Kazraramar Fiercely proud of his heritage, he nonetheless absorbs the culture and ethos this strange world called the United States. When he returned to California, he worked to gain rights for farm workers. How does the author develop the main conflict that the protagonist rejects her culture and wants to be more American? Subsequent moves introduce the boy to the growing turbulence of the Revolution and the uncertainties of city life. The author develops the central idea by conveying how scared the young boy was when he enrolled at the school b.
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I was interested to find a different definition of the term chicano and also I was interested to read about the struggle for work and how that struggle for work drove the family to head north to Sacramento, California.
I hope to add this book to my proposed Latino Lit course for the Spring term. But the author shared way too many insignificant details that made the book a long read without so much substance. The minute details of the areas, the homes, and every other aspect made it way too tedious.
I wanted to get to the meat of the story, but by the time he arrived in the US, I was done. The details took over the facts of the story. Feb 19, Susie rated it it was ok I felt the book was lopsided. I wanted to know what life was like in the US, and then hear about Mexico by way of comparison. I much preferred Of Beetles and Angels or even the fictional account of immigration in Dragonwings. I felt the book was lopsided.
The journey of an immigrant can be soo difficult but yet colorful. Oct 23, Linda Doyle rated it really liked it One thing that struck me as I read Barrio Boy is how a writer must have a phenomenal memory--or a well-documented journal--to write an autobiography. Galarza describes the village he lived in as a boy and everything else he comes across as he and his family struggle to escape the Mexican Revolution and come to settle in Sacramento, California.
But these detailed descriptions are also the problem with this otherwise important book. While the author recreates in great detail the daily life in the One thing that struck me as I read Barrio Boy is how a writer must have a phenomenal memory--or a well-documented journal--to write an autobiography. While the author recreates in great detail the daily life in the villages and later in the barrios where he grew up, there is less emphasis on the emotional significance of his experiences as a refugee and later as an immigrant.