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Lost Children Archive: Our Background is Our Saviour

The last half of Lost Children Archive was bitter-sweet for me. I knew that this would be the final chapters of this class yet was excited to uncover the final messages of Luiselli’s book.I continued reading and found one resounding concept pour through the pages: our beliefs, no matter where they come from, allow usContinue reading “Lost Children Archive: Our Background is Our Saviour”

Lost Children Archive: How to Shape a World View

While reading the first half of Lost Children Archive, I was struck by the constant idea of how Valeria and her partner’s parenting and interests shape their own kids’ perceptions about the world around them. This concept of developing a world view, of course, is paralleled throughout the book with the constant discussion about refugees’Continue reading “Lost Children Archive: How to Shape a World View”

The House on Mango Street: A Tale of Sexual Assault

The House on Mango Street! Wow. This book has so many themes and major ideas that it discusses in such a short format. Every page offers so much insight and such profoundness that I was blown away. One theme in particular that kept reoccuring was that of sexual assault and the subordination of women. ThisContinue reading “The House on Mango Street: A Tale of Sexual Assault”

Bless Me, Ultima: Lost Innocence and New Discovery

The last half of Bless Me, Ultima was quite hard to get through as there were many violent and thought provoking scenes. For example, when the boys outside the church pretend that Antonio is a priest and they confess their worst sins to him; very difficult to get through as both Antonio and the confessorsContinue reading “Bless Me, Ultima: Lost Innocence and New Discovery”

Bless Me, Ultima: Who Knows What to Think

I have been pretty impressed with myself, a person who had not take a liking to books before this year, getting through texts like With His Pistol in His Hand and the Squatter and the Don. However, though I understand Bless Me, Ultima, I am struggling to piece together a bigger picture idea and connectContinue reading “Bless Me, Ultima: Who Knows What to Think”

The Use of Language: Emotion has no bounds

The books we have read in 322 really have reinforced by belief that language, no matter how subtle, can reach the very core of a reader. Especially in the two texts With His Pistol In His Hand and Down These Mean Streets, the use of language invokes a strong feeling of pride or heartbreak. InContinue reading “The Use of Language: Emotion has no bounds”

Down These Mean Streets: “You can’t make yesterday come back today.”

The last half of Down These Mean Streets tackled the prevalent division in society mainly concerned with race. These conflicts result in stereotypes, discrimination, brawls, and identity crises. Though there were numerous key ideas in Thomas’s memoir, I want to analyze the attitudes of racial identity and societal disturbance regarding 3 important characters; Brew, GeraldContinue reading “Down These Mean Streets: “You can’t make yesterday come back today.””

Down These Mean Streets: “Pops… you love us all the same, right?”

In reading the first half of Down These Mean Streets I recognized a major theme that was apparent in every single chapter: belonging. In the beginning chapters, there is a constant reaffirmation that Piri feels like his father does not treat him (or even love him) the same as his siblings. He wants his father’sContinue reading “Down These Mean Streets: “Pops… you love us all the same, right?””

With His Pistol in His Hand: Part Two

In reading the last half of With His Pistol in His Hand, what stood out to me was the profound history of the transformation of the corrido and also the slight word choices (and verb tenses) that added to the imagery and storytelling of the story of Gregorio Cortez. The legend of Gregorio Cortez toldContinue reading “With His Pistol in His Hand: Part Two”

With His Pistol in His Hand: Part One

While reading With His Pistol in His Hand I thoroughly enjoyed reading the legend of Gregorio Cortez. I love how Cortez is said to have been feared across Texas and could strike fear into the hearts of 300+ armed men with a glance. The supernatural power of the sorrel mare also was quite impressive asContinue reading “With His Pistol in His Hand: Part One”