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Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. Paperback – October 4, 2005
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Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
-- Jonathan Kozol, author of Savage Inequalities
"Rodriguez's account of his coming of age is vivid, raw...fierce, and fearless...Here's truth no television set, burning night and day, could ever begin to offer."
-- Gary Soto, The New York Times Book Review
"Every spiky anecdote from a life of guns, razors, uppers, downers, glue, heroin, sex, and early death supports this former gang member's view of the violence as collective suicide. That Rodriguez's memoir takes place...before the '92 L.A. riots only makes this beautifully written and politically astute account more compelling."
-- Suzanne Ruta, Entertainment Weekly
"Extraordinarily haunting and evocative."
-- Paul Ruffins, The Washington Post Book World
Top Customer Reviews
Rodriguez joined his first gang at age eleven, and by age eighteen, he was a veteran of gang warfare, killings, police, drug overdoses, rapes, Mexican funerals, and suicides. He has watched his friends die one by one at such early ages as he waits his turn of his finalty. The turning point of Rodriguez's life turns out to be when he killed an innocent man as his initiation to a new gang. Because of this he was sentenced to jail where he was able to think hard about what he wanted to do with his. And now look at him he is an award winning journalist and author. but despite his successful transition he later experienced the karma of his childhood when his son Ramiro falls into the wrong crowd in their home Chicago, and joins a gang. Always Running is a novel dedicated to Ramiro Rodriguez and all the other lost children in the world who has lost hope and turned to the hellish streets of gangster life. Through his novel Luis not only shares his life experiences, but he also shares with us how he saved his son. So waste no more and read this very compelling, moving story of a father and son reunion.
Luis has shown these kids living in the barrio's do not have time to be children and enjoy the simple things in life that growing up has to offer. Instead they are frustrated, and pushed into a world of drink, drugs, murder, violence, rape, sex and parenthood well before they have turned into adults physically. I hope peace can be brought to these barrios as killing themselves is not the answer. I will not preach to have the answer.
The deeds done and written in the book by Luis and his friends, depicted images of grown men, however they are mere teens who need more assistance from the governments, police and each other to forge friendship and peace instead of hatred and death.
Maybe politicians, parents and the police should read books like this and other gang books to try to understand the plight of those living in these barrios and then educate themselves to enable the vatos locos to make their barrios places of pride without fear of death and allow them to grow into whatever they want to be just like Luis.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The style of writing does hold students attention it is a poor choice for the classroom!Published 8 hours ago by R. S. Sims
It was a alright book about a boy growing up in a age when gang violence was it's all time high in L.A. Read morePublished 16 days ago by SouthernLove
Good book. Had to read for school. I believe that there are some fundamental errors in his take on life. But, overall a good look into the psyche of gang membersPublished 1 month ago by disneytim
I needed this book for a graduate school class. Great book that captured my interest in the first few pages. A quick reading because it makes you feel invested.Published 1 month ago by Stephanie
An intimate portrayal of gang life in the 60s & 70s. It is raw and poetic. His story touches on the social causes of juvenile delinquency that still affect society today.Published 3 months ago by Gigi
Im reading this book on school and if you can analyze the text with the right guidance from a teacher, you and see how truly inspiring and amazing this book actually is.Published 4 months ago by Germaine R.