Through a Portagee Gate

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Through a Portagee Gate is both an autobiography and a biography. It gives a remarkably honest self-portrait and an endearing tribute to the author’s father, a Portuguese immigrant cobbler who came to America in 1915. The narrative reveals a deep desire to escape the confines of the immigrant, ethnic world, while also acknowledging a keen nostalgia about one’s past, a need to remember and recognize those who came before. Felix accomplishes this through unforgettable dialogue and vivid characterizations worthy of ...

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Overview

Through a Portagee Gate is both an autobiography and a biography. It gives a remarkably honest self-portrait and an endearing tribute to the author’s father, a Portuguese immigrant cobbler who came to America in 1915. The narrative reveals a deep desire to escape the confines of the immigrant, ethnic world, while also acknowledging a keen nostalgia about one’s past, a need to remember and recognize those who came before. Felix accomplishes this through unforgettable dialogue and vivid characterizations worthy of Steinbeck—a prose sometimes poignant, at other times hilarious that strips human experience to its bare and powerful elements.

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“Through a Portagee Gate is the story of two men told with novelistic brilliance. Passionate, witty, full of anger, but leavened with equal amounts of hope, it is the most moving biography I’ve encountered in years–and one of the most remarkable autobiographies.”—Llewellyn Howland III, author of The New Bedford Yacht Club: A History

“Reading much like a novel, with its rich detail and emotive content, Through a Portagee Gate offers a profound look into the Portuguese immigrant psyche and the evolution of a post–industrial city.”—Donald Warrin, author of So Ends this Day: The Portuguese in American Whaling 1765–1927 and Land as Far as the Eye Can See: The Portuguese in the Old West

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780972256148
  • Publisher: Tagus Press at UMass Dartmouth
  • Publication date: 11/30/2004
  • Series: Portuguese in the Americas Series , #2
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 484
  • Sales rank: 1,351,155
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

CHARLES REIS FELIX was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts, to Portuguese immigrant parents. He studied at the University of Michigan from 1941 to 1943, when he was drafted into the U.S. Army. After the war he received a B.A. in history from Stanford University and became an elementary school teacher. He is the author of Crossing the Sauer, an account of his experience as a combat infantryman in World War II; Da Gama, Cary Grant, and the Election of 1934; and Tony: A New England Boyhood. He lives in Northern California.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Prologue
I COME TO CALIFORNIA
Every Foul and Stagnant Pool
A Portagee Gate
No Taste for Air
“Them Portagees Are Wrecking That House”
The Inalienable Right of Revulsion
Senhor Fragoza
The Dermatologist’s Report •“I Don’t want a Portagee in the Family”
Better Far Better
“What Kind of a Name Is That Anyway?”
The “Mudsill” Analogy
Senhor Oliveira
A Money Test
Fidel and His Father
A National Calamity
PA
“I Should Have Voted for Hoover”
Pissing in Brockton
The Greatest Story Ever Told
Sir Master
Attaching the Dog
Chatting
The Only Portagee in Philadelphia
Mrs. Maud D’Haze
Podubnia
His Roll
At the Shop
The Cuckoo Man
Tickets
Old Ribeiro
The Bank
Sunday Dinner
At the Shop Again
Doctors
The Christmas Tree
Counting Money
The White Gloves and Brown Coat
Insurance
Eggs
His Father
The Fourth of July
Take a Guess
Locking Up, Saturday Night
Work
Giving to the House
NO MORE
Among the Dahlias
Coca-Cola
The Americans
Cabral the Pharmacist
Sam
Polocks and Other People
Hannibal and His Elephants
Deliverance
My Blue Suit
Class
‘’If I Can Give You a Push Up, I Will Be Glad To Do It“
College
My Career
Ann Arbor
John the Beggar
Income Tax
Razor Blades
Coffin Avenue
Nothing Stays the Same
His Father Again
”Do You Still Remember Setubal, Mary?“
Gone
Lines
Like a Song

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