By Scott Zesch
Scott Zesch’s novel, Alamo Heights, is a fictional account of the conflict to maintain the Texas landmark. greater than easily a ebook on background, it's a tale concerning the humans in the back of the occasions. each one personality has a hidden schedule: Rose Herrera, the nature in keeping with de Zavala, desires to defend the Alamo as an emblem of her historical past. to take action, she needs to struggle a corrupt legislator, a robust jap syndicate, and her former friends.
Alva Carson Keane, Herrera’s companion, protects the Alamo from an jap lodge corporation so as to erect a monument to her cattle-baron father. The struggle among Keane and Herrera springs from a false impression in regards to the origins of the warehouse, a conflict of egos, and mysterious occasions of their households’ past.
The women’ conflict additionally represents a bigger clash among the Anglo and Hispanic cultures. Zesch’s novel addresses the assimilation of Tejanos in a racially divided, more and more Anglo kingdom. Herrera won’t let Keane and her allies to wreck the Alamo and make a mockery of her tradition via development a monument to the farm animals barons, a gaggle of people that overran her background and her relatives. compelled right into a nook by way of her strong enemies, Herrera needs to make a few drastic offerings to avoid wasting the previous convent.
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The one she entered was the sacristy, where Mrs. Dickinson and the Mexican women had huddled during the two-hour battle. From there, Rose passed through a low door into the adjacent Hugo & Schmeltzer warehouse. It was not part of the state property. But to her, although the building was now used as a grocer's storeroom, it was still the convent of the Alamo. She claimed a right as official custodian to enter it. The long stone corridor was lined with whiskey crates and smelled of mildew. She felt her way to the main warehouse, where cracks in the shutters admitted thin shafts of light from the plaza.
Madame Guenther shrugged. "I sleep in a chair these days. I have trouble lying down. " "We should go inside anyway. " "Don't worry," said Madame Guenther. " "My God. " They started toward the chapel. "You have the markings of education, even intellect," said the artist, as if surprised. This time Rose wasn't sure if she was more offended or amused. "How kind, Madame Guenther. " For the first time the other woman seemed embarrassed. "Mrs. Herrera, you can see that I am not kind. Neither am I intentionally cruel.
Then she turned and walked quickly in the opposite direction, through the hotel lobby, brightly lit and bustling with bellhops, past the mahogany reception desk and potted palms and out the front door. Antonio's powerful people could go to hell. She needed to visit her grandfather. Page 25 6 The solitary figure in burgundy silk passed by the open windows of the billiards room, strolling alongside the queue of carriages and automobiles on Alamo Plaza. Little of Mexico, even less of Spain, was still visible in the plaza.