Beautifully and authentically rendered by actor and playwright Adrian Vargas, these twelve stories tell of the almost unendurable journey most migrant campesinos undertake to find the "American Dream." The recording concludes with an afterword recorded by the author. The Circuit is also available in Spanish as Cajas de Cartón.
©1997 Francisco Jiménez; (P)2001 Audio Bookshelf
This is the autobiographical story of the life of a child in a Mexican migrant farm worker family. The author tried to write a story which would be accessible to both children and adults. It is the story of a hard-working family faces most of the problems of a migrant family but the boy who is the narrator of the story very positively wins out over the problems until the man in the green uniform from the border patrol comes into his eighth-grade classroom and take him away.
I think every kid and adult should read something from Francisco Jimenez. He has written a powerful series of books about his experiences growing up as a migrant working, and working his way to a Columbia PhD. I had previously loved Taking Hold, about his time in graduate school, and fell in love with his character, family, and story. Then my daughter read Breaking Through and after I tried to convince her nonfiction can be interesting, she told me, "you're right, Dad, this was really good!"
The rich and thick descriptions of his life draw you in.
The fire that destroyed the familiy's first real house (as opposed to the makeshift shacks and tents usually provided by the farmer-employers).
I also listened to the version in Spanish, and it was equally wonderful.
I think a film SHOULD be made of this fine collection of well-structured vignettes: the tag line could be, 'an updated, and livelier, Grapes of Wrath'.
This colorful and poignant
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