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Shvoong Home>Books>Hunger of Memory Review

Hunger of Memory

Book Review   by:Mollyx     Original Author: Richard Rodriguez
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This extremely controversial book is the biography of Ricardo Rodriguez and follows his life from childhood, when he moved with his Mexican parents, brother and sister to a middle-class white California neighborhood. It never occurred to his parents that they could not live wherever they wanted to - and that has made all the difference in his life. From the bellowing neighborhood "gringos" to the nuns who encouraged his parents to speak only English at home, the story painfully describes the loss of Ricardo's mother tongue. As Spanish fades and "Richard", as he is now called, belongs more and more closely to the white English society in which he is educated, he describes the silence that falls between him and his family, despite their pride in his successes. Richard compares himself to the "scholarship boy" he reads about and rejoices in his integration even while mourning the loss of his culture and, in a way, his family ties and closeness. Rodriguez describes in-depth the forces that make him want to fit in to the dominant culture (including the shame he comes to feel for his parents’ faulty English and Spanish accents) as well as the processes involved in integration and the teasing he undergoes from his siblings and relatives for his desire to “become white ”.
This book came out in the 80's and was received with vicious criticism. This man, who has reaped the benefits of both bilingual education and affirmative action, they said, now has the gall to speak out against both?!? And this in a time when both were gaining ground politically and seen by the public as the ultimate solution to the "problems" brought on by multiculturalism. Hunger of Memory is unique in that one feels the politics throughout and, while the author's agenda is very clear the whole time, it is an extremely intimate and personal portrayal of a boy (and then a man) whose identity ultimately shapes his destiny.
Published: January 25, 2006   
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