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Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Excellent perspective, honest, fresh and relevant

I have no idea why 'Bill, a professor' or some of the other reveiwers think this book should have been imaginative. This is someone's life, an adult looking back at how his educational experiences changed him on the deepest levels, not a sci fi novel. Rodriguez honors...
I have no idea why 'Bill, a professor' or some of the other reveiwers think this book should have been imaginative. This is someone's life, an adult looking back at how his educational experiences changed him on the deepest levels, not a sci fi novel. Rodriguez honors me by sharing his private family life with me, as well as his beliefs and his fears. Most refreshing is the candid and honest way in which he discusses his own battle with the cruelty and foolish hypocrisy of affirmative action, and his own feelings of guilt for having taken advantage of being 'socially disadvantaged.' I found fascinating the recurring theme of paradox: once you are educated enough to write or speak about the uneducated lower-classes, you are no longer one of them. He is separate from his family because of his education and where it has taken him, because he has 'grown apart' from his parents, not because he hasn't tried hard enough to stay connected. It is a necessary growth, an unavoidable seaparation. The resentment and shame that first generation children feel toward their under-educated and unassimilated parents is perfectly described. Rodriguez uses many threads to weave with poignancy and relevance the tapestry of his life. The parenthetical asides made me feel as though I was inside his head during the writing of this book, making it even more open and intimate, if possible. An excellent insight into history as it affected one man...Berkley student rioting, affirmative action, bilingualism. Don't pass this one up!

posted by Anonymous on November 13, 2006

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

This book is disappointing.

Reading this book in high school and another time in college I know this story like the back of my hand. The story really doesn't go anywhere the author remembers how poor he was though his story. The average person has to really read over the story sometimes twice just...
Reading this book in high school and another time in college I know this story like the back of my hand. The story really doesn't go anywhere the author remembers how poor he was though his story. The average person has to really read over the story sometimes twice just to understand what the author meant in some sections. The overall story lacks creativity, and the excitement that a wonderful story contains. The book isn¿t an overall easy read that engages a reader¿s imagination. It honestly reads like a college freshman¿s autobiography who¿s trying to sound more intelligent by adding more jargon.

posted by Anonymous on September 17, 2005

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  • Posted June 19, 2012

    What Did You Expect Was Going To Happen?

    This book has a very segmented style of writing that is consistent throughout the book, but the author continues to make himself the victim and towards the end not a very likeable character. As you add to your body of knowledge or your worldly experiences the things that you used to do may change, that is life. Richard seems to think that everything should stay the same and that is what makes the book stagnant and where I as the reader find myself yelling at him for wanting everything but having to give up a lot in the meantime. I come from a Hispanic family and while some of the book held truth, it was very hard to find this character sympathetic or likeable really. I am reading this for a class in Cross Cultural Communication and while I am glad that I read the book, seriously what did the author think was going to happen? Things change, things never stay the same unless you live in a buble.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2007

    A reviewer

    I had to read this book as a summer reading project and high school and did not find it captivating once. Rodriguez keeps complaining about his loss of culture and has nothing wonderful or interesting that would make me get pulled into the book. Overall, I found this book a failure and wish I could have read something else instead.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 16, 2011

    Slow going

    Although Rodriguize's topic may hold strong with some... so far chapter one: Aria, is rather unentertaining

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