When Enrique is five years old, his mother, Lourdes, too poor to feed her children, leaves Honduras to work in the United States. The move allows her to send money back home to Enrique so he can eat better and go to school past the third grade.
Lourdes promises Enrique she will return quickly. But she struggles in America. Years pass. He begs for his mother to come back. Without her, he becomes lonely and troubled.
With gritty determination and a deep longing to be by his mother's side, Enrique travels through hostile, unknown worlds. Each step of the way through Mexico, he and other migrants, many of them children, are hunted like animals. Gangsters control the tops of the trains. Bandits rob and kill migrants up and down the tracks. Corrupt cops all along the route are out to fleece and deport them. To evade Mexican police and immigration authorities, they must jump onto and off the moving boxcars they call El Tren de la Muerte - the Train of Death.
Enrique pushes forward using his wit, courage, and hope - and the kindness of strangers. It is an epic journey, one thousands of immigrant children make each year to find their mothers in the United States.
Based on the Los Angeles Times newspaper series that won two Pulitzer Prizes, one for feature writing and another for feature photography, Enrique's Journey is the timeless story of families torn apart, the yearning to be together again, and a boy who will risk his life to find the mother he loves.
©2006 Sonia Nazario; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.
"The breadth and depth of Nazario's research into this phenomenon is astounding, and she has crafted her findings into a story that is at once moving and polemical." (Publishers Weekly)
I am a widow and mother of 2 grown up daughters. I listen to audibles every night at least 1 to 2 hrs. It relaxes me and I get to tell my girls about it. I love this activity. It keeps me out of trouble.
I was enlightened. A good book. A good narrator.
Nazario's reporting is excellent. She's taken a heart wrenching situation and woven in humanity to make it bearable.
Byers is a good reader for English but her Spanish takes away from her performance.
Absolutely a must-read. The story is a real eye-opener about the journey that South Americans take to get to the United States. The narrator however, sounds like a robot at times. Her voice is harsh and lacks the fluency that I have grown accustomed to in my other audible purchases.
If you would be informed about illegal aliens and their motivations and travails trying to get here, this book is a must. There is no sappy sentimentality or vilification of the US. If anything, the passages that describe how Mexican corrupt officials allow the rape, torture and murder of central American youth is damning.
Sonia Nazarino is a journalist who has tackled the issue of children of illegal immigrants traveling to the US to find their parents. At the outset, she details her methodology. She chooses one boy (Enrique) and reports about his multiple attempts to reach the US and his mother. To get the full story, she retraces his journeys - riding the trains, risking life and limb, and interviewing everyone she can in every town.
The result is a narrative following the life of Entrique and a journalist's report of what is happening as children seek to reach the US alone.
This is a book about illegal immigration that needs to be told. It is well written and the narration of Catherine Byers is excellent. Some may think the book is overly dramatic and that may be true. On the other hand, how can one relate the extreme conditions experienced by these children and not be somewhat dramatic?
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