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  • Paperback: 187 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group; Anchor Books ed edition (1 Dec. 1970)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385061188
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385061186
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.1 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,112,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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This book takes you back in time to the era of Pancho Villa and Pachucos. Its a great way for Mexican Americans to find about their history and the past. Its mainly about the struggle a boy goes through to fit in with the prejudice "Anglos"but he does not want to forget his Mexican roots . Also another major conflict his father's manhood and Machismo. It always got in the way of things and had a drastic affect on him.
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This book takes you back in time to the era of Pancho Villa and Pachucos. Its a great way for Mexican Americans to find about their history and the past. Its mainly about the struggle a boy goes through to fit in with the prejudice "Anglos"but he does not want to forget his Mexican roots . Also another major conflict his father's manhood and Machismo. It always got in the way of things and had a drastic affect on him.
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By A Customer on 27 Mar. 1997
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This is a wonderful story of an immigrant family from Mexico. The father has the hopes of one day returning to the Mexico of his past, but with each passing day in his new land his dream of returning fades away. As the family grows up and changes the realities of Life show that you can never return to your past or in other words "You can never go Home."
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8edd2198) out of 5 stars 13 reviews
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ee03bdc) out of 5 stars You Can Never Go Home! 27 Mar. 1997
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Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful story of an immigrant family from Mexico. The father has the hopes of one day returning to the Mexico of his past, but with each passing day in his new land his dream of returning fades away. As the family grows up and changes the realities of Life show that you can never return to your past or in other words "You can never go Home."
13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x922019a8) out of 5 stars Story full of adventures one after another. 3 Jun. 1998
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Format: Paperback
This book takes you back in time to the era of Pancho Villa and Pachucos. Its a great way for Mexican Americans to find about their history and the past. Its mainly about the struggle a boy goes through to fit in with the prejudice "Anglos"but he does not want to forget his Mexican roots . Also another major conflict his father's manhood and Machismo. It always got in the way of things and had a drastic affect on him.
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HASH(0x92224eb8) out of 5 stars An Authentic Read 10 Sept. 2008
By Rene M. Moncada - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Pocho is the perpetual story of becoming an American while retaining a Mexican ethnic identity. It's the struggle of defining what it means to be true to oneself. The cultural history combined with the elements of what constitutes the Mexican culture are true and authentic and at times a painful reminder of the reality of change. Truly an authentic snapshot of the Mexican-American experience.
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HASH(0x9219f2f4) out of 5 stars Good Book 28 May 2002
By Nolberto Meza - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a good book because many people can relate to the story in one way or another. The book shows the struggles that not just Mexican American people, but all other people who have been born in the U.S. by immigrant parents,have been through. Being Mexican American seems like it's always harder just as Richard witnessed as he was growing up. The reason I feel this is true is because if one is mixed with American they have to please the Americans as well as their family backrground. This is why Richard believed that he was American as he was growing up, but he wouldn't discriminate any other ethnic background. All this changed when he was older becasue he started noticing the discrimination against him and his people because now he was associating himself as Mexican.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ee03f90) out of 5 stars Story full of adventures one after another. 3 Jun. 1998
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This book takes you back in time to the era of Pancho Villa and Pachucos. Its a great way for Mexican Americans to find about their history and the past. Its mainly about the struggle a boy goes through to fit in with the prejudice "Anglos"but he does not want to forget his Mexican roots . Also another major conflict his father's manhood and Machismo. It always got in the way of things and had a drastic affect on him.
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