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Only the Best/Solo Lo Mejor    by Adrienne Avila & Leslie Pockell order for
Only the Best/Solo Lo Mejor
by Adrienne Avila
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Warner, 2005 (2005)
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

In their Introduction (which is provided in both Spanish and English, as are all hundred quotations) Avila and Pockell tell us that they dedicated themselves to 'honoring Latino heritage and celebrating the multitudes of people and perspectives that have contributed and continue to contribute to this rich and diverse culture.'

Sayings are gathered into groupings, from 'Life As It Is, Life As It Should Be' to (what else?) 'Love'. I especially like Gabriela Mistral's 'You should be the one who kicks the rock off the road'; Adolfo Bioy Casares' 'I think my love for life I owe in part to my love for books'; 'Learning to doubt is learning to think' by Octavio Paz; Pablo Neruda's 'They can cut down all the flowers, but they cannot stop the spring'; and Isabel Allende's 'How can one not speak about war, povery and inequality when people who suffer from these afflictions don't have a voice to speak.'

For those who enjoy the concise wisdom in quotations as much as I do, Only the Best/Solo Lo Mejor is a delightful small volume, whose authors remind us that 'ultimately, to be Latino is to experience a passionate existence'.

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