The Line Becomes A River

The Line Becomes A River

For Francisco Cantú, the border is in the blood: his mother, a park ranger and daughter of a Mexican immigrant, raised him in the scrublands of the Southwest. Haunted by the landscape of his youth, Cantú joins the Border Patrol. He and his partners are posted to remote regions crisscrossed by drug routes and smuggling corridors, where they learn to track other humans under For Francisco Cantú, the border is in the blood: his mother, a park ranger and daughter of a Mexican immigrant, raised...

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Title:The Line Becomes A River
Author:Francisco Cantú
ISBN:The Line Becomes a River
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  • Wendy Trevino
    Jan 13, 2018
    This is a book for the #bluelivesmatter & #alllivesmatter crowd. I hate that crowd. from an interview in the San Antonio Express News: "Q. How does the image of the Border Patrol square with your experience? [Cantu]: Agents have been represented as callous, and they have c...
  • Laura
    Mar 02, 2018
    From BBC radio 4 - Book of the Week: Former US Border Patrol Agent Francisco Cantú worked on a remote spot on the US/ Mexican border from 2008-2012. In The Line Becomes a River he recounts how he tracks down an unending stream of men, women and children who risk all for a better life...
  • Bettie☯
    Mar 03, 2018
    BOTW Description: Former US Border Patrol Agent Francisco Cantú worked on a remote spot on the US/ Mexican border from 2008-2012. In The Line Becomes a River he recounts how he tracks down an unending stream of men, women and children who...
  • Diane Yannick
    Feb 20, 2018
    In rating this book, I have ignored a few narrative flow problems that occasionally annoyed me. (You can tell the author is a poet who doesn?t want to be constrained by sequential, focused narrative arcs.) I gave it this rating because this is an important point of view to hear in th...
  • Will Byrnes
    Feb 05, 2018
    ?There are 690,000 official DACA registrants and the president sent over what amounts to be two and a half times that number, to 1.8 million,? Kelly said. ?The difference between (690,000) and 1.8 million were the people that some would say were too afraid to sign up, others wou...
  • Charissa
    Feb 05, 2018
    ?How?s your job, he asked. I chewed an apple, thinking of how to reply. I wanted to tell him that I had reached the point at which I could barely sleep, a point at which my mind had become so filled with violence that I could barely perceive beauty in the landscape around me?. Th...
  • Trish
    Mar 12, 2018
    This book seems too small for all it accomplishes. The quiet watchfulness and introspection of the Prologue tamps down opinion before it develops. We are here to listen, to understand. It is such a quiet read, immediately alert to the tension inherent in a grandson of immigrants polici...
  • Janet
    Mar 03, 2018
    I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. I knew that Cantu was a former Border Agent and also Mexican American so I felt his perspective would be unique and worth examining. Living as I do in Arizona, border and deportation issues are always in the forefront of my mind. Cantu, w...
  • Canadian Reader
    Mar 30, 2018
    Slim and beautifully written, The Line Becomes a River is a powerful, deeply humane piece of nonfiction about the lives of Border Patrol agents and desperate migrants on the frontier between the U.S. and Mexico. This is a hybrid work: part memoir, part meditation, part expository pie...
  • Oki
    Jan 14, 2018
    I don't find the ethics of this book interesting, nuanced, complex, or human. What's being posed here, is the worst that literature has to offer, and is a variation of a genre already used by the cultural propagandists of the so-called "free world." It's a cop-loving dead end of a univ...
  • Ellie
    Jan 29, 2018
    Francisco Cantú studied the US-Mexican border at college and he felt the next step was to work there. He applied to be a US Border Patrol agent despite his half-Mexican mother's misgivings. He would see both sides he argued, and how better to learn about a thing than to experience it ...
  • Booknblues
    Jan 07, 2018
    The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border , the borderline turns into the Rio Grande, I was as intrigued by the title as the topic as I read reviews about books coming out in 2018 and felt that with so much publicity about "The Wall" it was a must read. Upon completion of th...
  • Stephen
    Nov 06, 2017
    thanks to the publishers and netgalley for a free copy in return for an open and honest review found this book very interesting in light of current developments in american politics and history. the author expresses himself as the dehumanisation of the whole process of deportation a...
  • Judith E
    Apr 08, 2018
    I am naively Midwestern and what I know about the US/Mexican border is from news blips. I am basically uninformed. Mr. Cantu's journey from border patrol agent to an advocate for a deported Mexican immigrant is very revealing. He separates the individual experience from the mind numbin...
  • Rebecca Foster
    Apr 09, 2018
    Francisco Cantú was a U.S. Border Patrol agent in Arizona and Texas for four years. Agents tracked illegals using the same skills with which hunters stalk their prey. Once captured, the would-be immigrants were detained, processed and deported. Days in the field were full of smuggled ...
  • Sara Cutaia
    Nov 03, 2017
    This is definitely a book to look for in 2018. Fascinating and gripping, Cantu takes us through the deserts of the south as a Border Patrol Agent, showing us the humanity in the humans he routinely encountered crossing the border. I was blown away with both the emotional depth and the ...
  • Virginia
    Aug 07, 2017
    A refreshingly objective, yet personal look at the US-Mexico Border and the issues it carries. Francisco Cantu served as a field agent for the US Border Patrol and graduated up the ranks, eventually leaving to continue his studies. His perspective as an agent and a citizen as eye-ope...
  • Rebecca
    Nov 19, 2017
    THE LINE BECOMES A RIVER, Francisco Cantú?s fiercely lyrical and eerily prescient debut, could not have come at a more urgent time. As the migration of human bodies across borders becomes more politicized and militarized, Cantú?s writing shines through the misinformation and prop...
  • Jessica
    Oct 08, 2017
    Whilst I was continually intrigued by the premise of this book, and eager to hear from the unique standpoint Cantú speaks from, I?m sorry to say that I felt the first half of this rather dry and detached. Rather like the desert landscape and laddish culture he starts work among. ...
  • Sara
    Jan 28, 2018
    The author tells other people?s stories while directly causing and profiting from their pain. This is a book about his contributions to other people?s suffering that also gives extremely skewed look at life on the border that provides fodder for right wing anti-immigration sentimen...
  • Jaclyn Crupi
    Feb 11, 2018
    This book is so good! Cantú was a US border control agent for four years and ?The Line Becomes a River? is a true reckoning of what he witnessed, did and was implicit in. It?s heartbreaking and so well written! ?I don?t know if the border is a place for me to understand mys...
  • Maureen
    Nov 24, 2017
    *3.5 STARS* Francisco Cantú grew up on the US / Mexican border where his mother, ( a second generation Mexican - American ) was a park ranger. Francisco loved the landscape - the national parks and desert landscapes, and living in close proximity to the border ignited a curiosity i...
  • Taryn Pierson
    Jan 25, 2018
    I was not aware of the controversy surrounding this book and its author when I chose to read it. Had I known how hurtful some would find this book, I wouldn't have prioritized it, and I definitely would have sought out a library copy instead of paying for one. I take the protesters' po...
  • Tara - Running 'n' Reading
    Feb 08, 2018
    A native Texan, I have visited several areas along the Texas-Mexico border: Brownsville/Matamoros; McAllen/Reynosa; Laughlin Air Force Base, near the Rio Grande; Big Bend National Park; and El Paso/Ciudad Juarez. For several years, my father was a partner in a land lease for deer hunti...
  • Montzalee Wittmann
    Feb 27, 2018
    The Line Becomes A River (Hardcover) by Francisco Cantú is a very emotional book. I was angry, depressed, sad, but I don't think I was happy once in the book. The guy of the story, his mother was a ranger and he grew up loving the outdoors and near the border. He has Mexican heritage....
  • Neil
    Jan 15, 2018
    "Some politicians in the United States think that if a mother or father is deported, this will cause the entire family to move back to Mexico. But in fact, the mothers and fathers with the best family values will want their family to stay in the U.S., they will cross the border again a...
  • Conor
    Feb 28, 2018
    This is the story of a Mexican-American who goes to the borderlands to work with border patrol, losing much of himself and his equanimity in the process. As with most first-time authors I read, I tried to find out a bit more about Francisco Cantú. Aside from seeing that he is quit...
  • Roman Clodia
    Jan 14, 2018
    So you see, there is nothing that can keep me from crossing. My boys are not dogs to be abandoned in the street. I will walk through the desert for five days, eight days, ten days, whatever it takes to be with them. I'll eat grass, I'll eat cactus, I'll drink filthy cattle water, I'll...
  • Bookforum Magazine
    Jan 24, 2018
    "I came to think of The Line Becomes a River as an attempt to counter these dehumanizing metaphors. Cantú has written an insistently humane book, or maybe just a human one. It does not presume to be an account of what the border means, or a theory about what should be done about it; r...
  • Meike
    Sep 20, 2017
    "When I was in school, I spent all this time studying international relations, immigration, border security. I was always reading about policy and economics, looking at all these complex academic ways of addressing this big unsolvable problem. When I made the decision to apply for this...