Days of Obligation
An Argument with My Mexican Father
Narrated by Michael Anthony / 8 hours 14 minutes
In a series of ten essays spanning the five centuries of history, from Cortes' conquest of Mexico to San Francisco's AIDS epidemic, Rodriguez explores the conflicts of race, religion, and cultural identity for Mexican-Americans across the landscape of his beloved California. Rodriguez positions Mexico and the United States as moral rivals-Mexico wearing the mask of tragedy; the United States, the mask of comedy. By the end, however, we come to recognize a historical irony: the United States is becoming a culture of tragedy, while Mexico is reveling in youthful optimism. The two nations are trading roles.
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