Always Running book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. The award-winning and bestselling classic memoir about a young Chic . Always Running by Luis J. Rodriguez - The award-winning and bestselling classic memoir about a young Chicano gang member surviving the dangerous. Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A. is a autobiographical book by Mexican-American author Luis J. Rodriguez. In the story of the book.
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At times heartbreakingly sad and brutal, Always Running is ultimately an uplifting true story, filled with hope, insight, and a hard-earned lesson for the next generation. Get a FREE e-book by joining our mailing list today!
The son of Mexican immigrants, Luis J. Rodriguez began writing in his early teens and has won national recognition as a poet, journalist, fiction writer, children's book writer, and critic.
Visit him at LuisJRodriguez. A permanent testament to human courage and transcendence. Here's truth no television set, burning night and day, could ever begin to offer.
That Rodriguez's memoir takes place Gang Days in L. With a job and a mentor, Luis comes to believe in himself. He is soon painting murals through another city-based program, and on his way to a broadcast journalism degree.
Then he sees police beating a Chicano woman and intervenes, earning himself a charge of assault on a police officer. He loses time in school and contracts for art projects along with a book contract. While living at the very edges of the gang, he refuses to partake in a cigarette laced with PCP and is rewarded by seeing others also refuse. Just as he's imagining the good he could do with these young men, other gang members approach and shoot at him - missing on purpose but making their warning perfectly clear.
Luis is aided in his escape from the neighborhood and later marries and has a child. At a family gathering, he is approached by a disfigured member of a rival gang member, bent on revenge.
I was already convinced of the importance of community centers, but to see read about them actually engaging gang youth in improving their lives was very moving. It also seemed to inspire Rodriguez, who now does speaking engagements at high schools and youth centers across the country, telling his story.
One creative decision that I did not entirely enjoy was the non-linear storytelling. Rather than following Luis chronologically through his life, we are treated to snippets from here and there, usually mediations on a theme. I was able to overlook this stylistic choice and even, eventually, forget about it. Extremely powerful, and left me thinking about it long after I read the last page. This book is just as important now as it was when it was first published in , and I highly recommend it to everyone.
Yes, everyone. Read this book now! I received my copy free for review from Open Road through NetGalley.