New York, NY, USA
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  • Cuando Era Puertorriquena (Texto Completo) [When I was Puerto Rican ]

  • By: Esmeralda Santiago
  • Narrated by: Esmeralda Santiago
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143

From a rippled zinc shack in rural Puerto Rico to "the better life" in a decaying Brooklyn tenement, Esmeralda Santiago's Puerto Rican childhood is one of sorcery, smoldering war between the sexes, and high comedy. Hers is a portrait of a harsh but enchanted world that can never be reclaimed.

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  • By Lylye on 12-05-08

takes you back in time

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-21-07

Listening to Esmeralda Santiago tell this story took me back to when I was Puerto Rican. I was 5 yrs old when I first came to NY and now at 55 yrs old I can still remember a few things from Puerto Rico and the school days here in NY. The time when I was also put back a grade because I didn't speak English.
If you want to relive those good old days when you was Puerto Rican I would buy this book and the one that follows "Casi una mujer" which I am about to do as soon as I post this review. God Bless, Miriam

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