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The Magic Journey By John Nichols The Magic Journey Boom times came to the forgotten little southwestern town of Chamisaville just as the rest of America was in the Great Depression They came when a rattletrap bus loaded with stolen dynamite blew sky h
  • Title: The Magic Journey
  • Author: John Nichols
  • ISBN: 9780805063394
  • Page: 355
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Magic Journey By John Nichols Boom times came to the forgotten little southwestern town of Chamisaville just as the rest of America was in the Great Depression They came when a rattletrap bus loaded with stolen dynamite blew sky high, leaving behind a giant gushing hot spring Within minutes, the town s wheeler dealers had organized, and within a year, Chamisaville was flooded with tourists and pilgriBoom times came to the forgotten little southwestern town of Chamisaville just as the rest of America was in the Great Depression They came when a rattletrap bus loaded with stolen dynamite blew sky high, leaving behind a giant gushing hot spring Within minutes, the town s wheeler dealers had organized, and within a year, Chamisaville was flooded with tourists and pilgrims, and the wheeler dealers were rich.Spanning forty years, The Magic Journey tells the tale of how progress transformed a rural backwater into a boomtown At first, it was a magic time for Chamisaville almost as if every day were a holiday But the euphoria gradually dissipated, and the land hungry developers, speculators, and interlopers moved in Finally, the day came when Chamisaville s people found themselves all but displaced, their children no longer heirs to their land or their tradition With mounting intensity, The Magic Journey reaches a climax that is tragically foreordained A sensitive, vital, and honest chronicle of life in America s Southwest, it is also an incisive commentary on what America has become on its road to progress.The Magic Journey is part of the New Mexico Trilogy, which includes The Milagro Beanfield War and The Nirvana Blues.
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    1. John Nichols

      John Nichols is the author of the New Mexico trilogy, a series about the complex relationship between history, race and ethnicity, and land and water rights in the fictional Chamisaville County, New Mexico The trilogy consists of The Milagro Beanfield War which was adapted into the film The Milagro Beanfield War directed by Robert Redford , The Magic Journey, and The Nirvana Blues.Two of his other novels have been made into films The Wizard of Loneliness was published in 1966 and the film version with Lukas Haas was made in 1988 Another successful movie adaptation was of The Sterile Cuckoo, which was published in 1965 and was filmed by Alan J Pakula in 1969.Nichols has also written non fiction, including the trilogy If Mountains Die, The Last Beautiful Days of Autumn and On the Mesa John Nichols has lived in Taos, New Mexico for many years.

    393 thoughts on “The Magic Journey”

    1. I believe this is probably my favorite book The book is my favorite because the story reflects my society where I m from the terrain as well is so fitting having been here for 34 years to have seen these exact changes as in john nichols fictional chamisaville There is so much incredible depth amongst the rotation of characters I love the main character April Delaney she s so dynamic as is the lawyer Virgil Lebya both incredible humans I just finished this book a second time and probably will giv [...]


    2. A heartbreaker and fight maker An amazing novel that completely sucked me in Actually, the first time I tried to read it I couldn t get past the first chapter On the second try, while on a trip back to the Southwest, I got into it and couldn t stop reading it Heartbreaking over and over and over true stories of the destruction of the West and long running sustainable cultures of farmers and Pueblo peoples by progress greed and great characters Virgil Leyba in particular has stuck with me, among [...]


    3. I enjoyed both books The Magic Journey The Milagro Beanfield War I could see that what had happened to Chamisaville was happening to my province of Alberta as the oil gas coal real estate interests took over ran the gov t, the economy anyone who needed a job Locals were co opted into doing the right thing for the community , used when they useful to the ruling class, discarded when they had served their purpose, rewarded or punished by those in power, public input requested, manipulated discarde [...]


    4. In this heartbreaking chronicle of life in a small southwestern town, there is a disturbing commentary on where the road to progress has taken America.Because of a freak accident, Chamisaville goes from sleepy backwater to tourist destination town Then the greedy outsiders take over, and the townspeople are on the outside looking in.Chamisaville is drawn from Nichols hometown of Taos, NM, but this is not a regional novel, but a metaphor for life even in the big cities of the US Nichols notes tha [...]


    5. I hoped this book would be as good as Milagro Beanfield War, but it has disappointed.There s all kinds of interesting anthropological type of stuff about all the characters who live in the little town of Chamisaville, but there s no discernable plot or even a protagonist I suppose the community itself could be construed as the protagonist, but it s difficult to relate personally to anyone It reads like a well written news article, not like compelling fiction.




    6. The Magic Journey is a frustrating novel because the last third has so many true character developments rarely written elsewhere But the first half of the novel rarely captured me with the humanity of Milagro Beanfield War The title comes from the development or betterment of Chamisaville The valley was perched on the brink of magic journey 37 A magic journey is also taken by April McQueen, daughter of Rodey McQueen, the land baron set on bettering Chamisaville 79 As families go, so goes the lan [...]


    7. The Magic Journey is the second novel in John Nichols New Mexico Trilogy Although it may have been his intention, the story felt dense and unwieldy, almost as if he d lost his own way through the cynicism and despair that can come with living It was far less humorous and sparkling than The Milagro Beanfield Wars Using the same stunning backdrop of the High Mesa and the indigenous populations of Native Americans and Mexicans, I imagine it told the largely fictional perhaps origination tale of Tao [...]


    8. This is the second book in the New Mexico trilogy and I did enjoy the historical perspective, spanning about 3 4 of the 21st century, into the 1970 s There was the Native American Latino Anglo angle, the agricultural economy passing into the service economy bypassing the manufacturing economy in this locale and, of course, the Capitalist Socialist struggle all intertwined in the plot.The writing had it s moments of near brilliance, but very few, and the characters lacked that personal appeal tha [...]


    9. To be honest,this probably deserves a 5 star rating.The magic journey of Chamisaville and the Chamisa Valley is captivating and thoughtprovoking.The story within the story could have been published separately with the title Scarlet O Hara Does the 20th Century.April may be essential to the story in as much as she becomes the mouthpiece for the peasants to me she is a distraction,hence 3 stars.


    10. 2nd in the New Mexico Trilogy with a vast array of characters notably April McQueen Delaney, Virgil Leyba and host of others Small town and surrounding area loved by locals as it is but greed and progress of Anglo powerbrokers want to change it for their benefit at the cost of its Mexican culture.


    11. Takes place in the same location as the Milagro Beanfield War, but after a few years have gone by It s a little bit sarcastic, desperate, and serious than the first book, but the style stays mostly in tact Just as good as the Milagro Beanfield War, but with a little less time for whimsy.


    12. Though all the books I enjoy do not necessarily have to have a happy ending, I generally enjoy happy books This is not a happy book It s a good book But it s a sad book and I wouldn t say I enjoyed it Though it is worth reading.





    13. A funny and angry book, not as much to my liking as The Milagro Beanfield War but still very worthwhile.


    14. sort of an american Garcia Marquez one of the milagro beanfield war trilogy, funny, gets you caught right up in it


    15. Interesting perspective of the machinations involved in progress Fascinating look at history of the last century in New Mexico, and into relations between Anglos, Indians, and Mexicans.



    16. The second in the New Mexico Trilogy, carrying forth with some of the favorite Chamisaville characters and adding new ones Almost as good as the first book, and just as funny.






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