The Village by Bing West

By Bing West

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ASIN: B000FC0WBK
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication Date: 2003-02-11
Number of Pages: 400
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In Black Hawk Down, the struggle went on for an afternoon. In We have been squaddies as soon as & Young, the scuffling with lasted 3 days. In The Village, one Marine squad fought for 495 days-half of them died.

Few American battles were so prolonged, savage and private. A handful of usa citizens volunteered to dwell between six thousand Vietnamese, education farmers to guard their village. Such "Combined motion Platoons" (CAPs) at the moment are a misplaced footnote approximately how the battle might have been fought; merely the villagers stay to endure witness. this is often the tale of fifteen resolute younger american citizens matched opposed to 2 hundred Viet Cong; how a CAP lived, fought and died. And why the villagers have in mind them to this day.

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I remember the tahona, the enormous mill or wheel to grind coffee, a stone weighing several tons. It must have taken God and his Apostles to climb the hills of Río Negro with the wheel on muleback. The Hacienda was a mythical place for Mother. She had spent long periods of time there as a little girl. But the house lost its charm when don Andrés Grillasca, Ponce’s mayor, bought it. They say that Luis Muñoz Marín joined his drinking buddies there for a good time. Don Ton Ton also owned Hacienda Albina in the valley of Lajas.

They all looked alike. They had the same long neck, Greek nose, and a strange way of walking as if gliding on water. The people of Mayagüez called my grandfather the Zeus of Guanajibo Abajo, father of the eight Ledas from Olympus. But the swans had their grotesque counterparts in the half dozen gaggling geese that grazed around the house. The ferocious geese attacked any unsuspecting stranger that inadvertently entered the garden, running after him, their orange maws wide open. Rosario Ferré 47 A wall more than twelve feet high surrounded the four acres of land and separated the house from the terrible reality of Puerto Rico at the time.

He was 24 years old and a native of Corsica from the rural Sisco peninsula. He married Monserrate Martínez, daughter of a landowner from the town of Peñuelas. I discovered Estéfano’s story after a visit with the architect Enrique Vivoni, who was director of the School of Architecture at UPR. Enrique was in Corsica and did research on the houses of Puerto Rican Corsicans there. During his stay on Corsica he discovered some letters containing Estéfano’s tragic story. I have a copy of those documents as well as his order of imprisonment.

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