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Under the Feet of Jesus Paperback – April 1, 1996
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Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The novel centers primarily around Estrella, a young girl on the verge of womanhood, and her relationship with Alejo, another migrant worker of the same age. Throughout the story, the characters are confronted time and time again with hardships they must endure, each time further questioning their faith. After Alejo is poisoned by a crop duster and falls ill, the family takes care of him, spending what little money they have for his treatment.Read more ›
The wording of this book is so delicate that it could almost be mistaken for an extended poem if it were not for the strength of characters like Estrella and her mother Petra and the dialogue that goes spoken and unspoken between them.
From Petra and the harsh agricultural world around her, Estrella learns the difference between love without security and security without love; when Estrella makes her final choice, it is with the wealth of experiences of her own family.
Viramontes' book echoes not only great American writers of the past like Steinbeck, but classic Latin American literature like the "Popul Vuh" of the Mayas. The odd mixture of both cultures is smoothed over by the heavy sybolism of the cycles of the earth, and the humanity of the people who inhabit it.
Estrella's father abandoned Petra, the mother and her children. Perfecto feels the urge to do just that towards the end of the book during a particularly difficult period. I'd have to say that the description of Perfecto's turmoil is probably a close second in the book to the scene where Estrella explodes in the medical clinic, where her class resentments are taken out on the poor white nurse.
Now, I got the feeling through reading this book that it might have been better edited. The author just might be the greatest confector of similes in the history of humanity though I thought she might have laid them on in the book a bit too heavy. There are streches in the book where the writing is first rate, full of vigor; then other periods when it is less vigorous but still well done. But after I finished the book, I thought to myself that the book could not have been written any other way for better or for worse.
In conclusion, this is a very finely crafted story of a poor migrant family, perhaps very typical, as they engage in back breacking labor for long hours at ten cents an hour under terrible working and living conditions, breathing in pesticides, enriching their bosses and giving us cheap fruit and vegetables.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just really disliked the book, everything about was agonizing to read. It was slow and predictable. I found no heart in it and just found myself really hating it.Published 5 months ago by Claribel Hernandez
The book came not only in great condition but it was signed by the author as well! It was such an awesome bonus. The story itself was also very beautifulPublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Amazing of what the migrant workers go through and as a teacher, this book helps me better understand the migrant families that I teach.Published 10 months ago by highlandrocky
Such a great novel - especially for high school students in South Texas.Published 10 months ago by Mark Helprin wannabe
A beautiful portrayal of a young girl that has to cope with being a child and dealing with forces beyond her control beginning with the color of her skin. Read morePublished 11 months ago by cassandra cavazos
It's is a good book, it's also one of those book where your instructor makes you think SOOOO deep that drives you crazy....Published 16 months ago by Issac Henson