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Heart of Aztlan

Heart of Aztlan The Albuquerque barrio portrayed in this vivid novel of post war New Mexico is a place where urban and rural political and religious realities co exist collide and combine The magic realism for whic

  • Title: Heart of Aztlan
  • Author: Rudolfo Anaya
  • ISBN: 9780826310545
  • Page: 214
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Albuquerque barrio portrayed in this vivid novel of post war New Mexico is a place where urban and rural, political and religious realities co exist, collide and combine The magic realism for which Naya is well known combines with an emphatic portrayal of the plight of workers dispossessed of their heritage and struggling to survive in an alien culture.

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    1. Rudolfo Anaya

      Rudolfo Anaya lives and breathes the landscape of the Southwest It is a powerful force, full of magic and myth, integral to his writings Anaya, however, is a native Hispanic fascinated by cultural crossings unique to the Southwest, a combination of oldSpain and New Spain, of Mexico with Mesoamerica and the anglicizing forces of the twentieth century Rudolfo Anaya is widely acclaimed as the founder of modern Chicano literature According to the New York Times, he is the most widely read author in Hispanic communities, and sales of his classic Bless Me, Ultima 1972 have surpassed 360,000, despite the fact that none of his books have been published originally by New York publishing houses His works are standard texts in Chicano studies and literature courses around the world, and he has done than perhaps any other single person to promote publication of books by Hispanic authors in this country With the publication of his novel, Albuquerque 1992 ,Newsweek has proclaimed him a front runner in what is better called not the new multicultural writing, but the new American writing His most recent volume, published in 1995, is Zia Summer I ve always used the technique of the cuento I am an oral storyteller, but now I do it on the printed page I think if we were very wise we would use that same tradition in video cassettes, in movies, and on radio from unm wrtgsw anayamlandgale.cengage free_reso

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    1. Anaya is a wonderful storyteller and a master wordsmith, especially in the descriptions of the New Mexico culture Seemed like it took a while for me to really get into this book, but once I did I became hungry to know of the culture, traditions and history of the area and the people who have made it home.


    2. This is a deeply moving book about the Mexican people in Albuquerque It represents a very different view of immigration from the current one, whether on the left or the right The story takes place in the 1950s although it often feels decades older, and follows a man and his family as they struggle to survive in the urban poverty of industrial Albuquerque There are beautiful passages alongside rather too many didactic calls for justice A struggle for workers rights and a love for the Mexican peop [...]


    3. So Clemente and his wife have to move their family to Albequerque from their beloved llanos They learn from the man they sell their land to that the city usually swallows up the people who move I could have told him his family would be weakened by their move My childhood was spent in east Los Angeles and I experienced the vatos and pachucos and the stompers who dressed like cowboys It was nothing like our beloved place in Utah where my grandma lived It never felt like home Little by little the f [...]


    4. The usual Chicano novel culture clash, class antagonisms, gender clashes between the father and the daughters, the mother is a saint, the sons are the archetypes of the pachuco cholo, the worker, and the weird one, etc This novel is a great example of the Chicano Power movement and the type of literature it produced something similar to the boring and glorifying style of socialist realism The ending, although appears to be an open ending, is of a heppyly ever after ending the community organize [...]


    5. I haven t actually finished it I abandoned it at least temporarily at page 23 I was interested in the culture, but could not identify with any character and was not engaged by the story or language It s a pretty good book just not for me I wrote all this before and lost it, so I hope it doesn t turn up as a duplicate post like the last one I lost it while I went looking for a link to the cover art, which is remarkable on its own See for yourselfsparenriquez galleryp


    6. While not as compelling a plot as some of Anaya s other novels in this series, this book introduces some interesting ideas about culture and identity and the importance of cultural context for communities Reading these books decidedly out of order, I also liked getting background on some of the characters and events that turn up in later books in this timeline I did wish this novel had a stronger resolution it seemed to just peter out at the end, which may be true to real life, but makes for a [...]


    7. One can almost remember a world where men lived in peace and the land was prosperous if ever such a place existed Anaya stirs a spiritual desire in us to free ourselves from corrupt and contrived infrastructures and live with the earth.


    8. I found this book really confusing It was one that I needed to read for class and I read it twice, but I still felt like I was missing something rather important throughout Especially during the discussion during class, but well shrugs


    9. Not his best work The storyline is loose and the dialogue unnatural That being said, Anaya s characteristic charisma is evident and made the book worth reading.


    10. Typical Chicano empowerment novel Maybe if I would have been reading it when it first came out it would have been great but now it was just too typical.



    11. Anaya lays it out for you the mystical is real, period Go along for the ride and you get some beautiful prose, melodrama and a deeper connection to the soul of the land.


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