The Children of Sánchez
A pioneering work from a visionary anthropologist, The Children of Sánchez is hailed around the world as a watershed achievement in the study of poverty a uniquely intimate investigation, as poignant today as when it was first published.
It is the epic story of the Sánchez family, told entirely by its members Jesús, the 50-year-old patriarch, and his four adult children as
I first ran across this book in highschool back in the 1970s, and then a film was made based on the characters, with a soundtrack by Chuck Mangione which was very popular. (I later saw the film, ...more
The basic things most of us take for granted (privacy in your house, in the bedroom, in the toilet even!) are exactly the things poor families like the Sanchez lack, and this leads to all s ...more
How a family survives on seemingly scraps is amazing to read. Also interesting is: how event accounts vary between family members; live in industrial, post-revolution Mexico; how a city deals with large population growth; the effect ...more
I grew up listening to the soundtrack of the movie made from this anthropological study. It's fascinating to me to, now, rea ...more
Anyways, I do appreciate Lewis' effort to gather this huge amount of data and organize them in a story-formed documentary.
Very interesting piece in term of an exposé of impoverished Mexican family life. I would question whether some of the content has been sensationalised by the contributors or the author to exaggerate the barbarism of everyday life...