The Line of the Sun

The Line of the Sun

by Judith Ortiz Cofer
     
 

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Set in the 1950s and 1960s, The Line of the Sun moves from a rural Puerto Rican village to a tough immigrant housing project in New Jersey, telling the story of a Hispanic family's struggle to become part of a new culture without relinquishing the old. At the story's center is Guzmán, an almost mythic figure whose adventures and exile, salvation andSee more details below

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Set in the 1950s and 1960s, The Line of the Sun moves from a rural Puerto Rican village to a tough immigrant housing project in New Jersey, telling the story of a Hispanic family's struggle to become part of a new culture without relinquishing the old. At the story's center is Guzmán, an almost mythic figure whose adventures and exile, salvation and return leave him a broken man but preserve his place in the heart and imagination of his niece, who is his secret biographer.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Puerto Rican emigres try to adapt to life in the U.S. while maintaining island culture in a Spanish-speaking tenement. ``Though weakened by clumsy plotting, arbitrary shifts in points of view and sometimes pedestrian prose . . . Cofer's novel paints a colorful, revealing portrait of Puerto Rican culture and domestic relationships,'' said PW. (May)
Library Journal
This first novel by an accomplished poet flavors the U.S. immigrant experience with a hint of magical realism. The story of Guzman, black sheep of a Puerto Rican village, is here told by his assimilited niece. Adventurous from childhood, the wild youth is ostracized because of an affair with a notorious older woman whose reputation as a spiritist does not save her from the wrath of righteous neighbors. Heading for New York and the American dream, Guzman wanders for more than a decade until he confronts his island roots in a violent, resonant denouement. A shaky transition between the novel's two main sections is offset by well-realized characters and vibrant depictions of Puerto Rican folk culture. Recommended.-- Starr E. Smith, Georgetown Univ. Lib., Washington, D.C.
Booknews
Puerto Rican-born author Cofer's first novel, set in the 1950s and 60s, moves from a rural Puerto Rican village to a tough immigrant housing project in New Jersey, telling the story of a Hispanic family's struggle to become part of a new culture without relinquishing the old. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820313351
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Publication date:
04/01/1991
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
450,353
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.68(d)

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