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A wealthy woman prophesies that when she dies she will become an insect, never to leave the land she loves. Upon her death in 1878, the townspeople of Pasadena, Calif., find the remains of her clothing infested with hundreds of large brown bugs. This legend, related in its first pages, presages the subsequent events of this dramatic novel, as these indefatigable creatures appear repeatedly both as a portent and final evidence of death. In his first English work, Mexican writer Morales eloquently fuses the fantastic and the factual as he traces the growth of early California from 1892 to the late 1940s. Within this broad scope, the book intimately focuses on the families behind the establishment and success of the booming Simons Brickyardthe rich American brothers Joseph and Walter Simons and the hundreds of Mexican immigrants who have fled a tyrannical regime and feudal hacienda system. The vivid clan of Octavio and Nana Revueltas and Octavio's many brothers illustrates both the increasing material comfort and spiritual discontent of the workers who realize that they have merely exchanged one brand of feudalism for another, namely the Simons's paternalism. In the hopeful but unsentimental novel, amid the red dust of the brickyards and periodic earthquakes of California, "the place where paradise trembles," the Mexicans struggle to find acceptance and to claim their adopted land as their own.
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"Morales eloquently fuses the fantastic and the factual as he traces the growth of early California ..." -- Publishers Weekly

"The Brick People "will engross almost anyone with a curiousity about northern Mexico, southern California and their history." --The Nation
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Arte Publico Pr; 2nd edition (January 1, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0934770913
  • ISBN-13: 978-0934770910
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #947,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on November 24, 2003
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This book is one that I am having my Spanish 2 class read. It is a great source of the history of California in the 19th to 20th century and it has a lot of detail about migrants. I enjoyed the stories of the families and how they interacted with one another. I think the book flows nicely but there were a few loose ends that I think could have been wrapped up more thoroughly.
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My Grandma grew up in the Brickyard, she awfton talk about her childhood , but I was to young to understand. Unfortunately my grandmother is no longer here but with this book I felt that I got an insight to was she was talking about. Simons Brickyard motebello great part of Chicano history!
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If you live in LA or have in the past, this is a fascinating piece of local history. It's well written and entertaining as well as informative. Best book I've read in a while.
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I read this book for my college class and I truly found it a great read!!
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Highly recommended for people with a serious interest
in little-known but important historical contributions
of Mexican families to the evolution
of Los Angeles architecture.
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