Rain of Gold

Rain of Gold

by Victor Villasenor

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781558850309
Publisher: Arte Publico Press
Publication date: 01/28/1991
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 552
Sales rank: 468,233
Product dimensions: 5.86(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.27(d)
Lexile: 820L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Victor Villaseñor is the author of the nonfiction books Wild Steps of Heaven and Jury: The People vs. Juan Corona. He has written several screenplays, including the award-winning The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez. Villasenor lives on the North Country San Diego ranch where he grew up.

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Rain of Gold 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 69 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
RAIN OF GOLD tells the parallel stories of Lupe and Juan Salvador-the author's parents-beginning in 1911 when they are children living in separate places in Revolution-torn Mexico, and how it comes to be that their respective families journey north to seek fortune and prosperity in the land of opportunity that is California. These are family stories of Salvador's days as a maker and seller of bootleg whiskey and these are, of course, tales of good Mexican people's struggles to overcome the prejudice and exploitation that they face at every turn. Some of the stories here seem more the stuff of fantasy than of family history, but are still enjoyable. Salvador and Lupe meet and fall in love, and RAIN OF GOLD concludes with their marriage in 1929. This is a book made up of a whole series of folksy tales and anecdotal humor. These are stories told by a man who is a natural storyteller; one who clearly admires and loves his family and his people and who writes with great passion. The writing is sometimes repetitious, but still entertaining. I enjoyed it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Growing up as a Mexican-American in the United States often leads many of us to question our identity, our roots, and our heritage. "Rain of Gold" not only provides the historical experience of our people, it also embodies their resilient spirit and their love of life. The Mexican values of religion, family, and love are all well depicted and are brought to life by characters that in one way or another represent every Mexican person who came to the United States. This book is truly a reflection of our people--A people who bled, died,lost their faith, and rose again with their heads held high and the knowledge that a new horizon would soon come. If you are Mexican-American, you do not fully understand yourself until you have read this book.
DesireEI More than 1 year ago
I finally found a book that relates in so many ways to my culture and the strugles that my own family has endured. As I was reading this book all the stories seemed as if they were happening to my own family. I guess it's because so many of my ancestors have similar stories to where we came from and how to appreciete God and Mother Earth with all it's living plants and animals. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has survived any struggles or is in touch with the Lord and earth itself. I want to thank the author for having taken the time to write this powerful inspiring true story. Gracias, Eva.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great reading
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book made brought me many emotions.its just so powerful to the soul ,and maybe that was the intention.i cried,and laughed while reading this book.i felt like i knew lupe and jaun[salvador] so well.i recommend this book for anyone in search of a heart warming adventureous book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is definitely hard to put down. It depicts in so much description the difficult lives of Mexican immigrants to the United States and all that they faced. Victor Villaseñor is a GIFTED writer who can describe an event with such vivid imagery that you feel as if you are there. This book is a true gift to American history, as Villaseñor tells the story from the point of view that is left out of our history books. If you want a love story that makes your heart pound and a story of struggle and triumph, this is a definite must.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the first books I read by Victor Villasenor and went on to read the others. I cried, laughed, and cheered as I read through the pages of the lives in his stories. A bit lenghty but the pages slip through your fingers as the story unfolds. It is so easy to read and lose yourself in the lives of the people. Great read. A must especially for the young Mexican - Americans. So that they may have an understanding and appreciation of the struggles their ancestors endured to come to this country. Struggles very much like those recorded in this novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book was excellent. This story belongs to every Latino whose Parents or Grandparents came to the U.S. from Mexico. The stories were told exactly as my Grandparents told it to me. Every thing in the book was what my Abuelitos went throught while living in Mexico and their journey to the States. It was as if I was reading about them. I could not put the book down! I would stay up all night and read and read and read. I laughted and I cried all throught the book. I had the pleasure of meeting Victor Villasenor and talking to him about my Grandparents and he signed the books I bought. One was for my sister and two were for friends and they all loved the book very very much and thanked me for giving them a truly special gift. I highly recommend this book for every Latino. We can identify with this story.
vintagecatra on LibraryThing 3 months ago
I read this as a freshman in high school and it has remained one of my favorite books ever since. Villasenor writes with a beautiful rhythm and his words and images stick in the reader's mind long after they have finished reading the book. In an age where kids grow up hating their parents, it's wonderful to see the love and care he puts into reconstructing his parents' lives.
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Maryannette More than 1 year ago
This book is a unique combination of memoir and textbook. There were times when I felt I was back in a sociology class. My grandchildren who attended a Spanish Immersion school would learn from it. The most memorable line in the book was the mother telling her son that marriage was a journey and he should choose a woman he wanted to travel with for the rest of his life. It paints a vivid picture prejudice, abject poverty and of strong women who survived with their families.
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i really enjoyed this book but the length was too much. it was very inspiring and it made me thankful for everything i have, but the length really got to me.
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