THE DARK SIDE OF THE DREAM ~
Book review and technical detail THE DARK SIDE OF THE DREAM ~ Alejandro Grattan-Domínguez
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|Title||THE DARK SIDE OF THE DREAM ~|
|Category||Fiction & Literature|
|Publishing Date||1st January, 1970|
A standard-issue ballsy account of two Mexican-American families pitched hither and yon by the actual vicissitudes of the mid- 20th century. Miguel Salazar is on the bend of adolescence aback his dying grandfathering commands his sons to booty their families to America and not to appear aback to Mexico afore they've squirreled abroad $5,000. After a agonizing barter blow on the way to the border, Miguel's ancestors is afar from his uncle Francisco's family. Miguel's father, a blue-blooded Mexican who spends best of time absent about his closing return, goes to assignment in an icehouse in El Paso, Texas, while his brother, Francisco, ends up alive a acreage in the Rio Grande Valley. Miguel, meanwhile, undertakes a alternation of jobs, one of which acreage him in a administration store, area he avalanche for a counter-girl, admitting his angel abide barren for the continuance of the novel. The book divides into two parts, the aboriginal of which follows Miguel through the frustrations of activity in the barrio afore sending him off to Italy to action in WW II. Aback in the States, the bounded hero becomes an indigenous figure for a abandoned architecture operation; aback houses alpha falling down, Miguel splits boondocks and finishes his allotment of the adventure at a gas station. Francisco's bisected is livelier: He tries to adapt the Mexican farm-laborers into a union, with anticipated results. Hands, heads, and hearts are bashed, but this plotline does advance to some suspense-filled moments at the end, including a agitated near-rape and the hijacking of a accompany of actionable immigrants. A not decidedly acclaimed up-by-the-bootstraps, yearning-for-a-place admission noveland never as able as it wants to be.
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