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... y no se lo tragó la tierra ... and the Earth Did Not Devour Him

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Tomas Rivera's original Spanish-language novel plus a new translation into English by Evangelina Vigil-Pinon. ...y no se lo trago la tierra won the first national award for Chicano literature in 1970 and has become the standard literary text for Hispanic literature classes throughout the country. It is now an award-winning, motion picture entitled And the Earth Did Not Swa ...more
Paperback, 152 pages
Published January 1st 1992 by Arte Publico Press (first published 1971)
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Dec 26, 2007 Monica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found myself flipping through it on Christmas Eve and came across a story called The Night Before Christmas, so of course, I had to read it. The story was beautiful and heart-wrenching, mimicking real life for many poor immigrant families.

I borrowed this one from a friend in an effort to save a few bucks on school books, but the more I read, the more I think I'm going to go ahead and buy my own copy. This is one I'll want to pick up long after this class is over.
Sep 19, 2008 Jose rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jose by: A professor
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Feb 08, 2009 Jeanette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is absolutely amazing in Spanish. It details the hardships and terrifying times of the migrant workers in the 40s and 50s. I found the English translation to be a very good one, but it does not capture the true feelings that are expressed in the Spanish version. I enjoyed learning the history from a personal perspective instead of learning it in a typical histoy book. The author of this book is very creative in the way he intertwines the different voices of each story into one powerful ...more
My Spanish turned out not to be good enough to really read this, partly because of Rivera's use of so much colloquial language. So I really appreciated having the bilingual version: I was able to get what I could out of the Spanish and then fill in the gaps with the English.

The work is composed of separate short vignettes, one for each month of the year, and is described in the introduction as "almost" forming a novel. The separate pieces are largely independent, but they're clearly intended to
Apr 23, 2011 Aaron rated it liked it
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Johan Garcia
Apr 02, 2012 Johan Garcia rated it it was amazing
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Sergio Rodriguez
Oct 03, 2012 Sergio Rodriguez rated it really liked it
What does the title of this book mean to you? To me it means that evethough there were a lot of stuggles in all the stories, most of the protagonist managed to overcome their obstacles.
Do you think justice is based on religion,race, wealth, or education? Why?
Justice is based in all four key points because race and everything else affects the way others see you. If you're white, you're above everyone, if your Christian you are most respected then if you were a muslin, if you are wealthy people au
Oct 04, 2012 Cuauchtemoc rated it liked it
This book is made up of many difrentstories. each story conributes to the meaning and culture of the book. many big ideas i thought the bok represented were faith, justice religion racism and education.Through out the stories each theme represented showed me and changed my perspectve in each.In reading this book you et to kow alot about the aouthor, what i think tht the author and i have similiar is our culture,and ancestry. There are many difrences between the author and me such as difrent expe ...more
Ana Raudales
Oct 03, 2012 Ana Raudales rated it it was amazing
1.) To me the title of this book means that we can have a plethora of problems in our lives and how things will get better.

2.) In this book,A factor that influence/ determine our identity is the way our parents raised us, what they tough us, and the place that we were raised in.

3.) The boy, confused and curious, was raised in a farm. If I were to be a farm worker, my life will be hard, and probably i woulnt have an education. Insted of going to school i will be working. In the book, the boy talk
Oct 04, 2012 Judit rated it it was amazing
I Believe this book was about how life can be thought to young people that some believe that everything they say can turn out to be true when really its more like to see if you are mature enough to see how well you take things how can they be solve or even how much it affects you basically prepare you for the real life depending if it will happen to you or not all does believes that our parents have of an example outing a glass of water under your bead for souls that's believes they have and its ...more
Antonio Grijalva
Oct 04, 2012 Antonio Grijalva rated it it was amazing
The title of this book gives me a different thought about it. Eventhough there are hardships of being a Mexican raised in a farm, there is always a way to become someone better than youy can. Also, that the world is always against you and trying to see you fail, but you will be the one at the end to show who's the bigger person. A lost year, a year when a person is trying to figure out who who they really are. Full of questions and confusion, the narrator, is having a year in where he doesnt eve ...more
Oct 05, 2012 Jorge rated it it was amazing
And the earth did not devour him is such an amazing book filled with intence short stories that will get your mind sucked into the book ."Just reading the title And The Earth Did Not Devour Him" says crap interesting it sounds like i survived the worse.This book talks about death,troubles in life and lots of faith/superstition,and i can relate to it for example one of the mini stories is about a superstitious mother who always leaves a glass of water under her sons bed to keep him safe and in my ...more
Feb 08, 2013 Anapaula rated it really liked it
I thought that this book was very interesting, but confusing. It was a very good overview of the migrant workers experience. This books shows a lot of perspectives that we do not really pay attention to. I really liked hearing different vignettes of workers. Some I found to very depressing while others were very different. Each vignette was not the same. Each one had a different idea to it. They were not all the same. At many points of the book were very confusing. Since the book has many author ...more
Feb 08, 2013 Peyton rated it liked it
I thought that this book was a good overview of the migrant workers experiences. At some points it was very confusing, but it was still good. This book shows day to day struggles for these workers. It showed me a different perspective of the world, or on a smaller scale it gave me another perspective of the US. I enjoyed reading all the different vignettes, it gave the book character and style. They were each (for the most part) written by different authors, so they all had different stories and ...more
Feb 08, 2013 Kaya rated it really liked it
... and the earth did not devour him was a truly inspiring book to read. these short stories give you more insight then a 2 hour documentary on the migrant farm workers experience. this book talks about love, friendship, family, illness, cruelty,etc.
some of us have heard about the migrant workers struggles, if you have not then i encourage you to read this book or get some background information on the topic. if you want to learn about the experience but either never got to it, or just never f
Feb 08, 2013 Shelbysa rated it really liked it
This book was like a painting to me. It really explored the migrant worker experience. The vignettes were amazing. I liked how it was a story of a child growing up in this experience. I really feel bad for the boy in the story because he had to go through some tough stuff in his life. At times he did not know what to do in a situation and that made it like a mystery.

This book did not only speak about Mexican migrant farm worker experiences, but the book also speaked through Japanese american ex
Adrienne Lumpkin
Feb 08, 2013 Adrienne Lumpkin rated it liked it
My class literally just got done reading this book. In ways it can be sad, happy, interesting, and also a bit confusing. Tomas Reviera if you know has a different way of writing if you ever red one of his books he usually writes in vignettes and then brings the whole book to a close with a large vignette in the middle which is odd but you can make inceptions with the short stories he provides. But although it's interesting this isn't really my type of book I would read in my free time. This book ...more
This book was an incredible masterpiece. When i started reading it, i was kind of confused by the order of the vignettes. But then i kept reading it and started to understand how it was organized.
I really truly loved the book. I personally loved it because i am Mexican. I was born in Mexico and came from Mexico to the United States.
This really brings out the experiences from Mexican immigrants. For example, where some of these Mexicans die from diseases, dehydration, starvation, and exhausti
Cade Ivy
Feb 08, 2013 Cade Ivy rated it really liked it
I liked that I the book skipped around but still made sense. I liked how the book played with your emotions and set a mood. I also liked that there were poems and stories in the back of the book that were not just from Hispanic farm workers. This collage of stories pieces together the life of this migrant boy with bits and details of the highlights and I was appreciative of. The themes here are priceless and numerous which makes me understand how little themes can make a large impact on your lif ...more
Feb 08, 2013 Sheimmyuztariz marked it as to-read
The earth did not devour him might be a confusing book, but do not worry it is like one of the heart racing movies that start of in the middle and in the end the writer answers or tells you how it all happens.

This book captures your heart with each of the short stories. Some are depressing but it teaches you a lesson. An example might be like, do not judge other people, they might be going through a super difficult time. Another lesson might be value what you have and your family because any
Oct 17, 2015 Graham rated it it was ok
Shelves: translated
First I tried reading it in Spanish, but gave up because the sentences seemed so unclear / difficult to parse. I chalked it up to my poor Spanish. Then I began reading the English version, and again found the writing to be simultaneously sterile and vague, which I chalked up to a poor translation. Then I asked my wife, native Spanish speaker, to read some of the Spanish with me, and she had a hard time with it as well.

Suffice to say, the writing style was not for me. Several of the vignettes had
Sherwood Smith
I don't read the horror genre. I guess some people get adrenaline spikes or delicious thrills reading about zombies, or preternaturally clever serial killers or suchlike; when I can bear to, I read novels like this fine translation of Rivera's brilliant work, which scour my soul with horror. Here is a powerful, unrelenting, extraordinarily vivid explication of the misery and grim, distorting effects of culturally sanctioned poverty. And, as such, it's an indictment of the culture that can permit ...more
Juana Guerra
Feb 10, 2014 Juana Guerra rated it really liked it
I thought it was a really great book. It was a little confusing because it suddenly changed from stories. But i kinda caught on to it. I also liked that that i could relate to it. And i could feel as if i was living what they lived. Also as if i was the one who was going through all of those kinds of things. I really enjoyed the chapter where the guy stays with the two old persons, and later on gets to see through them, the real them, how they would still food and things. even to the part where ...more
Zabdiel Estrada
Feb 12, 2014 Zabdiel Estrada rated it liked it
This book thought me how hard undocumented people have to work & dedicate their time to support their families and help them economically. Hoping the next day gets better and that their sons/daughter get to go to school & have a better education. Always with a fear to loose those that they love because they don't have papers, when they only come here looking for a second opportunity in life because life in Mexico isn't easy at all. With all that violence, anyone would leave everything be ...more
Jayce Uribe
Jan 16, 2015 Jayce Uribe rated it liked it
Antonio Marez is six years old when Ultima enters his life. She is a curandera, one who heals with herbs and magic. 'We cannot let her live her last days in loneliness,' says Antonio's mother. 'It is not the way of our people,' agrees his father. And so Ultima comes to live with Antonio's family in New Mexico. Soon Tony will journey to the threshold of manhood. Always, Ultima watches over him. She graces him with the courage to face childhood bigotry, diabolical possession, the moral collapse of ...more
Lily Wangler
Feb 21, 2015 Lily Wangler rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful book. Stop reading reviews and go read the book. For now, I've only read the English translation. (I'll have to read the Spanish version over the summer, when I have more time.)

The writing techniques employed by Tomás Rivera do an incredible job of creating unity out of disjointedness. It could be a bit confusing at first because each story has a different narrator and is about a different person, but if you can remember that then it's quite clear and beautiful. "... Y no se
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This book is a different type of book from what you normally read. It is fiction that tells a little bit about how farmworkers lives are. This book is written both in English and Spanish. Even though I am a native Spanish speaker, the Spanish in the book was very particular.
This book describes how hard life is for farmworkers. In the book the young boy has to skip school to go work in the farms to earn money for his family. The author
Jul 13, 2016 Dana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school-books
This book is split in half. The first half is written entirely in Spanish while the second half is in English. As a person who speaks no Spanish, it was cool to go back and forth from the two halves to get an understanding to what the words meant.

This book gave a very interesting view into the migrant workers of the United States. Not only are there the testimonials from the people themselves, there are also little vignettes into each person's life.

There are small aspects of dark humor througho
Pep Bonet
Todavía no sé si es un cautro estrellas o mejor le debí dar tres. Se trata, en todo caso, de un libro curioso, hecho de pequeñas historias que trenzan un cañamazo que describe la vida de los mexicanos de Tejas en los años 50, en tiempos de la guerra de Corea. Las historias, que son enternecedoras, nos permiten conocer una población que vive en un mundo muy peculiar, con un contacto complicado con los "americanos". Su lectura me produce ternura y compasión, de lo que me avergüenzo, pero no puede ...more
Javier Garibay
Oct 04, 2016 Javier Garibay rated it liked it
Nonlinear snd confusing, but nevertheless, tapped into my personal experiences growing up as part of a farm worker family. Stories themselves were good but hard to follow along as a book.
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Tomás Rivera (December 22, 1935 – May 16, 1984) was a Chicano author, poet, and educator. He was born in Texas to migrant farm workers, and had to work in the fields as a young boy. However, he achieved social mobility through education—gaining a degree at Southwest Texas State University (now known as Texas State University), and later a PhD at the University of Oklahoma—and came to believe stron ...more
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