Macho Fiction MACHO Has been chosen by the New York Public Library for its distinguished list of Books for the Teen Age Victor Villasenor is the author of several works most notably the national bestseller

  • Title: Macho!
  • Author: Victor Villaseñor
  • ISBN: 9781558854185
  • Page: 156
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Fiction MACHO Has been chosen by the New York Public Library for its distinguished list of Books for the Teen Age Victor Villasenor is the author of several works, most notably the national bestseller RAIN OF GOLD and many screenplays, including the award winning The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez In his first novel, seventeen year old Roberto Garcia has big hopes for a futFiction MACHO Has been chosen by the New York Public Library for its distinguished list of Books for the Teen Age Victor Villasenor is the author of several works, most notably the national bestseller RAIN OF GOLD and many screenplays, including the award winning The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez In his first novel, seventeen year old Roberto Garcia has big hopes for a future different from that of his compatriots in the highlands of Michoacan Inspired by his thirst for a prosperous life he dreams lies beyond the border, Roberto steps onto the dangerous trail many immigrants have taken before him Macho Is poetic in its devotion to realistic detail and classic spareness of style At the same time, humor of a truly native sort contagiously informs the narrative It is as if a misery and laughter were twins in Villasenor s vision of the human condition Los Angeles Times It rings true His sentences and his characters have the smell of rich earth and honest sweat about them His stor

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    1. Just finished reading Macho. It was a great story which took place shortly after the Bracero era in the Mid 60's just a few years before my father came to the U.S. in the early 70's. The story of Roberto is that wanting to provide for his family back in Michoacan, Mexico which was describe according to the book at the time almost frozen in time which is true according to my parents that their town of Maravatio de Ocampo in Michoacan was so isolated for a long time before the highway was Morelia- [...]

    2. Thanks to First Reads and Beyond Words Publishing, Inc. for a 40th Anniversary copy of Macho.This novel by Victor Villaseñor covers the adventures and ambitions of 17-year-old Roberto Garcia as he works in the mountains of Michoacán, Mexico and dreams of a brighter future for himself and his family. Roberto's hard work in his community catches the eye of Juan Aguilar, a norteño, who offers Roberto a chance to join him working in the migrant fields of California. Norteños are mexicans who ea [...]

    3. This book is wonderful! It's considered a classic of Chicano literature, and I can see why.It follows the story of young Roberto, oldest son of a family in a small Mexican town, as he becomes aNorteñotrying to supplement his family's meager income in the richEstados Unidosup north.Interspersed between each chapter of Roberto's story are pages of historical facts which explain the backdrop of the story. These included many things I didn't know about, for example, the camp at Empalme set up to pr [...]

    4. yea so this was a badass read! I liked tthis book a lot it reminded me of my own family in Mexico and how it is down there. If you feel like you're worth nothing and won't ever make it in life then you should read this book, because it shows you how you can and will become something if you believe in yourself. Its about an 18 year old dude named Roberto from Mexico who works hard to put food on the table for his family since his father is a drunk. One day he meets a man named Juan Aguilar and he [...]

    5. Second book I have read by Victor Villasenor, Rain of Gold being the first and one of my all time favorite books. He grabbed my heart with this book also. Its the story of a 17 year old, Roberto, who knew only his little village in Michoacan, and how he traveles to make an illegal entry into "Estados Unidos" to work in the fields & send money home to his family. You will love the innocense of Roberto, the commoradre of men crossing the border together, you will cry with them & laugh with [...]

    6. "Macho!" was a very interesting book. It is one of the best books out of the three we chose to read. The reason I liked the book far better than the other two was because Macho had more of a story behind it. The main character, Roberto was on a mission to obtain money and bring it back to Mexico. I also feel this book was a journey about a young boy becoming a man. I feel I could relate more to this book. Something else I loved about this book was that they give a little history on certain words [...]

    7. This novel tells the story of Roberto García, an indio from the Mexico interior who leaves the stability and relative comfort of his pueblo in search of wealth in the United States. García meets with the usual danger, excitement, discrimination, and exhaustion that comes with this passage, so that by the end of the novel he emerges as a norteño who understands with greater clarity the twisted relationship between his native land and el gran monstruo del norte. There are several compelling asp [...]

    8. Macho, by Victor Villaseñor is a coming of age story of Roberto, a young, hardworking Mexican, that decides to come over to the United States with an older Norteño, in order to make money to support his family. When the story begins, Roberto is working as a manager of a farm crew and is the sole provider for his family because even though his dad is suppose to be working, he is out drinking at the cantina with the Norteños. This situation causes a lot of conflict between Roberto and his fathe [...]

    9. In this book by Victor Villasenor he tells the story of 17 year old Roberto Garcia. Roberto lives in the mountains of Michoacan, Mexico with his poor family. He soon learns from another worker about the promising fields up north, across the border, in California. His ambitions for money and respect lead him on a journey to work in the fields of California where he proves his manhood. The problem is that Roberto is crossing into the U.S. illegally or without papers, if he gets caught he is sent b [...]

    10. Via 3rd person narrative, Villaseñor provides us with sufficient intimacy to accomplish his first goal: give insight to some Mexican code of social values : pride, unity/pride in region y pueblo, what it means to be un macho, honor of the family, respect between generations, classes, and especially between father and son. By mode of half page chapter divides, the author allows himself judgement. These exclamations, ancedotas, and information about the political and economic situation of the Mex [...]

    11. What I like about Macho by Victor Villasenor is that it is a really realistic book that tells the truth about low-income people in Mexico, that come here hoping to get a better life and have all this dreams and hopes to improve their families life and their life.How they put all this ideas in their head, but when they get here they see how things really are and they suffer, but they put up with everything to give their families a better life and this book does a really good job showing us how pe [...]

    12. I didn't finish the book, SO TAKE EVERYTHING I SAY WITH A GRAIN OF SALT. In fact, I hardly even started it-- just by reading the preface I simply couldn't continue. I first got the book because after reading the cover description, I thought it would be nice to read a good story from an illegal immigrant's point of view and learn more about the iconic Cesar Chavez and the bracero program of the time in which the novel is set. However, it's so poorly written in unnecessarily excessive use of the v [...]

    13. 1. I like how Victor Villaseñor explains roberto, he shows that roberto is a hard working young man with big dreams, doing work to pursue what he wants out of life, going against the odds of life. i also like how roberto doesnt complain much. He has a I am here for a reason attitude.2. I dislike how the book is divided into 3 different books, i wish it was more chapters. i dislike how he see California as the place to be, to succeed you can be any where i believefavorite quote: "Whores are ever [...]

    14. I bought this book like 5 years ago, and finally after staring at it for a while yesterday finally picked it up and read it in one sitting. Wish I hadn't waited so long, it's emotional and entertaining, and pretty damn enraging. Another reminder of how our country treats Mexican immigrants like garbage, but yet still relies on them to keep our economy running. It's hard reading about people getting swindled trying to cross the border by coyotes and fake immigration lawyers, knowing that it is al [...]

    15. This is a coming of age book about a Mexican immigrant who leaves his job in the fields and his home in Central Mexico with a worldly "Norteno" to make his fortune in the U.S. The book is set in the late 50s and early 60s when Cesar Chavez was organizing Latino farmers and shows the conflicted feelings that many immigrant farmers felt toward the American icon. Macho's title refers to the blood feuds which were common among the mountain men in Mexico and which Roberto, the main character, has to [...]

    16. This book takes place during the time of the brazeros. This book is written from the view of those coming over the boarder and working in the California agricultural fields. Not everyone approved of what Cesar Chavez was doing. I believe Victor Villaseñor has given good examples why certain individuals felt this way. This book is extremely personal and vivid in its portrait of those that came to this country to make a better living for their familias. It also shows the determination and spirit [...]

    17. The writing in this book is powerful and effective; it doesn't filter anything and you can picture the story going on in your head. It has both some strengths and weaknessese more you read it the more you get hooked and hit with surprises. The only weakness I can think of is that there are a lot of Spanish words and if you do not know Spanish it can be difficult. I give the book 4stars would recommend it to all of my classmates. It tells a story about a boy growing into a smart man and he goes t [...]

    18. This was an assigned reading during my Junior year, back in high school. The book has a lot of information I had already known, but it's honestly full of "Mexican culture." boring? hardly. But once it gets 'going' its good. Villaseñor did a great job describing situations and the plot was very well thought out. I like that it gives the reader insight to the immigration topic, without getting all political.[[Victor Villaseñor actually lives near me. Never met him though]]

    19. A captivating blend of history, facts and the human tale of sacrificeThe writing is powerful and draws you in with Roberto's mountain life and then keeps a firm hold of you as the chapters jump from his story to overlaying history of the times. I feel inspired, both by the plight of the farm worker and to sit down and write my own story.

    20. It starts out slowly. However, Villaseñor does a nice job of intertwining his novel with a historical recap of the migrant farm workers during the time of the Braceros program when thousands of Mexicans were imported as cheap labor which was a unique twist.

    21. Before you go on and on about how "those" people should learn to speek english and how those people are cluttering up your neighborhood or comming over illegaly and sucking dry the system, read this book.

    22. A small intro. into the life of a illegal migrant & how it effects everyone in his lifeally it's not as graphic as something like El Norte!

    23. A great story that kept my interest and really showed what life what like back in the 1950's and 1960's era.


    25. villasenor's first novel. interesting, quick read, but hardely comparable to his later work rain of gold.

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