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  • Title: The Miraculous Day of Amalia Gómez
  • Author: John Rechy
  • ISBN: 9780802138477
  • Page: 385
  • Format: Paperback
  • In The Miraculous Day of Amalia Gomez, Amalia Gomez thinks she sees a large silver cross in the sky A miraculous sign, perhaps, but one the down to earth Amalia does not trust Through Amalia, we take a vivid and moving tour of the other Hollywood, populated by working class Mexican Americans, as John Rechy blends tough realism with religious and cultural fables to takeIn The Miraculous Day of Amalia Gomez, Amalia Gomez thinks she sees a large silver cross in the sky A miraculous sign, perhaps, but one the down to earth Amalia does not trust Through Amalia, we take a vivid and moving tour of the other Hollywood, populated by working class Mexican Americans, as John Rechy blends tough realism with religious and cultural fables to take us into the life of a Chicano family in L.A Epic in scope and vision, The Miraculous Day of Amalia Gomez is classic Rechy.
    The Miraculous Day of Amalia G mez In The Miraculous Day of Amalia Gomez Amalia Gomez thinks she sees a large silver cross in the sky A miraculous sign perhaps but one the down to earth Amalia does not trust Through Amalia we take

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    1. Amalia Gomez is a Hispanic single mother trying to come to terms with her past and present She is a complex character who at times you feel sorry for Other times, you she is frustratingly single tracked She tries to come to terms with her past while ignoring her present and at the expense of her kids Rechy creates a tapestry His use of diction to portray a disenfranchised single mother in Los Angeles is chilling and spot on I am not Amalia Gomez, but I have encountered a lot of Amalias in real l [...]

    2. Actual rating 2.5Amalia was a very irritating character to me I felt like she always made herself the victim when clearly a lot of the things are her fault Yes, some things were out of her control, such as being abused by her dad, emotionally abused by her mother, and physically emotionally abused by Salvador And a few partners well all except Raynaldo hurt her But besides all that Everything else she had a way of avoiding the outcomes She could have taken things in controlled but then not Inste [...]

    3. I very highly recommend this book This is my first experience with Rechy s writing but it will certainly not be my last What a talented writer The book is very short but extremely powerful And he describes Los Angeles so perfectly not the LA that most people know, but the neighborhoods If you ve ever been in East LA or the other side of Hollywood, you will recognize it immediately I did some teaching work in East LA for a while at a school of predominantly Latino children, and his descriptions o [...]

    4. Amalia is a devout Roman Catholic but doesn t seem to like anyone, including herself, very much at all She thinks she is superior for some reason because she is a Mexican American, as opposed to a Mexican or Central American immigrant, sort of the type who would feel very threatened and invaded when and if a non Hispanic were to speak to her in Spanish Yet, she is to be pitied, indeed She is stuck in the cycle of poverty, with cruddy men, a son who committed suicide in a jail, another who is a h [...]

    5. A criminally underrated, underrecognized novel I felt as if I were Amalia Gomez Rechy enables us to identify with her She represents those who lose, or are lost, in the postmodern, late capitalist environment It s a devastating novel.

    6. It s been a long time since I ve read anything by Rechy and this gives me a new appreciation for his work.

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