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Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Luis J. Rodriguez
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4. Oktober 2005
The award-winning and bestselling classic memoir about a young Chicano gang member surviving the dangerous streets of East Los Angeles, now featuring a new introduction by the author.

Winner of the Carl Sandburg Literary Award, hailed as a New York Times notable book, and read by hundreds of thousands, Always Running is the searing true story of one man’s life in a Chicano gang—and his heroic struggle to free himself from its grip.

By age twelve, Luis Rodriguez was a veteran of East Los Angeles gang warfare. Lured by a seemingly invincible gang culture, he witnessed countless shootings, beatings, and arrests and then watched with increasing fear as gang life claimed friends and family members. Before long, Rodriguez saw a way out of the barrio through education and the power of words and successfully broke free from years of violence and desperation.

Achieving success as an award-winning poet, he was sure the streets would haunt him no more—until his young son joined a gang. Rodriguez fought for his child by telling his own story in Always Running, a vivid memoir that explores the motivations of gang life and cautions against the death and destruction that inevitably claim its participants.

At times heartbreakingly sad and brutal, Always Running is ultimately an uplifting true story, filled with hope, insight, and a hard-earned lesson for the next generation.

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Produktinformation

  • Taschenbuch: 288 Seiten
  • Verlag: Touchstone; Auflage: Reprint (4. Oktober 2005)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0743276914
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743276917
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 21,4 x 15,7 x 1,8 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.5 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (60 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 130.462 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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Pressestimmen

"An absolutely unique work: richly literary and poetic, yet urgent and politically explosive at the same time...A permanent testament to human courage and transcendence."
-- 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

Synopsis

Luis Rodrigues began to relate the futility of his life in Los Angeles as a gang member; now at 30 years of age, realizing his son is following the same way of life in Chicago, finishes his life story as a legacy to his son. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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"Always Running" is an autobiography about Luis Rodriguez's life in Los Angeles. The book starts out when Rodriguez's family migrates to the U.S. from Mexico. Luis's father was a licensed teacher in Mexico, but due to the lack of job opportunities the family had to go to the U.S. in search of a better life. The story gets really interesting when it talks about Luis's childhood. When Luis started elementary school, he was an outcast because he did not know English fluently. That is when Luis started to hate school. It didn't get any better in middle school, because that's when he started getting involved with gangs. After Luis finally got out of middle school, he started high school. In high school Luis dropped out after his sophomore year. After many trials and tribulations, Luis finds out that the gang life isn't the life for him. When Luis was about seventeen years old he decided that he needed to graduate high school, so he went back. While at school Luis had got involved with a Chicano group that organized a walkout due to the fact that the school had no Chicano history classes and teachers. Through these positive acts, Luis turns his life around and realized that the streets aren't anything but trouble.
This book is a very entertaining read; it goes by really fast and smoothly. Rodriguez tells his life story in a manner that reads like an action story. The best part of the book has to be the use of slang and terminology; they give readers and authentic feel, unlike a lot of other authors who often try but fail. People who aren't familiar with the Hispanic culture and the gang lifestyle will probably feel confused at first, but by the time they are into a couple of chapters they will grasp what is trying to be said.
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This book held my interes throughout the ten chapters and 250 pages. what i liked was that this was a real story written by a former gangbanger who had a slim chance of life after the age of 20. twenty-five of his closest friends died in "La vida loca" or the crazy life.rodriguez was a banger in L.A in the 60's and 70's. He shows from the first page how his family wrer "outsiders" coming from Mexico to L.A. when he was just two years old. He says, "Our first exposure in America stays with me like a foul odor. It seemed a strange world... spitting on us, stepping on us... immigrants as if we wre phlegm stuck in the collective throat of this country." The message tht kept coming through to him and his family was you don't belong in this country. His early experiences showed what his life was going to be like in the future. For example the first day of schoool he was put in a class for retards because he couldn't speak English and was punished if he spoke spanish. To show how he doesn't feel in control of his life from the beginning, he says, "I'm just a ball. Bouncing outside. Bouncing inside. Whatever." When he was 10, experience changed his life forever. He and his friend Tino had been playing ball on a schoolyard at night when they weren't supposed to be there. The cops saw them and started chasing them off the yeard. Luis says "It never stopped, this running. We were constant prey, and the huners soon became big blurs: the police, the gangs, the junkies, the dudes on Garvey Boulevard who took our money... sometimes they were teachers who jumped on us Mexicans as if we wre born with a dieous sain. We were always afraid. Alway running. Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Gang Days in LA 25. März 1999
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This book was a gift to his son Ramiro and to all the children, who will experience all this drama. This book is at times heartbreakingly sad and brutal, it's a true story, it's filled with hope, insight, and a hard-earned lesson for the next generation. "Rodriguez's account of his coming of an 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.Always Running is the same as any other gang movie. For example Boys in the hood or Blood in blood out show the same as the story does. I'm sure some of you know what i'm talking about. Especially if you have experienced this as i did and know what the author is talking about. Always Running is about a young boy who grew up in East Los Angeles in the barrios. When Luis was two years old, his family left Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, to go to Los Angelas. In those days an educated man had to be careful about certainthings- questioning authoriy. They ended up in Watts, a community primarily of black people except for La Colonia,whish is the quarter, the Mexican section and the oldest part of Watts. I recommend this book to anybody. This book really touched me, at times i was really angry, sad, happy, and sometimes i had a grin on my face. I also got to learn a piece of my history. For example, in 1965 there was a Chicano Moratorium against the Vietnam War- which was called the so- called East LA Riot. Latinos were the largest group among the 18,000arrested at least 700 of those detained were white. Which people called the Countr's first "Multi-ethnic" revolt? Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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5.0 von 5 Sternen What a great book!
I am usually not one to be found reading nonfiction novels, but I think "Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 28. Juni 2000 von Bossk
4.0 von 5 Sternen Good book
This is an OK book, if you want to read about police brutality and cruelty, drugs and gang violence. "Always Running" is about the life of a boy (Luis J. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 28. Juni 2000 von "jameskipiccolomcclaskey"
5.0 von 5 Sternen This is a great book!
The reason I like this book is because it never ceases to have something exciting going on. The drugs, violence, and gang activity make this book wonderful. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 28. Juni 2000 von Larry D. Moore II
5.0 von 5 Sternen On the REAL
I cannot write objectively about this work because I grew up in the same hoods and am now proud to call Mr. Rodriguez my friend. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 25. Juni 2000 von J. Park
5.0 von 5 Sternen A must read - An Urban Classic
A must read autobiography written by Luis J. Rodriguez who was once involved in the gang life of Los Angeles. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 20. Juni 2000 veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen Always Running
Always Running , by Luis Rodriguez is a very inspirational novel, I really enjoyed reading it. It is about a young man named Luis, how he lived with his family, in poverty and a... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 2. Mai 2000 von Jerry
4.0 von 5 Sternen Always Running
Always Running , by Luis Rodriguez is a very inspirational novel, I really enjoyed reading it. It is about a young man named Luis, how he lived with his family, in poverty and a... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 2. Mai 2000 von Jerry
5.0 von 5 Sternen Great book!
The book Always Running touches on a lot of hard topics such as sex, drugs, racism, and police brutality. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 7. April 2000 von Jimmy Johnson
3.0 von 5 Sternen Always running
I read Always Running by Luis J. Rodriguez. Rodriguez wrote an autobigraphy about his life growing up in LA. Always Running has an inclusion of Spanish and a journal format. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 7. April 2000 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Great book!
The book Always Running touches on a lot of hard topics such as sex, drugs, racism, and police brutality. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 7. April 2000 von Jimmy Johnson
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