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Posted April 18, 2003
I loved this book!
This book is not only highly readable, but it also really struck a chord with me because I know firsthand something about the two cultures she writes about. I was born in exactly the part of Wyoming Arana describes (Hanna to be precise) and also because as an adult I have traveled to Peru several times and have many close friendships with Peruvians here in the United States. I think this book would have universal appeal, but would be of special interest to anyone with a bi- or multicultural experience. I have recommended it to my daughter not only so that she can gain more understanding of my Finnish-American experience but also because it will give her a greater perspective on her bi-cultural marriage (her husband is from India) and the effects it will have on her children.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 14, 2002
Fascinating study of Multi-Culturalism
Arana writes a non-fictionalized account of her own childhood that reads like a novel. With a Peruvian father and American mother, Arana spent her early years as a 'Peruana'. At the age of 12, she moved permanently to the United States. Arana vivdily describes the conflicts in her parents' marriage and her own status as a 'mongrel' child of two cultures. Her fascinating personal story is told against the historical backdrop of the political climates in South America and the United States during the 1950's and early 60's.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.