Villarreal illuminates here the world of "pochos," Americans whose parents come to the United States from Mexico. Set in Depression-era California, the novel focuses on Richard, a young pocho who experiences the intense conflict between loyalty to the traditions of his family's past and attraction to new ideas. Richard's struggle to achieve adulthood as a young man influenced by two worlds reveals both the uniqueness of the Mexican-American experiences and its common ties with the struggles of all Americans -- whatever their past.
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Review: PochoUser Review - Lilly - Goodreads
What a trailblazing book! Even if the writing was unimpressive more often than I would have liked, I bow to Villarreal for the story he was able to deliver in 1959. Thanks for breaking down the door, man. Read full review
Review: PochoUser Review - Laura - Goodreads
I loved the conflict between two identities. Richard at times has to decide whether he wants to give in to this Americanization that comes with living here as well as keeping with the traditions that ... Read full review