They didn't care whther the authorities wanted it or not. Not only were you able to visualize what he was writing about, but you were also able to feel what his family went thru to survive. This novel questions religious authority, and the pedestal on which Mexicans sometimes placed Americanos on. In Los Angeles, Sal Castro, a schoolteacher, leads the largest high school student walkout in American history, demanding that Chicano students be given the same educational opportunities as Anglos. The main point that Rain of Gold taught me was that you should never take your family for granted. It's shameful how poorly Mexicans were treated, es Rain of Gold is the quintessential Mexican-American novel.
He is careful to warn the reader in his foreword of the ubiquitous presence of miracles and discussions of the devil and God as movers in the narrative: they were perceived as real forces in the lives he is describing, so there was no other way to tell their stories. You really feel for all the characters, even when they do stupid things as it serves to make them very real. When in motion, these colors together can look like fire, symbolizing the fire of the Holy Spirit which comes to purify us. I saw Victor Villasenor speak, and he said that as a child, he always assumed his grandparents were making the stories up, since they were so far-fetched, however after returning the Mexico and following their stories, he came to find out they were true. That's when the story of Juan and Lupe come together and take some twsit and turns. Juan Juan Salvador Villaseñor, the author's father, also endures a harrowing experience with his family in Mexico during the revolution, and they too flee to America. Lupe is devastated, and becomes attached to the colonel's military jacket.
In the United States, however, Juan struggles to help provide for his family and his mother Doña Margarita, even going so far as to commit crimes to provide food. I'm reading it for my book club and ugh! The war and revolution that occured in Mexico was so bad that families had to flee in order to save their lives. The greatest immigrant story I have ever read. Juan's family has been uprooted from their village and now struggles to survive everyday and find food. Invited to pastor a black holiness church in Los Angeles in 1906, Seymour opened the historic meeting in April, 1906 in a former African Methodist Episcopal church building at 312 Azusa Street in downtown Los Angeles.
People jeopardize many things in order to have and provide a better future for their loved ones. The song expresses the mood of the love between two main characters and brings attention to its audience by its soft melodies. The book is not perfect, as other reviewers have noted, but it tells an important story that is shared by so many immigrant and refugee families. Their success could determine the growth of the United States in the twenty-first century; however their failure, contributing to an underclass, could also pull this country down. Lupe's father had gone to the lowlands to find work, and it is becoming more and more dangerous for the family in the lonely, almost deserted village. The movement is ignited when farm workers in the fields of California, led by César Chavez and Dolores Huerta, march on Sacramento for equal pay and humane working conditions.
Oh, why did this have to end? I am in love with Villasenor's family and so happy to have the author share his family's legacy with me. Victor's two parents Juan and Lupe are the closest of either mother's sons or daughters, and both learn tremendous amount of knowledge and life experience from their mother's teachings. But it will also show you love and redemption, strong family ties and kindheartedness as well as all things good that make us humans. I remember listening to this audiobook many years ago and recently a friend of mine reminded me of the book, so I got it from the Library again. He went on to write Thirteen Senses: A Memoir 2001 , a continuation of Rain of Gold. I'm not sure how you do that.
His family decided to cross over to the United States because they were starving to death. This book opened my eyes to the importance of telling, recording and sharing my own stories. One of my favorite quotes in the book gives a glimpse of what parenthood means. Yay, more work for Edward James Olmos! It was touching to read about two families striving to survive during a war and in the end come together. La lluvia de Oro was a very quiet and peaceful village. This book sounds like one of those stories Mexican grandmothers tell their grandchildren.
You really are what you think. It's a bit long and looks like a text book at first glance with black and white photos This is a wonderful story, made that much more impressive simply by the fact that it is the true story of the author's family. In Mexico it takes place in La lluvia de Oro, Chihuahua and Los Altos de Jalisco, Jalisco. All things considered, this book is not at all like the caca it often mentions. Villasenor is an impressive writer who pulls a reader into the story immediately! She was also very tall for a Mexican girl. When the revolutionaries finally do come and burn their houses, kill many of the men and boys, and rape the women, Lupe's mother writes to her father, Don Victor Gomez to come home immediately and take them away. Juan Salvador knew exactly where to employ his talents.
The book read so smoothly, with elements of humor, faith, and one of my favorites, history. It is a heartfelt family saga telling the stories of both sides of the family going back to the Spanish Conquistadors in Mexico and eventually ending up in California. The culture, the choices, the reality of our life is all in there. The latter a pious woman brought up under strict religious laws of her mother Dona Guadalupe. Most of all though, it was filled with such truths that it's almost impossible for someone to be unable to connect with this book.