Luis J. Rodriguez's 1993 memoir Always Running (9780743276917) rendered the L.A. gang war scene so vividly that appreciative reviewers compared it to George Orwell's classic Down and Out in Paris and London. Since then, his readers have hoped and waited for a sequel; here, eighteen years later, it is. It Calls You Back is no less powerful than its predecessor. Rodriguez's memoir begins with an account of a final teenage prison stint, but he makes no claim of making a smooth, heroic recovery. Instead, he writes with bracing honesty about his intermittent failure to overcome his drug addictions, raging anger, and connections with the dangerous life that he vowed to leave behind. It Calls You Back possesses a fervent down these mean streets candor that makes us respect its embattled author even more.
It Calls You Back: An Odyssey through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healingby Luis J. Rodriguez
Luis Rodriguez, author of the award-winning and bestselling classic memoir Always Running, chronicles his harrowing journey from a drugged-out gang member to one of the most revered figures in Chicano literature.Hundreds of thousands of readers came to know Luis J. Rodriguez through his fearless classic, Always Running, which chronicled his early life/i>/i>… See more details below
Luis Rodriguez, author of the award-winning and bestselling classic memoir Always Running, chronicles his harrowing journey from a drugged-out gang member to one of the most revered figures in Chicano literature.Hundreds of thousands of readers came to know Luis J. Rodriguez through his fearless classic, Always Running, which chronicled his early life as a young Chicano gang member surviving the dangerous streets of East Los Angeles. The long-awaited follow-up, It Calls You Back is the equally harrowing story of Rodriguez starting over, at age eighteen, after leaving gang life—the only life he really knew.The book opens with Rodriguez’s final stint in jail as a teenager and follows his struggle to kick heroin, renounce his former life, and search for meaningful work. He describes with heartbreaking honesty his challenges as a father, and his difficulty leaving his rages and addictions completely behind. Even as he breaks with “la vida loca” and begins to discover success as a writer and an activist, Rodriguez finds that his past—the crimes, the drugs, the things he’d seen and done—has a way of calling him back. When his oldest son is sent to prison for attempted murder, Rodriguez is forced to confront his shortcomings as a father, and to acknowledge how and why his own history is repeating itself, right before his eyes.Deeply insightful and beautifully written, It Calls You Back is an odyssey through love, addiction, revolutions, and healing.
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The book has a couple of low points but all in all it was a quick read, and keeps you wanting more!! Very good books
Though interesting and a good follow up to Always Running, the writing is full of redundancies and self accolades.