June 6 2013
Luis J. Rodriguez was born in the US/Mexico border in 1954, at the age of 2 his family moved to Los Angeles California, around the age of 8 they moved to San Gabriel Valley. One of his first documentaries is the Book called “Always Running La Vida Loca: Gang days in L.A”. The book narrows the struggles of the author during his childhood and adolescences in the active life of a gang member and of Chicano race. The author’s motivation to write many of the books he has written were his own experiences as a child he wanted other people to know and see the reality of the world they live in. This book shows the author as a brave teenager because of all the hardships that he had to go through all his life as well as getting the courage to tell the story to others from his perspective. A lot of the work written by Luis talks about his teenage years and learning to deal with his son Ramiro in taking him and protecting him from the gang life that he was once in. This book was in the middle of his career followed by man other accomplishments he was involved in Chicano Movement of the 1960s and 1970s making the publication of his book in between of all his great accomplishments. This book is great and very detailed story of every struggle that Chicano people went through and till this day continue to go through the story Always Running is just one example of the many different struggles that people go through to become equal in the eyes of others. I loved the book and look forward to reading the continuation in “It Calls You Back” also by Luis J. Rodriguez.
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