A bestseller when it was published in 1970 at the height of the Mexican-American civil rights movement, Chicano unfolds the fates and fortunes of the Sandoval family, who flee the chaos and poverty of the Mexican Revolution and begin life anew in the United States.
Patriarch Hector Sandoval works the fields and struggles to provide for his family even as he faces discrimination and injustice. Of his children, only Pete Sandoval is able to create a brighter existence, at least for a time. But when Pete's daughter Mariana falls in love with David, an Anglo student, it sets in motion a clash of cultures. David refuses to marry Mariana, fearing the reaction of his family and friends. Mariana, pregnant with David's child, is trapped between two worlds and shunned by both because of the man she loves. The complications of their relationship speak volumes -- even today -- about the shifting sands of racial politics in America.
In his foreword, award-winning author Rubén Martínez reflects on the historical significance of Chicano's initial publication and explores how cultural perceptions have changed since the story of the Sandoval family first appeared in print.
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About the Author
Nacido en 1928, Richard Vasquez trabajó para varios periódicos, incluyendo el Santa Mónica Independent, el San Gabriel Valley Tribune y el Los Angeles Times. Además de Chicano, publicó dos otros libros: The Giant Killer y Another Land. Murió en 1990.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Started out interesting. The ending not so much. Had potential but i didn't think it eas all that great.
This classic novel is a must-read. Firstly, the novel is written in a very clever way. The novel goes through four generations of a family and as the reader you are better able to understand the characters by having read about their decendents. Secondly, the themes from this 1970 novel are still relevant today. The author cleverly integrates themes of racism, coming of age, and personal trauma and trajedy without 'shoving them in your face' so to speak. The last 100 pages are the strongest. I would read this novel again. This book also teaches you a lot about Mexican-Americans living in the US and their plight.
I loves this novel, I had an Uncle who use to tell stories about the Mexican Revolutionary War and how the family came to settle in Southern California, this book brought back a lot of beautiful memories of my family members who have now passed away, I enjoyed this book very much.