by Jose Antonio Villarreal

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Jose Antonio 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385061186
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/28/1970
Edition description: Anchor Books ed
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 384,870
Product dimensions: 5.18(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.41(d)

About the Author

Jose Antonio Villarreal was born in California, where he spent most of his life, although he traveled extensively over the course of the years. The son of a Mexican migrant worker, he received a degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1950 after four years in the navy. He then lived and taught in Mexico, Colorado, California, and Texas. He is the author of The Fifth Horseman, Clemente Chacon, and Pocho. He died on January 10, 2010.

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Pocho 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'There are but three things that can say I have learned for myself. First, i know that one should never discuss matters of sex with one's parents. Second, one should not, on penalty of going to Hell, discuss religion with the priests. And, last, one should not ask questions on history of the teachers, or one will be kept in after school.' This is the world of 'pochos,' Americans whose parents came to the United States from Mexico. In the California depression era, the novel follows Richard's life--a young pocho--as he experiences the intense conflict between loyalty to the traditions of his family's past and the new world he has been transplanted to. Richard's struggle to achieve adulthood is as universal to every youth as those who have been influenced by two worlds: the uniqueness of the Mexican American traditions and how they interact with the struggles of every American--whatever their past.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a must read for every first-generation Mexican American trying not to forget his Mexican roots but at the same time contribute and participate in the great American experience. Even though most of the story takes place during the middle part of the 20th century many of the situations the main character experiences were relevant when I was growing up in the late 60's and 70's. The book does an awesome job of capturing the good and bad aspects of human nature such as racism and inter-racial relationships that even today cause tension among all cultures. This has got to be on the bookshelf of all libraries as a classic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well, this book portrayed a real life situation that i could relate to. The main character made me reflect upon myself. As I progressed through the book, the main characters life seemed to be just like mine used to be, with all the turmoil and emotions that happen in every hispanic's life. I recommend this book to those who would like to get an insight at a Hispanic's life, and to all the Hispanics out there, i recommend the book in order for it to make you think about your life and how it is going up to now.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this book is a really good book because you can really relate to it in a lot of different ways. Like how hard it is to fit in socitey when your a mexican american. It also takes you back to the ere of Pancho Villa. One of the biggest problem he has to go throw is he dad's machismo. Discrimenation is one of the biggest proplem in his life as he is growing up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book years ago and have been searching high & low for it. At the time, it was the first book that I could identify with. This book was about me, and the turmoil I felt being bi-cultural. Was I American, Mexican, Chicano, Latino, Hispanic, what???? This book helped me realize that whatever choice I made, it was ok; as long I was true to myself. I enjoyed it so much, that I'm buying copies for my nephews & nieces!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The novel accurately portrays the generational and cultural struggles between being Mexican and a 'Pocho'--an Americanized Mexican. The novel was very well written and reads quickly. I have read this novel twice. :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story of Richard is so real it jumps out of the book. Identifying with Richard was inevitable for me; it was actually eerie at points. The book shows the questions and frustrations of all people who arrive to a new country or whose roots are different from their present country. It is a story that allows some people to be understood and helps enlighten others.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is essential reading for anyone interested in Chicano literature. I spoke with the author at UCR. He loved his book, as I did.