Here is the poignant journey is a "minority student" who pays the cost of his social assimilation and academic success with a painful alienation -- from his past, his parents, his culture -- and so describes the high price of "making it" in middle class America.
Provocative in its positions on affirmative action and bilingual education, Hunger Of Memory is a powerful political statement, a profound study of the importance of language... and the moving, intimate portrait of a boy struggling to become a man.
"Arresting...Splendidly written intellectual autobiography." -- Boston Globe
"Superb autobiographical essay... Mr. Rodriguez offers himself as an example if the long labor of change: its costs, about which he is movingly frank, its loneliness, but also its triumph." -- The New York Times Book Review
Overall, this book is nothing remarkable, if not very boring.
The book is not all that good. i didn't really like the story. it seemed like he complained a lot and did not appreciate what he had.
My fellow professionals argue over Mr. Rodriguez and his positions on assimilation and bilingual education.
I was disappointed. I found it too focused on himself. Philip ParisPublished 18 days ago by Philip J. Paris
Interesting point of view. I almost stopped when he got going on his opposition to affirmative action. But I was surprised when his point of view made a lot of sense. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Charles Walbridge
I enjoyed the literary part. However...Ricardo's position on bilingual education is cock-eyed! I have a Teacher-Trainer Specialization on bilingualism, and Ricardo writes as a... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Roberto Rosales
Apart from its status as a literary classic, anybody who writes about contemporary ethnic American culture-- which is to say, American culture-- has read it and discussed it for... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Editor, SFHR
A peek into the mind of an immigrant who dares to entertain the idea of assimilation! No whining for pity in this read!Published 4 months ago by lee ortegon