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Barrio Boy Rudolf Steiner

Barrio Boy

Rudolf Steiner

Published August 31st 1991
ISBN : 9780833508218
Hardcover
275 pages
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Barrio Boy is the remarkable story of one boys journey from a Mexican village so small its main street didnt have a name, to the barrio of Sacramento, California, bustling and thriving in the early decades of the twentieth century. Galarzas sagaMoreBarrio Boy is the remarkable story of one boys journey from a Mexican village so small its main street didnt have a name, to the barrio of Sacramento, California, bustling and thriving in the early decades of the twentieth century. Galarzas saga begins in Jalcocotán, a mountain village just south of where the Gulf of California joins the Pacific. When the turmoil precipitated by the Mexican Revolution begins to escalate, the family leaves their tiny village in search of safety and work in a nearby city. Subsequent moves introduce the boy to the growing turbulence of the Revolution and the uncertainties of city life. He experiences firsthand the difficulties in finding work in a strife-torn nation, securing an education, and keeping a close-knit family intact. When his family finally settles in Sacramento, young Ernesto encounters new experiences and influences that will forever shape his outlook and broaden his horizons.With vivid imagery and a rare gift for re-creating a childs sense of time and place, Galarza gives an account of the early experiences of his extraordinary life that will continue to delight readers for decades to come.Ernesto Galarza has written a long and vivid memoir of his childhood. The only disappointment in the book is that it does not go on for another couple of volumes to recount its authors rare career in redefining America. —The New York Review of BooksWith its suspense, humor, and occasional sadness, Barrio Boy is splendid reading. —American Anthropologist[A] personal document where historical self-explanation, philosophical self-analysis, and poetic self-expression merge to tell with irony and humor a social story: an individuals participation in one of the grandest migrations of modern times—the influx of Mexicans into the American Southwest. —Diacritics