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MACHO details seventeen-year-old Roberto Garcia's journey from the state of Michoacán, Mexico, to his illegal entry into the United States. His backbreaking work in the vegetable fields of California and the workers' divided sentiments over César Chavez's efforts to unionize the workers are chronicled in a style that many critics have compared to John Steinbeck. MACHO is a novel of the conflict of spiritual, social and economic values during the coming of age of a young Mexican.

http://www.victorvillasenor.com/books.html (Victor Villaseñor's Homepage)

Author Biography:

Victor Villaseñor was born on May 11, 1940 in the barrio of Carlsbad, California. He was raised on a ranch four miles north, in Oceanside. Both of his parents were born in Mexico, so until the age of five - when he entered the public school system - he spoke only Spanish. Faced with not only the language barrier but also heavy discrimination and a reading problem that was later diagnosed as dyslexia, Victor’s frustration continued growing to the point that he dropped out of high school in his junior year.

A visiting relative from Mexico urged Victor’s parents to send him to Mexico at the age of nineteen. While there, he discovered a wealth of Mexican art; literature and music that helped him recapture and understand the dignity and richness of his heritage. Excited by his Mexican experiences, Victor wanted to stay in Mexico and never return to the United States. His parents convinced him in a very powerful way that he must “not run away but return and make something of yourself”’..

Villaseñor returned to the U.S. at the age of 20. He begain to feel the old frustration and rage return. He describes himself as “a bombshell, ready to explode” as he witnessed again the disregard toward poor and uneducated people and especially toward the Mexicans. More...

http://www.victorvillasenor.com/bio.html (Victor Villaseñor's Homepage)

Websites about Victor Villasenor:

The Urban Dreams Project
"A U.S. Department of Education Technology Innovation Challenge Grant"

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