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Happy Birthday Jesus

Ronald L. Ruiz

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ISBN 10: 1558853987 / ISBN 13: 9781558853980
Published by Arte Publico Pr, 2003
Condition: Good Soft cover
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Title: Happy Birthday Jesus

Publisher: Arte Publico Pr

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Good

Edition: 2003 Edition.

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A gripping novel of madness and despair now available in paperback for the first time

Happy Birthday Jesús chronicles the creation of a monster: Jesús Olivas, a Mexican American boy raised by his grandmother in northern California. In a society where survival of the fittest is the key, young Jesús Olivas’ shyness and sensitivity become a malleable and vulnerable disadvantage.

Transformed into the perfect victim by his grandmother, a religious fanatic, and the teachings of his parish priest, Jesús is progessively abused and brutalized. At eighteen, he marks his coming of age with the savage rape of a prostitute, the only person who loved him, and an attack that maims the parish priest he both hated and feared. Jesús is sentenced to thirty years behind prison walls in what becomes a labyrinth of unending horrors.

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Ruiz’s successful probing into the anatomy of madness and despair combines a lyrical rendition of the most abject aspects of the human situation with keen irony.

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