Richard Vasquez [PDF Kindle ePUB] Chicano: A Novel
Some complain about the melodramatic plot twists and particularly the ending but it seems to me that the over the top brown versus white characterizations actually pay homage to narrative structures in Mexican popular culture rather than fitting the plot to the demands of the Anglo reading public of the dayThis is the story of a Mexican family that escapes the violence of the Mexican Revolution in the beginning of The 20th Century But As Mexican Am This Is I 20th century but as Mexican Am this is i a realistic picture of the lives of an immigrant family in california very disturbing ending again realistic
This is one of the longest books I ve read in Spanish but is one of the longest books I ve read in Spanish but was so gripping that I got through it uicker than I would have expected The original is actually in English but I like reading novels in Spanish translation just for some Spanish practice The prose style is absolutely dazzling this guy can REALLY write His writing is that rare prize spare and elegant yet full His descriptions of the southern California countryside are so vivid you can not only picture it but smell it taste it and touch it Yet he shows not tellsSo you may wonder Why only two stars instead of four or five Because it is unremittingly unforgivingly grim This has to be one of the most depressing books I ve ever read The father character who s the main focus of the book is to my taste at least not likeable in the least and one of the few characters whom I did actually like ends up doing something awful even if understandable and meets a tragic end Augh Yeah yeah I now the author s making a statement but by the end of the book I felt like I d been punched in the gut nocked down and then run over by a Mack truck I knocked down and then run over by a Mack truck I like I d been punished and abused which is perhaps what the Chicano author wanted to achieve I can see the reasons for his rage and fury but to me it all felt so over the top hopeless by the end I felt so pounded and battered that instead of inducing me to share his righteous indignation it just made me want to go numb to go away somewhere and wash the bad taste out of my mouth I loved the story of the first three generations of the Sandoval family The first half of this book would get 5 stars The struggles each generation went through to give each of their families a new life better than the one they themselves had had was fantastic We start with Hector who starts out in a city in Mexico named Trainwreck When his 11 yr old son Neftali is forced to join the Revolutionary War the family is devastated Neftali is gone for a day before he goes AWOL returning to his family Hector then makes the decision to go to California both to try a new life and also because he nows the soldiers will be back very shortly to Das Fnfte Flugzeug kill Neftali and the rest of the familyThe Sandoval family discovers that life in California is no easier than it was back in Mexico They have to suffer the abuses and prejudices of land owners who take advantage them and cheat them of wagesNeftali grows to be a man and decides to try a new life in Irwindale He buys his own home has a good job starts his own family Hisids also grow up and start forging their own destinies each branching out away from Neftali One of his sons Pete becomes successful in the construction business but is blind to the problems his own 1 kids Mariana and Sammy haveThis is where the book went downhill for me I wish we could have stopped at the third generation Once we got to Mariana s and Sammy s stories the author went into listing every stereotype he could think of some that I felt were either exaggerated or untrue David a white college student who is doing a study on Sammy about underprivilegedids dropping out of highschool starts to fall for Sammy s sister Mariana Mariana starts exposing David to the Mexican culture but in doing so she spews so many inaccurate and counterproductive statements to David about what her people and culture are about I was so mad while reading this This part almost seemed like I was reading a different book and author from what I first started The white people in the book see th. A bestseller when it was published in 1970 at the height of the Mexican American civil rights movement Chicano unfolds the fates and fortunes of the Sandoval family who flee the chaos and poverty of the Mexican Revolution and begin life anew in the United StatesPatriarch Hector Sandoval works the fields and struggles to provide for his family even as he faces discrimination and in. .
He same fate Reading Part One of Chicano by Richard Vasuez was
both an informative and somewhat humbling experience for me As someone who an informative and somewhat humbling experience for me As someone who in Colorado for nearly a decade and graduated from the University of Northern Colorado situated in Greeley a city with an established multigenerational Hispanic population I thought of myself as someone who is reasonably well aware of Hispanic issues needs and concerns for a white guy I was vaguely aware of the term Chicano as a variant of Hispanic or Latino but learned that I hadn t really understood the term when I read the excellent Forward to Chicano by Ruben Martinez The context that Martinez provided in the Forward to Chicano helped me to conceptualize the book and ultimately made Vasuez s work much meaningful to me Chicano is set mostly in LA and follows four generations of a fictitious Mexican American family as they struggle to find success in California The social issues that Vasuez raised in Chicano remained unresolved forty three years after the publication of his work Chicanos are at the heart of present day political arguments over immigration policy potential amnesty for some undocumented immigrants border security access to government services such as health care and public education and the expression of nativist sentiments by anti immigrant individuals and organizations In Part Two of Chicano Richard Vasuez continues his narrative of the Sandoval Mendez Salazar family This second half of the novel opens in the 1940s As in the earlier chapters Vasuez tells hard truths about race gender and labor in the United States through the vehicle of the narrative that he crafts which has some parallels to his own life experiences and family history Sociology major David Stiver an Anglo from Illinois receives an assignment from his professor to approach a hard case dropout Mexican American Samuel Sandoval of East LA When Stiver visits their home Sammy s parents Pedro Pete and Minerva welcome him but the culture clash simmers under the surface It soon becomes evident that Sammy is not interested in David s idealistic academic rehabilitation project and that David is interested in developing a relationship with Sammy s twin sister Mariana The interactions between the two become a window on racial interactions at the time that still feel authentic forty three years after the novel s publication As David and Mariana get to now each other she repeatedly prods him to be honest while he inadvertently offends people even though and perhaps because he is preoccupied with avoiding potentially embarrassing situations Mariana explains the Spanish translations of the nicknames assigned to friends and relatives including Poca Luz little light a club footed cousin Cojo someone who limps an uncle called Cacarizo scar face because of the disfiguration caused by smallpox and a deformed friend called Jorobado hunchback Davi From the PublisherA bestseller when it was published in 1970 at the height of the Mexican American civil rights movement Chicano unfolds the fates and fortunes of the Sandoval family who flee the chaos and poverty of the Mexican Revolution and begin life anew in the United StatesPatriarch Hector Sandoval works the fields and struggles to provide for his family even as he faces discrimination and injustice Of his children only Pete Sandoval is able to create a brighter existence at least for a time But when Pete s daughter Mariana falls in love with David an Anglo student it sets in motion a clash of cultures David refuses to marry Mariana fearing the reaction of his family and friends Mariana pregnant with David s child is trapped between two worlds and shunned by both because of the man she loves The complications of their relationship speak volumes even today about the shifting sands of racial politics in AmericaIn his foreword award winning author Rub n Mart nez reflects on the historical significance of Chicano s initial publication and explores how cultural perceptions have changed since the story of the Sandoval family first appeared in print. Use of the man she loves The complications of their relationship speak volumes even today about the shifting sands of racial politics in AmericaIn his foreword award winning author Rubén Martínez reflects on the historical significance of Chicano's initial publication and explores how cultural perceptions have changed since the story of the Sandoval family first appeared in prin.
review Chicano: A NovelE Mexicans as their personal special project all the while thinking of them as inferior people and rude in their ways I wanted to yell at the author for painting such a horrible picture of Mexicans and passing it off as common stereotypes What happened Vasuez started telling us a wonderful story but seemed like once David entered the story he had to make apologies for how his people are The ending was horrible and only made me even mad that the book had gone in such a downhill direction ending was horrible and only made me even mad that the book had gone in such a downhill direction m not uite sure how to rate this book For the first half I was loving this wanting to recommend it to everyone The second half or at least once we enter the DavidMariana story was a struggle to finish It was a struggle to not be furious at the author I wanted to throw the book at the wall every time a stereotype was mentioned or every time the Mexican teenaged girl was going to open the eyes of the college aged white boy but instead was only an opportunity to create stereotypes In the end the fact that Mariana was okay with becoming the sacrificial lamb so that the white boy s life would not be tainted by scandal and bad choices was so disheartening for me as a reader I wish I could pretend this second half of the book did not exist I don t now what to rate this I think everyone should read the first half of this The second half I d have to give 2 stars and that being on the generous side Overall I ll have to give this 35 stars Loved this book and the history it showed thru out the family line in Los Angeles A poignant compelling novel that paints a history of Chicanos in the US by following one family through the decades Vasuez himself a descendant of Mexican immigrants shows us the dignity of migrant laborers without romanticizing their strugglePrior to writing Vazuez held myriad odd jobs including fruit picking and other field work Eventually he found his way into journalism and spent many years documenting Latino issues for Anglo publications This life experience and journalism background seeped into his works of fiction The prose of
Chicano is simple and fast moving and the novel itself is a uickis simple and fast moving and the novel itself is a uick However the simple prose is deceptive I flew through hundreds of pages in a day only to be hit by the profundity of the tale as soon as I put the book down The story line is not complex but the message is Vazuez does not shy away from charged topics such as class warfare racism on the part of Anglos and Mexicans or sexual violence He makes the book easy to read so it is possible to visit all of these heady topics without detracting from plot character development or entertainment value This is a terrific novel for nearly any reader Lovers of fiction will appreciate Vazuez s lovely prose and superb character development History buffs and armchair sociologists will get lost in the sweeping story of indigenous struggle conuest colonization immigration migrant labor and finally assimilation The writing is easy to follow so young readers would not be overwhelmed However the story is compelling enough to hold the attention mystery lovers and other plotcentric readers I picked up a copy of this book on indle during the banned books sale 2015 I had not previously heard of it but I was particularly interested in learning a little about racialethnic cultures other than my own I think on this level at least superficially this book succeeds in exposing me to differencesas well as surprisingly many similaritiesThe novel itself is pretty generic It spans 4 generations of the Sandoval family In my head I have casually characterized it as a Mexican Peyton Place Very episodic and dramatic with tragedy affecting all of th It was a uick and painless read The prose was straight forward and simple Since this was a multigenerational story many characters were briefly sketched then left in the proverbial dust as the story moved onto the next generation The book opens with the metaphorical train of progress rolling down the tracks through the dangerous canyons of the ignorant past and hopelessly wrecking Every character suffers Justice Of his children only Pete Sandoval is able to create a brighter existence at least for a time But when Pete's daughter Mariana falls in love with David an Anglo student it sets in motion a clash of cultures David refuses to marry Mariana fearing the reaction of his family and friends Mariana pregnant with David's child is trapped between two worlds and shunned by both beca. ,