The Guaymas Chronicles
Vol. 2, Zone of ToleranceBook - 2005
David Stuart's critically acclaimed first volume, The Guaymas Chronicles: La Mandadera (Southwest Books of the Year 2003, Albuquerque Alibi best book of 2003), told a little girl's story and a very personal tale of love set in Guaymas, Mexico, a fishing port and vacation destination located on Mexico's Sea of Cortez, about four hundred miles south of Tucson. Zone of Tolerance, is about the "big girls" of the 1970s Guaymas night club district and the conflicting needs, wants, realities, and illusions at the core of the viejas' ("working" girls') lives.
Stuart focuses on the exotic fallen angels of the once fabled Club Río Rita in Guaymas's Zona de Tolerancia (red-light district). Moving, funny, and at times tragic, the layered dimensions of their world are mesmerizing. He also continues the stories of his working class friends and compadres in Guaymas, some closer to him than his stateside family. Their struggles with life on the streets provide a rich and uplifting counterpoint to daily life in the Zona.
Zone of Tolerance is important, not only for its human and historical context, but precisely because it is a snapshot of a long-gone, little known slice of Mexican life. In this volume, as in the first, Stuart brings his unique perspective to bear on people seldom written about and a world rarely revealed.
Zona de Tolerancia is the red-light district of Guaymas, a Mexican fishing port and vacation destination on the Sea of Cortez about 400 miles south of Tucson, and it is there in the 1970s that Stuart (anthropology, U. of New Mexico) focuses in his second volume of memoir about the town. He explores the needs, wants, realities, and illusions in the lives of the working girls. The first volume is a little girl's story and a tale of love. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)