Book presentation: “Hazme el Milagrito” (Make Me the Miracle)
By Karla Ortiz
Last Friday, November 16, Guadalupe Cevallos Almada, a communications graduate, presented her book Hazme el Milagrito at Casa de Europa México.
Her book aims to spread the wisdom and ingenuity in México’s oral tradition. Her book discusses popular sayings, the eloquent phrases Mexicans use to talk about a person’s beauty, the way Mexicans pay tribute or flatter—as the author says, “making love with words.”
Similarly, one of the book’s objectives is to reawaken in younger generations an interest in older generations’ ways of speaking to each other, to make young people aware of the old-fashioned use of compliments and turns of phrase as an intelligent, genteel way of human interaction—courtly and a little old-fashioned, perhaps, but very Mexican.
The book is a rich, traditional summary of Méxican culture, a work of art from cover to cover. It’s written in a light and easy way with colorful hints of humor and love. Its pages are made of luxuriously heavy-weight paper, and the book features a lovely illustration. Each of the compliments or sayings is illustrated with a photograph alluding to it, accompanied by a reflection.
Contemporary women are not convinced by cursilerías (cheesy affectations), which can even bore them and make them repudiate the piropeador (person making a flirtatious or amorous comment). They also don’t like sexual and macho insinuations because they are too close to sexual harassment, which offends a woman’s dignity,” said Cevallos. She firmly agrees that those sort of badly-conceived compliments are indeed offensive and vulgar, derived from machismo and misogyny and not from the appreciation of something beautiful in the other.
Perhaps the best way to get across the nature of Hazme el Milagrito is to let some of the book’s sayings and compliments speak for themselves:
Even the woman most in love gets tired of giving everything for a man who gives her nothing.
To the virgin of love, on my knees, I ask you to love me as much as I love you.
I’m going to give you a mirror because what’s beautiful after you is your reflection.