.utoronto.ca/items/show/1675.