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"An absorbing, heart-rendering story told with sensitivity and wisdom..." -- Beaumont Enterprise

"Paredes evokes boyhood with more sympathy that anyone since Dickens... an excellent book." -- Austin American Statesman
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 302 pages
  • Publisher: Arte Publico Pr; a edition (January 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558850120
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558850125
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Since my purchase, I have re-read the book.
cardinal 101
It offers an eye-opening view of another side of the South Texas story.
dikybabe
The ending is a total shocker, but overall an amazing novel.
Justin the Traveler

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By dikybabe on March 12, 2001
Format: Paperback
Most readers know Americo Paredes as the great folklorist that he was. Because his book George Washington Gomez was not published in the late 1930's when Paredes wrote it, only a rough draft version was released shortly before he died.
To me, this version of Texas historical fiction along the valley border presents a side to Mexican American settlement that few other books reveal. I find Paredes' story powerful and well worth reading.
Gualinto, little George Washington Gomez, is the American born son of his illegal immigrant parents; his father is an outlaw of some notoriety. The birth name his parents give him symbolizes their hope that he will become the leader of his people in America. But their hopes take a big detour as this little boy grows up in fictional Jonesville as a spoiled only son in a matriarchal household. With his father dead, the only strong male role for Gualinto is his reformed outlaw uncle.
Gualinto suffers the insults and taunts of growing up as a member of the poor and powerless society of South Texas. His family is subjected to the cruelities of racist Anglos, including the unattractive side of El Renche, the Texas Rangers. Even in an all Mexican American school for children, Gualinto is embarrassed and punished for his lack of academic accomplishment by the spinster Mexican American teacher . Those classroom scenes remind one of the cruelties found in Tom Brown's School Days and the writings of Charles Dickens.
Surrounded by love at home, treated kindly by some of the Jonesville citizenry, insulated from the cruelities exacted on his sisters who do not adhere to their mother's demands, Gualinto grows to adolescence and a time of continued social positioning that often leads to rejection.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Justin the Traveler on January 2, 2009
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I loved this novel and read it within a matter of a few days. I had to read it for my Mexican American Literature class. It is amazing that this book has never been edited and still is amazing. I wonder what Americo Paredes' other novels would have been like had he written more. The ending is a total shocker, but overall an amazing novel.
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 6, 1999
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This book was okay. It was a first draft, and therefore it wasn't edited. I thought that it was historically accurate, and I liked the book up until the ending for its detail, imagery, and language. There was no correlation between the ending and the story, however. You can't skip about 4 - 8 years, and show a guy completely pro-Mexican and anti-gringo suddenly change into a man that lives with those he once hated, and scorns that which he once loved so much. That may be how the story in real life would have ended, but I personally don't like the idea of filling in all the details. I would have preferred to read an extra 100 - 200 pages to find out how Gualinto became who he became. Although I was disappointed in the last 20 pages, I was impressed by the 280 preceding it, so I gave the book 3 stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cardinal 101 on August 3, 2013
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I bought the book for a class I was taking. The book was not boring. It gave an insight towards how the culture of educationing English language learners and how the edcuation system has changed. Since my purchase, I have re-read the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gaygar123 on December 14, 2012
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I WAS AMAZED WITH WHAT I READ AND REALLY ENJOYED THE BOOK. I WASNT EXPECTING WHAT IT TURNED OUT TO BE.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 14, 2012
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I read this for my "Ethnic Literature of the United States" class, and it is the best thing we've read so far. The story is engaging, and you will love the characters. Don't get me wrong, some characters you will want to hit repeatedly, but most are amazing. By the end of the book I was so invested in the main character that I wanted to strangle someone. In all, you should read it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kmre224 on February 26, 2012
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To begin with, I am not one who read books and I rarely finish books, but I had to read this book for class this semester while we were studying the history of Chicanos and of Texas. I finished the book within four days and needless to say it was amazing. The beginning was slow, but after about twenty pages it captures the read and you are not able to place the book down. I agree with other commments about the ending being too short, but I believe it is a very well written novel and very easy to understand. It gives an insight of the life of Mexicotexans in the early 20th Century and the difficulties they were faced with.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Noelia A. Garza on July 18, 2014
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It is more like biographical history.
Having grown up in the Valley decades ago, I can remember situations like - or similar to - the ones Paredes relates.
Some things never change. Childhood experiences can make or break you.
A "must read" - especially for those who think of the RGV as only palm trees and orange groves.
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