Reflections on a Puerto Rican Life: Benjy Lopez: a Picaresque Tale of Emigration and Return

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Hailed as a "masterpiece" in Newsweek magazine by Yale art historian Robert Ferris Thompson, the life history of Benjy Lopez is now available in an expanded edition which includes Benjy Lopez's return and life in Puerto Rico as a successful businessman. This engaging autobiographical account is a pioneering vision exposing the half-truth that the typi-cal experience of the ordinary Puerto Rican, particularly of the Puerto Rican transposed to New York City, is exclusively defined by priva-tion, fear, prejudice, ...
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Overview

Hailed as a "masterpiece" in Newsweek magazine by Yale art historian Robert Ferris Thompson, the life history of Benjy Lopez is now available in an expanded edition which includes Benjy Lopez's return and life in Puerto Rico as a successful businessman. This engaging autobiographical account is a pioneering vision exposing the half-truth that the typi-cal experience of the ordinary Puerto Rican, particularly of the Puerto Rican transposed to New York City, is exclusively defined by priva-tion, fear, prejudice, and culture shock. In so doing, Barry B. Levine successfully combats the myth of the victimized immigrant, proposing a picaresque sociology that acknowledges an actor's agency even under the most difficult circumstances.
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Editorial Reviews

Newsweek
Wonderful.
NWIG Reflections on a Puerto Rican Life
Reflections on a Puerto Rican Life: Benjy Lopez: A Picaresque Tale of Emigration and Return is the new expanded edition of Barry B. Levine's well-known Benjy Lopez, a landmark in Puerto Rican emigration studies.
Times of the America
Interesting and refreshing
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558764842
  • Publisher: Wiener, Markus Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2009
  • Pages: 209
  • Sales rank: 1,390,080
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Barry B. Levine, Florida International Uni-versity, was for twenty years the editor of Caribbean Review, and authored several books including "The Caribbean Exodus," and "The New Cuban Presence in the Caribbean,".
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