Jesse by Gary SotoJesse is a novel about a boy named jesse and his brother Abel living together during Cesar Chavez times.This book also takes place in Frenso,California.Hes only 19 years old.He moves out because hes tired of living with his mom(not speaking up for her self) and stepdad(being a jerk).Their dad died when they were little boys in a job inciddent.He now has to worry about community college and farm working at the same time.Him and his brother both work together to get the rent paid off.He meets new people and friends that lead him through different roads/paths and help him experience new things.Everything changes when bad news comes towards the end.His life and everything else is left in question.I would recommend this book to someone else.This book can relate to many people,it gives them a sense of reality.By reality I mean life of a immmigrant/mexican worker during their worst deppression.It gives many good examples of a mexican worker and what they go through. What I dislike about the book is that things dont come out the way you want them to. If somthing good was about to happen to him it had to be ruined somehow.What I do like about the book is that I can relate to it in alot of ways .I also like that I know and believe that what he goes through is true because of some of the events that happen in the story.The message this book tries to tell us is invalid because theres alot of them.Many involve around life and humans interacting with eachother and the basics of life.One theme in this book that really stands out is, things dont come out the way you want them to. By reading the book you can see what I mean.
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Soto has kept it alive in his poetry, essays, and fiction. He says that writing about second- and third-generation Mexican-Americans is, to him, writing about "the particulars of the world. He wrote down that he wanted to be "an urban planner," because he thought it sounded good. But then he discovered the Beat poets — Ginsberg and Ferlinghetti — and decided to be a poet. He went on to earn an M. He was only twenty-four when he published his collection The Elements of San Joaquin , which won a major prize.
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Mb Gary Soto : Jesse before purchasing it in order to gage whether or not it would be worth my time, and all praised Jesse: 0 of 0 people found the following review helpful. Even though I had felt that the story itself dragged on a bit, it was still a somewhat enjoyable read. The story revolves around Jesse and his brother, Abel, in the late s. In the beginning of the story, Jesse decides to drop out of high school and leave his life with his mother and alcoholic stepfather to go live with his older brother. He and Abel enroll themselves in a community college, where they try to balance working on a farm and their schoolwork. Abel studies Spanish and forestry, where Jesse mainly focuses on art. Their main goal was to stop living in poverty.