• Title: Y No Se Lo Trago la Tierra/And The Earth Did Not Devour Him
  • Author: Tomás Rivera
  • ISBN: 9781558858152
  • Page: 470
  • Format: Paperback
  • Y No Se Lo Trago la Tierra And The Earth Did Not Devour Him This new edition of a classic novel about the migrant worker experience recounts the experiences of a Mexican American community through the eyes of a young boy Forced to leave their home in search of
    This new edition of a classic novel about the migrant worker experience recounts the experiences of a Mexican American community through the eyes of a young boy Forced to leave their home in search of work, the migrants are exploited by farmers, shopkeepers, and even other Mexican Americans, and the boy must forge his identity in the face of exploitation, death and diseasThis new edition of a classic novel about the migrant worker experience recounts the experiences of a Mexican American community through the eyes of a young boy Forced to leave their home in search of work, the migrants are exploited by farmers, shopkeepers, and even other Mexican Americans, and the boy must forge his identity in the face of exploitation, death and disease, constant moving, and conflicts with school officials.

    One Reply to “Y No Se Lo Trago la Tierra/And The Earth Did Not Devour Him”

    1. I don't read the horror genre. I guess some people get adrenaline spikes or delicious thrills reading about zombies, or preternaturally clever serial killers or suchlike; when I can bear to, I read novels like this fine translation of Rivera's brilliant work, which scour my soul with horror. Here is a powerful, unrelenting, extraordinarily vivid explication of the misery and grim, distorting effects of culturally sanctioned poverty. And, as such, it's an indictment of the culture that can permit [...]

    2. I found myself flipping through it on Christmas Eve and came across a story called The Night Before Christmas, so of course, I had to read it. The story was beautiful and heart-wrenching, mimicking real life for many poor immigrant families.I borrowed this one from a friend in an effort to save a few bucks on school books, but the more I read, the more I think I'm going to go ahead and buy my own copy. This is one I'll want to pick up long after this class is over.

    3. A detailed portrait of a Latino community is what Rivera managed to illustrate in his book. A community of the victims. A literature of the victims. Victims who, despite all adversities, never stop hoping.

    4. The very first page was amazing, but unfortunately the rest of the novel didn't really follow suit. That said, it was still a really good story, with moving characters and interesting writing.

    5. What at first seemed like a collection of short-stories or vignettes ended up being the rambling memories of a young boy. Disjointed and confusing, they reflect the state of mind of the character by the end of the novel. Each also reveals a different aspect of the life of a migrant worker during the 1940's and 1950's in America.Familial and societal bonds are stretched thin and broken due to the constant need to travel. Children and parents are challenged to balance the need for education for a [...]

    6. "And the Earth Did Not Devour Him" is an incomparable mix of voices and experiences that portray the life of the Mexican-American in the Southwestern United States during the 40s and 50s. With stream-of-consciousness, the author reveals the thoughts that consume and entertain the characters in a world where they seek to find their place. From a child who is expelled from school, to another who is the witness of a murder; from a mother who is afraid of going to the center to purchase gifts for he [...]

    7. The book deals with identity issues in a small California town. The main character is pulled toward his traditionalist Mexican culture by his family, drawn to the American-lifestyle as it spreads into the newly formed American West, and tied to a religious lifestyle by his fear of angering God. Throughout all of this, the protagonist has to come to terms with the fact that he belongs to none of these social circles.

    8. This book is very disjointed and difficult to decipher, but that really adds to the dream-like atmosphere. There is a lot of tragedy in it but it colors so directly and bluntly the struggles of the Mexican-American migrant workers who live in poverty and constantly have their lives uprooted to work, only to be met with poor working conditions, abuse, and scarcely any pay. Although a bit confusing and disorienting, it is an easy and gripping read.

    9. A story written out of time, making the reader feel disoriented. But with this disorientation comes a stronger focus on the scene and the emotions called forth. Everything is much more intense and immediate. A bit like going down the rabbit hole, the reader is forced to feel the broken hours and torn continuum of time that the displaced feel. Ingeniously written.

    10. Que literatura tan especial! Cualquiera se lo debe leer, pero especialmente aquellos que son chicanx. Con un poco de humor negro, aprenda de nuestra cultura y comunidad--lo bonita y lo malo. Aplaudo a Rivera por un excelente trabajo!

    11. The structure of this novel is not a traditional narrative, and I sometimes had trouble following the action, but eventually it all came together for me. I was deeply moved by the experiences related in the novel and I have decided to teach it in my English classes this year.

    12. La parte en inglés y la parte en español se me hacen súper distintas. Lo pasé bien leyendo pero no me mató.

    13. And the Earth Did Not Devour Him bounced around between migrant workers in a community without warning so felt a bit disjointed. The related readings continued with more structured stories.

    14. and the earth did not devour him was a truly inspiring book to read. these short stories give you more insight then a 2 hour documentary on the migrant farm workers experience. this book talks about love, friendship, family, illness, cruelty,etc. some of us have heard about the migrant workers struggles, if you have not then i encourage you to read this book or get some background information on the topic. if you want to learn about the experience but either never got to it, or just never found [...]

    15. The title of this book gives me a different thought about it. Eventhough there are hardships of being a Mexican raised in a farm, there is always a way to become someone better than youy can. Also, that the world is always against you and trying to see you fail, but you will be the one at the end to show who's the bigger person. A lost year, a year when a person is trying to figure out who who they really are. Full of questions and confusion, the narrator, is having a year in where he doesnt eve [...]

    16. I Believe this book was about how life can be thought to young people that some believe that everything they say can turn out to be true when really its more like to see if you are mature enough to see how well you take things how can they be solve or even how much it affects you basically prepare you for the real life depending if it will happen to you or not all does believes that our parents have of an example outing a glass of water under your bead for souls that's believes they have and its [...]

    17. This book was an incredible masterpiece. When i started reading it, i was kind of confused by the order of the vignettes. But then i kept reading it and started to understand how it was organized.I really truly loved the book. I personally loved it because i am Mexican. I was born in Mexico and came from Mexico to the United States. This really brings out the experiences from Mexican immigrants. For example, where some of these Mexicans die from diseases, dehydration, starvation, and exhaustion. [...]

    18. "And the Earth Did Not Devour him" is a heart-felt story of danger, love betrayal, fears, and the passion for the character's family. With twists and turns, this book is a story you will not want to put down. In this book, was surprised with the fact that all of the vinets connected at the end. I truly loved it. But, there were a few times in which it was extremely intense with all the things the author described. Also, with the short vinets that come after a long one, it was sometimes confusing [...]

    19. This book is split in half. The first half is written entirely in Spanish while the second half is in English. As a person who speaks no Spanish, it was cool to go back and forth from the two halves to get an understanding to what the words meant. This book gave a very interesting view into the migrant workers of the United States. Not only are there the testimonials from the people themselves, there are also little vignettes into each person's life.There are small aspects of dark humor througho [...]

    20. Mateo Grau-Rodríguez per 3 And The Earth Did Not Devour Him This book is a different type of book from what you normally read. It is fiction that tells a little bit about how farmworkers lives are. This book is written both in English and Spanish. Even though I am a native Spanish speaker, the Spanish in the book was very particular.This book describes how hard life is for farmworkers. In the book the young boy has to skip school to go work in the farms to earn money for hi [...]

    21. This book thought me how hard undocumented people have to work & dedicate their time to support their families and help them economically. Hoping the next day gets better and that their sons/daughter get to go to school & have a better education. Always with a fear to loose those that they love because they don't have papers, when they only come here looking for a second opportunity in life because life in Mexico isn't easy at all. With all that violence, anyone would leave everything be [...]

    22. Antonio Marez is six years old when Ultima enters his life. She is a curandera, one who heals with herbs and magic. 'We cannot let her live her last days in loneliness,' says Antonio's mother. 'It is not the way of our people,' agrees his father. And so Ultima comes to live with Antonio's family in New Mexico. Soon Tony will journey to the threshold of manhood. Always, Ultima watches over him. She graces him with the courage to face childhood bigotry, diabolical possession, the moral collapse of [...]

    23. I liked that I the book skipped around but still made sense. I liked how the book played with your emotions and set a mood. I also liked that there were poems and stories in the back of the book that were not just from Hispanic farm workers. This collage of stories pieces together the life of this migrant boy with bits and details of the highlights and I was appreciative of. The themes here are priceless and numerous which makes me understand how little themes can make a large impact on your lif [...]

    24. This is a beautiful book. Stop reading reviews and go read the book. For now, I've only read the English translation. (I'll have to read the Spanish version over the summer, when I have more time.)The writing techniques employed by Tomás Rivera do an incredible job of creating unity out of disjointedness. It could be a bit confusing at first because each story has a different narrator and is about a different person, but if you can remember that then it's quite clear and beautiful. " Y no se lo [...]

    25. This book was like a painting to me. It really explored the migrant worker experience. The vignettes were amazing. I liked how it was a story of a child growing up in this experience. I really feel bad for the boy in the story because he had to go through some tough stuff in his life. At times he did not know what to do in a situation and that made it like a mystery. This book did not only speak about Mexican migrant farm worker experiences, but the book also speaked through Japanese american ex [...]

    26. I thought that this book was a good overview of the migrant workers experiences. At some points it was very confusing, but it was still good. This book shows day to day struggles for these workers. It showed me a different perspective of the world, or on a smaller scale it gave me another perspective of the US. I enjoyed reading all the different vignettes, it gave the book character and style. They were each (for the most part) written by different authors, so they all had different stories and [...]

    27. My Spanish turned out not to be good enough to really read this, partly because of Rivera's use of so much colloquial language. So I really appreciated having the bilingual version: I was able to get what I could out of the Spanish and then fill in the gaps with the English.The work is composed of separate short vignettes, one for each month of the year, and is described in the introduction as "almost" forming a novel. The separate pieces are largely independent, but they're clearly intended to [...]

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