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As the preface of this admirable but ultimately disappointing memoir states, Rodriguez, an award-winning poet and publisher of the small press Tia Chucha, decided to document his youth as an East Los Angeles gang member in an effort to steer his teenaged son, Ramiro, away from the gang that he recently joined. A member of various Latino gangs based in and around the South San Gabriel Valley during the late 1960s, Rogriguez participated in random acts of violence, and was imprisoned on several occasions for the crimes he committed. Unfortunately, he offers frustratingly little detail behind the facts of his life and activity in the gangs. Rodriquez presents colorful characters and highly charged events, such as shootings, Mexican funerals, rapes and arrests, but his writing style renders much of that rich material forgettable.
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Every spiky anecdote from a life of guns, razors, uppers, downers, glue, heroin, sex, and early death supports this former gang member's view of the violence as collective suicide. That Rodriguez's memoir takes place...before the '92 L.A. riots only makes this beautifully written and politically astute account more compelling.
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As he was growing up, Rodriguez had a vivid lifestyle in which he had witnessed countless shootings, racism, beatings, and several other negatively hard crimes. Read morePublished on March 22 2004 by Raul Rivera
It's about a lifestyle of a young child, growing up in the streets of Los Angeles, Luis J. Rodriguez writes about his vivid life, encountering racism, killings,cruicial beatings,... Read morePublished on March 22 2004 by Guillermo Murillo
I read this book about ten years ago for the first time. My son was being "courted" by a gang in our area and a fellow parent recommended it. It did not help. Read morePublished on March 15 2004
Always running is the best book I have ever read. This book tells us what's happening around the world. Read morePublished on Dec 8 2003 by Martin
Always Running was a very powerful book, it's poetic writing and creative detail gave the book a life-like twist. Read morePublished on Dec 5 2003 by Juan "Daddy" Contreras
I think this book is well written. It tells a lot of truth about what the life is about, but i feel that rodriuez is portrayed as courageous for escaping the street life when he... Read morePublished on Nov. 21 2003 by Lady Scorpio
This book is extraordinarily catching.I read it for an English class, and am glad I did. It opens the readers eyes to another world that only one who has lived it can tell of. Read morePublished on Nov. 5 2003 by Miguel Medina
Luis Rodriguez's autobiographical account of his childhood in East Los Angeles presents an opportunity for the reader to gain valuable knowledge and insight into a... Read morePublished on Sept. 30 2003
Luis Rodriguez' autobiography should be required reading in every high school in America. No exceptions. I finished it today, shed some tears, and said, "wow." Mr. Read morePublished on Sept. 6 2003 by D. Scott