A Glass of Water

A Glass of Water

Jimmy Santiago Baca / Jun 26, 2019

A Glass of Water Award winning memoirist poet and activist Jimmy Santiago Baca has established himself as an inspiring and important spokesperson for the Chicano experience continually giving voice to the voiceles

  • Title: A Glass of Water
  • Author: Jimmy Santiago Baca
  • ISBN: 9780802119223
  • Page: 231
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Award winning memoirist, poet, and activist, Jimmy Santiago Baca has established himself as an inspiring and important spokesperson for the Chicano experience, continually giving voice to the voiceless His first novel, A Glass of Water is a gripping tale of family, loyalty, ambition, and revenge that takes us inside the tragedies unfurling along our country s borders HavAward winning memoirist, poet, and activist, Jimmy Santiago Baca has established himself as an inspiring and important spokesperson for the Chicano experience, continually giving voice to the voiceless His first novel, A Glass of Water is a gripping tale of family, loyalty, ambition, and revenge that takes us inside the tragedies unfurling along our country s borders Having made the nearly deadly journey across the border from Mexico, Casimiro and Nopal spend their days in the chili fields, building a life for their young sons But when Nopal is brutally murdered, the boys are left to navigate this capricious new world without her The elder son, Lorenzo, follows his father s footsteps, devoting himself to the land, and falling in love with a strong minded young woman who s come to their migrant camp to study the lives of its workers But Vito, hot blooded and restless, breaks away to find fame as an itinerant boxer, gaining notoriety inside the ring and out Eventually, the brothers journeys converge, bringing them face to face with a common enemy A Glass of Water is a searing, heartfelt tribute to brotherhood, and an arresting portrait of the twisted paths people take to claim their piece of the American dream.

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      • Jimmy Santiago Baca

        Jimmy Santiago Baca of Apache and Chicano descent is an American poet and writer.


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    1. I love Jimmy Santiago Baca's poetry so, when I was walking around the book store today and, "A Glass of Water" caught my attention, I sat down for a quick sip. It didn't take long for me to decide to buy the book. This is his first novel (according to the jacket) and it is incredible. It was so engaging that I read it entirely in one sitting - a 4 hour drink to be exact. I don't want to give any spoilers so I will be deliberately brief. The story is about two brothers whose divergent paths conve [...]


    2. This book had marvelous spots of prose ("As far as the eye could follow ran a continuous background of cottonwoods concealing the Rio Grande, a wall of leaves so dense that midday air was blue under it's canopy"), and a plot with a suprise twist, but I had trouble following the multiple POVs. They didn't quite patch together as well as, say, Sherrie Flick did in Reconsidering Happiness. I was at times confused, out of place in time, and wanted more of certain characters than others. Still, fans [...]


    3. I had heard of Jimmy Santiago Baca's poetry and this book caught my eye at the library. It was a quick read and filled with some really remarkable prose; there were many lines that I read two or three times in an attempt to commit them to memory. n. A Glass of Water examines the human toll of immigrant labor practices from the point of view of those inside the workforce, who believed in the myths of success and freedom only to realize too late that neither can be achieved because of a corrupt an [...]


    4. In the description alone the phrase "ever-elusive" American Dream, but in this novel Santiago Baca's main characters, the two brothers who are the center of the novel, do achieve their so-called American Dream to the extent that such a thing can ever be said to be truly had.Maybe I appreciate his honesty, his scathing critiques of our country while simultaneously giving his characters the wherewithall to claim their country and, if not to thrive in it, than to definitely find measures of success [...]


    5. I think this was Baca's first novel. He writes more short stories and poetry. Anyway, my fella really likes him, being from New Mexico and all, so I originally brought the book home for him. It's a very interesting story of a family and their progression through the years. The language was beautiful; you could tell Baca is a poet. I don't think I fully appreciated the actual words. Sometimes the stories are too interesting for me to pay attention to really beautiful, descriptive language. A lot [...]


    6. A Glass of Water is an important novel that should be read by all. It is a riveting story about the clash of ambition and loyalty, revenge and justice, as a family fights for survival and reinvents the American Dream. Mr. Baca boldly explores the brutal devastation of the U.S. immigration practices that are truly an atrocious affront to humanity. He shows this profoundly horrific reality without seeming predictable or didactic. It is a heartfelt and inspiring story about brotherhood and persever [...]


    7. I enjoyed this book. Style of writing is almost prose-like. Living in an area where there is a good-sized Latino population, this book brings out my empathy for these people who are simply searching for a better life for themselves and their families. It is unfortunate for them that they do not know how to/choose not to/ or are unable to move to the U.S. in a legal manner. Each of the characters in the book just don't seem quite developed enough for me to give this book a "4" rating.


    8. 3.5 stars on this one. There were moving and beautifully written parts of this book. I felt like the character of the father was pretty typical disability-as-metaphorical-tragedy, though. However, Baca's poetic gifts shine in here, and there's some awesome stuff about oppression, resistance and community-building. It's a good, quick read.


    9. Fast read, I cant decide what bothered me about this book. Either that the characters were not as developed as I would have liked or that I didnt like what parts of them developed as??? I cant put my finger on it. That being said I liked this book. I must have since I couldnt put it down.


    10. I kept thinking that I want a friend who is a 2nd generation Mexican American to read the book so we could discuss the book in light of her personal experiences. I was uncomfortable with the level of anger in the book. Well written, but sometimes hard to follow who was narrating at times.





    11. This was a good read. Although it was fiction, it gave a raw look into the life of migrant workers in the southwest.


    12. I enjoyed this book. Current day fiction from a chicano/mexican immigrant point of view. Very interested and entertaining.


    13. This tale of contemporary Mexican Americans affords Baca the platform from which he shows the dignity of struggle inherent in the lives of brown skinned people in the Southwest.



    14. Another small gem! This book was about a Hispanic family and their pursuit of the American Dream. Or Not.This book will break your heart; but worth the read. Beautifully written prose!


    15. Another contribution to border literature. Very poetic, maybe overly so. A fresh, sympathetic approach to the problems of migrant labor in the Southwest.



    16. Gave up halfway in.e writing was sparse and did not grab me the way I thought it would and OMG the cliche plot!!!! Two macho brothers fall for the same woman - come on!!


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