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Once a King, Always a King: The Unmaking of a Latin King Paperback – October 1, 2004
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Born in 1963 to a 16-year-old mother and a 74-year-old father in the hilltop village of Cayey, Puerto Rico, Sanchez (a nom de guerre) survived being raped and beaten by his 18-year-old cousin at age five. After his father died, his mother quickly remarried, decamped Puerto Rico, and moved the family to Chicago. There, Sanchez suffered another wave of physical and psychological torment from his mother and stepfather (and, subsequently, a third father figure named "Pedro") while his sisters seemed to escape much, if not all, of the mistreatment. At 13, Sanchez found himself alone on the mean streets of Chicago, after his mother cast him out of the family home.
By the mid-1970s, the Latin Kings had established themselves as a highly organized megagang in Chicago, and their mantra "Amor de Rey" ("King Love") seemed to hold the promise of a better, if not love-filled existence for Sanchez, who quickly joined. To his dismay, though, he found only further violence and ruinous relationships in his newly adopted "family." Still, as a gang member, there were other castaways with whom he could relate, and although he hated what was required of him to maintain his membership, at least he felt a sense of belonging.Read more ›
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Very easy reading. The author tried to provide many details but you can tell he held back.Published 1 month ago by Sayde Morales
Though many parts were difficult to read, the author's thoughtful introspection and bold honesty are painfully clear. An insightful, eye opener - especially for native Chicagoans.Published 7 months ago by Stephanie L. Seweryn
I finished the first book in two days. I immediately started be second book. You can't get enough of the life of Reymundo Sanchez. Read morePublished 9 months ago by teacher5
This book glossed over the explanation of his abusive mother. In other words it's like putting a band aid over a volcano.Published 11 months ago by Lauren Harrell
Craziest book Ive ever read. I will tell you I am no fan of reading books, especially if they are over 100 pages but dam this book is good. Read morePublished 12 months ago by steve