He walked in and sat down, and other stories
The stories in this bilingual collection portray the everyday lives of a cross-section of Chicano men and women in the contemporary U.S. Here are workers living in the chaparral around the San Diego border with Mexico, battered wives, farmworkers, divorced women rebuilding their lives, a traveling salesman, and conflicted academics. In direct and hard-edged prose, the author gives voice to the disenfranchised and alienated. The narrative perspective changes from story to story, portraying the experiences of what could become classic characters in Chicana fiction.
"Sanchez brilliantly and sensitively portrays the hard life of undocumented Mexican men and women working in the United States. She is a masterful storyteller able to weave suspense from the first to the last sentence. Written with the style reminiscent of Tomas Rivera and Juan Rulfo, each narrative conveys a message difficult to forget."--Maria Herrera Sobek, University of California, Santa Barbara
"Sanchez is a storyteller, interweaving voices at once unheard or unspoken. The characters in these stories range from the disenfranchised to Chicano/a academics, but all struggle to have their stories told."--Helena Viramontes
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He walked in and sat down, and other storiesUser Review - Book Verdict
Variations on the theme that "being Mexican is being an undocumented alien," these 17 stories by noted linguist S nchez (literature, Univ. of California, San Diego) explore the exploitation of Mexican Americans as represented by a cross-section of academics, migrant workers, salesmen, and fast-food workers. Unlike the usual stories of social realism that are just slices of life, these tales pack a wallop with their real characters and real plots, often culminating in a surprise ending. "One Morning: 1952," with its indictment of American racial hypocrisy, and "One Night," calling for liberation of the oppressed Chicana, are but two of several memorable selections. Unlike other bilingual collections, the stories are reproduced sequentially rather than facing each other. Though most have appeared previously in Spanish, this retrospective marks the first time they appear in English. Very highly recommended.DLawrence Olszewski, OCLC Lib., Dublin, OH ...
Review: He Walked in and SAT Down and Other StoriesUser Review - Sonja - Goodreads
Bilingual edition -- means each story appears in two versions, English and Spanish. It's fascinating to see how the translator and author both made use of code-switching, to think about the specific ... Read full review