Into the Beautiful North

by

Luis Alberto Urrea

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El Brujo, Vampi’s newfound boyfriend, was a metal musician who came to America with the dream of becoming famous. When he arrived, however, he discovered that nobody wanted to hire an undocumented Mexican musician who didn't speak English. Eventually, he got a job in a diner, which is where he's been working for six years. Vampi immediately falls in love with El Brujo when she notices he's wearing a tee shirt for her favorite band, the 69 Eyes.

El Brujo Quotes in Into the Beautiful North

The Into the Beautiful North quotes below are all either spoken by El Brujo or refer to El Brujo. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Borders and Ownership Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Little, Brown and Company edition of Into the Beautiful North published in 2010.
Chapter 32 Quotes

"Please? The sign say six thousand pounds of dog. Of the pradera!"

The woman said, "Oh. The big giant prairie dog." She leaned forward. "It's a lie. It's made of cement."

[…] Tacho went out to the minivan and massaged his forehead.

Nayeli jumped in and said, "Just in time."

She was baffled when he announced, "It is all a cruel illusion."

Related Characters: Nayeli (speaker), Tacho (speaker), El Brujo (speaker)
Page Number: 303
Explanation and Analysis:
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El Brujo Character Timeline in Into the Beautiful North

The timeline below shows where the character El Brujo appears in Into the Beautiful North. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 22
Disillusionment and Idealization Theme Icon
Female Friendship vs. Romance Theme Icon
...smiles at Vampi, who breathlessly tells him she's a vampire. Later that evening, the man, El Brujo , picks Vampi up. He takes her to a hill where many cars filled with... (full context)
Borders and Ownership Theme Icon
Disillusionment and Idealization Theme Icon
El Brujo had been a guitarist for a metal band but came to the US when it... (full context)
Chapter 23
Borders and Ownership Theme Icon
Disillusionment and Idealization Theme Icon
...Yolo, Atómiko, and Matt get back to the duplex, Vampi and Carla are grilling, and El Brujo is engaged in a game of Guitar Hero with the neighbor. Yolo tells Vampi they... (full context)
Chapter 24
Disillusionment and Idealization Theme Icon
...pulls into the lot, driven by a terrifying man covered in "devil tattoos." The man, El Brujo , approaches Tacho and gives him the password: Yul Brynner. (full context)
Chapter 25
Borders and Ownership Theme Icon
Racism Theme Icon
At Matt's house, El Brujo fries beans and meat and Tacho blasts disco music. Atómiko sits outside, smoking, drinking, and... (full context)
Disillusionment and Idealization Theme Icon
Female Friendship vs. Romance Theme Icon
...shirt off and jumps in with her, and Carla explains that Vampi is off with El Brujo , and Matt and Yolo are inside. Nayeli steps inside and calls for Yolo but... (full context)
Chapter 26
Racism Theme Icon
Disillusionment and Idealization Theme Icon
Male vs. Female Heroism Theme Icon
...greets them in the lobby with kisses, though she slaps Tacho. She notices Atómiko and El Brujo outside and asks what they are, and before Nayeli can respond, Irma mutters about drug... (full context)
Disillusionment and Idealization Theme Icon
Male vs. Female Heroism Theme Icon
Back at the hotel, Irma is incensed: Vampi promised El Brujo control of the cinema one night per week, and Angel wants a mechanic's shop. She... (full context)
Chapter 31
Disillusionment and Idealization Theme Icon
Male vs. Female Heroism Theme Icon
Female Friendship vs. Romance Theme Icon
...the Deputy Mayor of Tres Camarones. Yolo and Vampi sit with Irma as well, and El Brujo and Atómiko act as security guards. Matt and Angel sit in the corner, and Matt... (full context)