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How does Menardo rise in status in Almanac of the Dead?

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Menardo has risen to the top of the corporate ladder, becoming president of the Universal Insurance company. His meteoric rise has been accompanied by a gradual abandonment of his indigenous heritage. It's as if Menardo has realized that if you're not white, getting ahead in the corporate world requires downplaying one's racial identity.

Though Menardo describes this process of spiritual alienation from his native heritage, he still willingly...

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