ĦMacho! (Spanish Version) (Spanish Edition)

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In this Spanish translation of Macho!, seventeen-year-old Roberto Garcia has big hopes for a future different from that of his compatriots in the highlands of Michoacan. Hungry for the prosperous life that he imagines on the other side of the border, Roberto steps onto the dangerous trail that so many immigrants have taken before him--from his mountainous home into the dangers of the world outside.

Before long, Roberto finds himself in the land of promise: in the midst of golden fields and fertile fruit orchards where he can make more money in one week than he could have in a year back home. He learns quickly, though, that the backbreaking work in vegetable fields under the powerful sun does not gain him the wealth, freedom, and power that he'd hoped for. But even in that world of cramped trains, deadly deserts, and horrifying conditions, Roberto is determined to make a place for himself.

This gripping novel by Victor Villasenor, author of Rain of Gold, boils with the conflicts of spiritual, social, and economic values of a young Mexican immigrant's coming of age in the United States.

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Heralded Latino writer's first novel about the experience of undocumented Mexican immigrant laborers in the United States is now available in Spanish.

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From Victor Villasenor, author of the critically acclaimed best seller Rain of Gold, comes the stunning story of a young man's coming of age--a novel that captures the cadences and color, passion and pride of the Mexican-American experience.

Roberto Garcia was only seventeen. But he already had big dreams of freedom, respect, money, familia. With ambition to burn and a passion to prove his manhood, Roberto took the dangerous journey north, crossing the Mexican border to pick fruit in the golden fields of California. There, a good man could make more money in a week than in a whole year in the mountains of Michoacan. Nothing could have prepared Roberto for the jammed boxcars and bolted trucks carrying migrants through burning deserts to fields of dreams. But he was determined to become a norteno, coming home with a family to save and a score to settle, no longer a boy, but a man.

At once raw and powerful, poetic and heartbreaking, Macho! brings to life the brutality of migrant labor, Cesar Chavez's effort to unionize the workers, and a vivid portrayal of the immigrant experience as seen through the eyes of a young man who saw it all. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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