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Cuando era puertorriqueña
     

Cuando era puertorriqueña

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by Esmeralda Santiago
 

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La historia de Esmeralda Santiago comienza en la parte rural de Puerto Rico, donde sus padres y siete hermanos, en continuas luchas los unos con los otros, vivían una vida alborotada pero llena de amor y ternura. De niña, Esmeralda aprendió a apreciar cómo se come una guayaba,
a distinguir la canción del coquí, a

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La historia de Esmeralda Santiago comienza en la parte rural de Puerto Rico, donde sus padres y siete hermanos, en continuas luchas los unos con los otros, vivían una vida alborotada pero llena de amor y ternura. De niña, Esmeralda aprendió a apreciar cómo se come una guayaba,
a distinguir la canción del coquí, a identificar los ingredientes en las morcillas y a ayudar a que el alma de un bebé muerto subiera al Cielo. Pero precisamente cuando Esmeralda parecía haberlo aprendido todo sobre su cultura, la llevaron a Nueva York, donde las reglas —y el idioma— eran no sólo diferentes, sino también desconcertantes. Cómo Esmeralda superó la adversidad, se ganó entrada a la Performing Arts High School y después continuó a Harvard, de donde se graduó con altos honores, es el relato de la tremenda trayectoria de una mujer verdaderamente extraordinaria.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804153409
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/16/2014
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
789,104
File size:
3 MB

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El trabajo de Esmeralda Santiago ha sido publicado por The New York Times, el Boston Globe, el Christian Science Monitor y la revista Vista. Se graduó de Harvard University y obtuvo un MFA de Sarah Lawrence College. Con su marido, el director Frank Cantor, dirije CANTOMEDIA, una compañía de producción de cine. Tienen dos hijos, Lucas e Ila. Este es su primer libro.

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Cuando era puertorriquena (When I Was Puerto Rican) 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LEI ESTE LIBRO EN 3 DIAS NO PODIA DEJAR DE LEERLO ME TRAJO MUCHA NOSTALGIA DE MI NINEZ Y RECUERDOS INVORABLES DE MI BELLA ISLA , RECOMIENDO ESTE LIBRO
JGR47 More than 1 year ago
Excellent. Esmeralda takes you on a journey revisiting the growing up in a proud culture buttressed by the influence or the US slowly creeping into the society. One part of the Island welcoming the new while the other part holding fast to the proud tradition. A great chronicle which merits a must read chronicle.
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Jeany More than 1 year ago
Te cautiva... nos lleva a rememorar nuestraas propias vidas en los campos de Puerto Rico..... y nos hace sentir ke no somos los unikos en sentirnos dividos entre 2 naciones.... yo tambien me sinto ke alguna vez fui Puertorriquena
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I give 5 stars, not because I was necessarily challenged in weighty intellectual 'profundities' (as a criticthat I've read has stated), but simply because the quality of story-telling (at least in the Spanish version) is insurpassable. I was able to see right into the heart of Esmeralda's thinking. She was almost always eloquent beyond her years; at first I thought that this wasn't accurate for a girl of her age; but in retrospect, I think that the author knew this beforehand and realizes that her character is indeed representative of the many children or tíneyers who are absolutely brilliant but are perceived to be not so bright because of a spoken language. I would like to find out if this was a subtility that she wanted to communicate. With that said, my favorite aspect of Esmeralda's eloquent subtilities is her honest, authentic anger towards haughty and egotistical people. I believe that E. Santiago was intending also to disfrazel the machista haughtiness that existed in Po'rico. I wanted to reach into the story and punch her Papi in the face. What a pig! I grieves me to think that such a man really existed! Another thing, the move to New York, wonderfully contrasted with Macún - and the innocence of perceiving the jews, italians and blacks throught the eyes of a sweet girl with no prejudices - a brilliant girl indeed! How was she able to dislodge herself from all of the enticements of having prejudices so quickly formed? The best part of the entire novel - a definite tear-jerker - is the rapid dénouement punched at me (the first sentence of the epilogue). I didn't expect it; it had sort of a Great Expectations twist there at the end; if there were ever a movie based on this story, I think that that would be the brilliant finish of the story. The human spirit inside of each of us hopes and believes: 'Un día de estos, un día de estos.' We all relate so well with Esmeralda that I strongly suggest that this book be included in ethnic-american/hispanoamerican classes and reading circles. This is a must. It's already been successful at Pittsburg State University (KS) with Greg Brown and Dr. Edmée Fernández; try it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful story. It not only teaches you how the people in Puerto Rico's mountains lived. But how they tried there best in their lives, sometimes. Is an honor that Esmeralda Santiago is a ''Puertorriqueña''.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Esmeralda, captivates the readers with her peculiar narritive child voice. Her memories are vivid and exiting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For any Puerto Rican transplanted to the US mainland this is a must read. Esmeralda writes in a deliciously colorful language. She is a truly gifted writer. I am proud to be Puerto Rican like her.