David E. Stuart

Guaymas Chronicles

1. La Mandadera

2. Zone of Tolerance



Guaymas is a small fishing port on the Sea of Cortez. Stuart spent some of his younger years there around 1970. He was young and inexperienced, and he seems to have been seduced by it, even believing that he could have become part of it by marriage. He doesn't seem cognizant of the exalted status that he, as an American with his time free to spend all day patronizing restaurants and drinking orange crushes in bars, was held. Rather his writing has a definite approbatory nature. Its the same thing you see in Jack Kerouac, and he had learned it from Thomas Wolfe. Stuart romanticizes in order to keep his own experience at a distance.

What does come across loud and clear is that this was a very conservative society, one in which women were divided into two categories. Motherhood was one of the only two options available for women. Those in the second category suffered greatly from being delegitimated, and more often than not they lived very destructive lives.

Both groups of women sought protection from the uncertainties of life by lighting candles in front of icons of the Virgin Mother. Stuart does not seem cognizant of just how much this contributed to their oppression.

Stuart finally decided not to stay. Instead he left for the University of New Mexico where he would be married to an American. But he still stayed long enough to become godfather to a baby girl.

In the later years when Stuart was writing his books, that young woman would be in New Mexico, with Stuart and his wife, studying at the university. Stuart's wife was cognizant of how restrictive Mexican culture was. She talked to the goddaughter about what David Stuart calls, "female empowerment". She promised the young woman that she would buy her a small house, if she would finish college and have no babies before the age of 23.

I would like to write in more detail to David E. Stuart.