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
Although framed in the context of ethnicity--Richard Rodriguez' book makes that same point.
To me, Rodriguez's alleged issues with language and intimacy seem disconnected with the issues of bilingual education or affirmative action.
Anyone adjusting to a new life will struggle... the author of this book does not seem to understand that very much.
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 5 days 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 1 month ago by lee ortegon
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. Read morePublished 1 month ago by kipgon
This was a book I had to buy for class in college... Needless to say I did not like it.
But it calls for great conversation topics.
This is not my kind of book. Read more
Great book, I am Mexican American and had to read this in college for an English class. Rodriguez is a very opinionated person and there may be things you don't agree with him,... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Leticia A.
I feel this well-written book lacked a variety and clarity that would have strengthened the author's obvious message. The amount of self-loathing over skin color was repetitive. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Chazman
They say that English is one of the hardest languages to learn. However, it is much harder to navigate the language of culture, which Richard Rodriguez mastered well. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Paisley Princess
Rodriguez is not writing opinion so much as he is writing experience. You might disagree with him, but hear him out. He has a valid argument based on his experience. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Priscilla Stilwell