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5.0 von 5 Sternen An autobiography that reads like an action story
"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...
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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. Which, I think, makes the autobiography really enjoyable to read. The inclusion of Spanish gives you a feel for the culture Rodriguez lived in. With him and all his friends being Mexican, you...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An autobiography that reads like an action story, 4. Mai 2000
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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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5.0 von 5 Sternen an extremely vivid picture of how gang life is in E. L.A, 11. Mai 1999
Von Ein Kunde
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Always Running (Taschenbuch)
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." At the end of this incident, his friend Tino was found by the police dead ona floor. He ahd fallen through a skylight when running from the police. After this Luis joined a gang. Being a gang member meant power to him, control over his life, and protection. Throughout the rest of the book Rodriquez tells about incidents that show why kids join gangs in the first place and the needs that gangs fill. In this case he emphasizes the racism that existed in his neighborhood whre the mexicans wre segregated in their own nighborhoods ,even their own beaches, and wer not accepted by others. he says the "police were just another gang" after a cop tells him that the police have a plan-to detain every mexican kid from the age of 7 so that they would records a mile long by th time they were teenagers and get thrown into jail eventuallt
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Gang Days in LA, 25. März 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Always Running (Taschenbuch)
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? I also learned that LA has the second largest homeless population in the country was the foundation for the kind of response that followed the Rodney King verdicts, and many, many more. "An absolutely unique work: richly literally and poetic, yet urgent and politically explosive at the same time... A permanent Testament to human courage and Transcendence." Jonathon Kazol, author of Savages Inequalities.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Was a great story that opened my mind, 3. Dezember 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Always Running (Taschenbuch)
The story "Always Running" was a great; well told story which really opened my mind to the poblems of society. Everything in the story was based on true events on the street aand anyone with that experience should enjoy this story. Rodriguez tells of almost everyday experience with police brutality. In this story Rodriguez is beaten by police officers and taken to another "barrio" to get beaten again by different territory gang members on more than one occasion. The police brutality in this story is unreal and only shows how bad such people as Rodney King really felt the beatings. It made me think of how many of these beatings actually occur and go unheard of. I had always believed that gang members were these heartless people who hadn't a care in the world. People who go around killing and almost killing innocent peiople only to hear their territory called out from standing members of their gang. But actually the problem goes beyond the gang members, to their families and bad experience in a society with no acceptance. This story by Rodriguez tells of his experiences inthe gangs he grew inn He tells his experiences with drugs, death, school, love, sex and his supposable friends. This story shows the turnaround of a young boywho realizes that his life is so much more than a territory name called out after a lost victory. "Always Running" is a great story told with truth, heart, and more experience than one should be able to hold.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A must read - An Urban Classic, 20. Juni 2000
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Always Running (Taschenbuch)
A must read autobiography written by Luis J. Rodriguez who was once involved in the gang life of Los Angeles. Teachers, politicians, racist brutal police officers, and an unforgiving society that despised immigrants helped create the explosive vortex that gave birth to La Vida Loca. Luis Rodriguez fought his way out of La Vida Loca by the help, sweat, blood; and sacrifice of victims before him and positive role models that slowly chipped away at the negative walls that imprisoned him. His struggles for basic human rights such as: education, housing, and employment helped paved a road for others to follow. This autobiography contains honest brutal descriptions of gang initiations, drug hazes, parties with homeboys and "rucas", gang wars, police brutality, first love, 60's style walk outs, marches and struggles fought against the educational school system. His writing is poetic, urban, vibrant, and full of the unmerciful urgency that consumes the lives of the young people in the barrio. An explosive whirlwind ride that keeps turning and dipping with every page. Luis is a Vato Loco, a painter, a leader and an exceptional writer who finally is able to give his community a voice. I have read this book five times and each time it has managed to move and touch me.... An urban classic.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Always running, 7. April 2000
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Always Running (Taschenbuch)
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. Which, I think, makes the autobiography really enjoyable to read. The inclusion of Spanish gives you a feel for the culture Rodriguez lived in. With him and all his friends being Mexican, you see how they talked to each other and the different Mexican related clubs they were in during high school. It really gives you a good feel for Rodriguez's life. Rodriguez uses a journal format to write his autobiography. It makes the autobiography interesting to read. And how he explains about everything he did. But, at the same time he never went into great depth about any one thing and that was a limitation of the novel. The inclusion of Spanish and journal format were just a few good things about this book. It was very well written and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to get a new view on life in LA.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An Amazing life story of a young man's life., 19. Mai 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Always Running (Taschenbuch)
Always Running was a very interesting life story of a man. He was a gang banger with drug problems in his early years and turned into an passionate writer/poet, educator in the community as he grew older. Finally, he found a way to express his feelings through writing, literature rather than being involved in gang activities.
It was very intersting to read this book because the book has many scenes that are striking life experience of the main character. The character's life seem very unordinary, but somehow relates to my own personal experience in the past. I can understand the hardships he went through for being a child of an immigrant family, being Latin American and growing up in a low income family.
I recommend this book to all who need inspiration and motivation to improve themselves in their lives. It was amazing to read how he overcame those obstacles in his life: quitting drugs, getting out of the gang, etc. Personally, I found lots of help from this book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen What a great book!, 28. Juni 2000
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I am usually not one to be found reading nonfiction novels, but I think "Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A." is a very accurate and interesting account of the life of a young man that is involved in a gang in L.A. It tells about his experiences in the gang and what it was like to be living in that area at the time. The author also included a small dictionary/reference to the Spanish words he referred to in the story. What really made "Always Running" interesting, however, was that the author was also the main character! I really enjoyed "Always Running" and would highly recommend it to you! I gave Luis J. Rodreguez`s book about gang days in L.A. all five stars, which it deserved.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen real life put into words! keepin' it real., 18. Januar 1999
Von Ein Kunde
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Always Running (Taschenbuch)
i read this book in 1993, recommended by my English teacher. he warned me that it was very graphic but a good book at that. so i decided to read the book. it was raw and uncensored which made it harder to put down everytime i picked it up to read it. the way Rodriguez was able to portray what was going on with such realism and feeling was fascinating. this book is truly one of the best books i have ever read and 'til this day i can remember many of the events that Rodriguez depicts in his book. this book i recommend highly to everyone who appreciates reading a good book. warning: this book will be hard to put down once you start reading it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen If you are a human being, you should read this book!, 3. Mai 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Always Running (Taschenbuch)
I am White, but I've been studying and speaking Spanish since I was 12 by immersing myself in the Spanish-speaking communitites of So. Cal and Arizona. This book gives a very accurate picture of what life is like within many sections of our communitiy. Everyone should read because we all should be educated regarding the injustices and reality of police brutality. Open your eyes. I think it's a shame this book is being taken off "official" reading lists and banned in some school districts. This is just one more example of the system trying to keep us from learning the TRUTH.
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