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    Muy Recomendable! I Loved it!

    Libro asombroso y conmovedor, no solo por la honestidad de las palabras de su autor; si no, por su lenguaje directo y audaz. Me parece un libro necesario para entender la sociedad en la que vivimos, donde un ser humano es definido según el lado de la frontera donde haya nacido. Espero con muchas ganas nuevos libros de John Dennehy!
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    Compelling

    In Illegal, journalist John Dennehy takes readers on a guided tour of the precarious border crossings he took shortly after the reelection of George W. Bush. One such crossing ended with his deportation back to the United States from Ecuador. And yet he was driven to sneak back into that country by a blinding love, and a life that often seemed--and would often prove--too good to be entirely true. His decision to live outside the US was the result of his many brushes with an uptick in nationalism there, including getting beaten up by a mob in the streets of New York because he dared protest the lead-up to the Iraq War. Illegal is narrative journalism and autobiography that goes by quickly at about 200 pages. But Dennehy uses his own story as a lens through which to address issues much larger than himself. It's not just self-indulgent travel porn. In a very self-aware, earnest way, he asks big questions. Is it possible to maintain your most deeply held beliefs and goals in the face of bruising reality? If goods are allowed to cross borders freely, why can't people (with the minimum amount of necessary security in place)? Are people who they are or are they who we perceive them to be and who they present themselves as? At the outset of Illegal, Dennehy is a recent college graduate with a robust set of ideals. As the story progresses he doesn't lose them but they are tempered. One gets the sense that were the story to begin with an older, more mature Dennehy, he might have been able to get close to anticipating the very mess his country is in now.
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    Thought-provocking

    My (surprise) favorite book of 2017. This book showed me a perspective of not just borders, but life and idealism, that I had never before considered. Highly recommended.
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    Phenomenal read!

    A phenomenal read! Not only is this book full of adventure and suspense, but Dennehy offers a thoughtful snapshot into the political landscape of Ecuador through his own raw experiences. His opposition to the United States involvement in foreign affairs and war pushes him to leave the country and start over in Ecuador. Here he finds himself in a number of precarious situations that leave him questioning the revolution and purpose of immigration policies. This book was both captivating and informative, challenging me to critically examine everything I know about borders. The relevance of this book in the current climate cannot be overstated. Illegal was one of my favourite reads this year and I highly recommend it.
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    Honest, thought-provoking read

    The self-awareness and honesty truly makes you feel everything the author is feeling throughout this story. It's a fascinating look at both the broader ideas surrounding revolutions, governments and borders, and the more personal side of struggling to make a place home when you feel your own home doesn't share your ideals any longer. I finished feeling both eager to set out for a new place and simultaneously frustrated by all that a passport represents. Great read.
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