The Rain God

The Rain God By Arturo Islas, The Rain God Already a Southwestern classic as beautiful subtle and profound as the desert itself Arturo Islas s The Rain God is a breathtaking masterwork of contemporary literature Set in a fictional small town
  • Title: The Rain God
  • Author: Arturo Islas
  • ISBN: 9780380763931
  • Page: 206
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Rain God By Arturo Islas, Already a Southwestern classic as beautiful, subtle and profound as the desert itself, Arturo Islas s The Rain God is a breathtaking masterwork of contemporary literature Set in a fictional small town on the Texas Mexico border, it tells the funny, sad and quietly outrageous saga of the children and grandchildren of Mama Chona, the indomitable matriarch of the Angel clanAlready a Southwestern classic as beautiful, subtle and profound as the desert itself, Arturo Islas s The Rain God is a breathtaking masterwork of contemporary literature Set in a fictional small town on the Texas Mexico border, it tells the funny, sad and quietly outrageous saga of the children and grandchildren of Mama Chona, the indomitable matriarch of the Angel clan who fled the bullets and blood of the 1911 revolution for a gringo land of promise In bold creative strokes, Islas paints on unforgettable family portrait of souls haunted by ghosts and madness sinners torn by loves, lusts and dangerous desires From gentle hearts plagued by violence and epic delusions to a child who con foretell the coming of rain in the sweet scent of angels, here is a rich and poignant tale of outcasts struggling to live and die with dignity and to hold onto their past while embracing an unsteady future.
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    1. The only thing I don t like about this novel is that its gay author is already dead Died in 1991, of complications brought by AIDS, and while at work on just his third novel.He should have been allowed to finish it and write some His was a very unique voice he has the deft touch of a butterfly, light and subtle, a short, innocent phrase can gently pull your heart from your chest, abruptly but without violence, beating wildly and excitedly in expectation of what comes next This writer can take y [...]


    2. Too short to be an epic novel, too many characters that need to be fully developed to suffice as a short novel.There are some good scenes worth the read but it lacks completion Artuto Islas had great promise as a Chicano author, unfortunatley, he passed before reaching his heights.


    3. The late Arturo Islas left a literary legacy that was scant only two published novels, and others incomplete But his first, The Raid God reveals his extraordinary talent and unique voice The novel follows although non lineally three generations of the Angel family, who fled Mexico during the revolution and settled in a border town The novel shows their gradual integration into the American lifestyle, how they come to terms with their mixed identities, and the eccentric, almost surreal nature of [...]


    4. The writing was lovely, but there were too many characters that needed describing and The Rain God felt jumbled at times, like it wasn t sure where it wanted to go I enjoyed reading it, but I probably won t reread the book again I felt like I was reading a lot of character bios and descriptions and sometimes they linked together, but other times I forgot who was who The ending, however, is sweet and well written.


    5. Found this book in the street one day about five years ago and finally read it Almost put it down when there was illness mentioned after watching my parents die, that s the last thing I want to read in a story Surprisingly though for me the story drew me in.The author s portrait is somewhat sad, eerie in a way he died in 1991 at the age of 53 from complications of AIDS It is said this story is somewhat autobiographical.



    6. The Arturo Islas novel The Rain God is a novel about ancestry and heritage, and how people who exist between along the borders of other cultures create their own culture The rain god is many things, a complicated symbol of history, family and ancestry, but also life and death The rain god as a force emerges into many situations Take as an example the moment when Mama Chona is nearing death and Miguel Chico felt the Rain God come into the room this shows how the Rain God asserts itself as a force [...]


    7. When I first picked it up, I thought it was going to be this same old book about a boy coming to age while battling an identity crisis, but even with that the book focused primarily on the drama of the family It focused on individual characters and gave the story depth and perspective The Rain God by Arturo Islas has a very serious message to the story There are a lot of references to religions, especially Catholicism Throughout the story, there are a lot of references to the so called spirits I [...]


    8. When I first picked it up, I thought it was going to be a same old novel about a boy coming to age while battling this division of identity But even if the novel had pieces of that, it focused on the drama of the family It focused on individual characters and gave the story depth and perspective Possibly the most beautiful thing that carried this novel was the desert Interpreted in many different ways, the dessert was that little thread that tied everything other, finishing it flawlessly I abso [...]


    9. This book hits upon several Mexican American cultural touchstones Day of the Dead, the role of compadres, the Catholic religion, indigenous bias, machismo, the Mexican Revolution, border life, etc This was written by an intelligent author who knew how to develop the otherness inherent in Mexican American border life The Angel clan shows how a modern Mexican American family life ebbs and flows with painful memories and even painful, decisions, and it is agonizing to watch While heralded as alrea [...]


    10. This was assigned reading for a course, and was a follow up to Faulkner s family saga GO DOWN, MOSES It was infinitely easier to read sorry, Faulkner and easier to track the family members and associations At first, getting used to the very natural but sometimes confusing flow of information was tricky, but once immersed in the author s style I found it very easy to go along with it The story is wrenching, in parts It is about family, what they do for and to each other, and the prejudices that a [...]


    11. This is a really interesting novel Essentially a saga surrounding a family, there are a lot of characters and it can be difficult to get an idea of the family tree for the first few chapters having a chart of some kind included would have helped immensely Some of the characters aren t as well developed as others, but all of them have stories, and there s really no clear protagonist for the novel overall as each chapter focuses on a different family member.I enjoyed the author s writing style, ve [...]


    12. This is a dense little book I m reading it for an English class and I was, and still am, surprised by the simple power of the language It gives the impression of being effortlessly written on the surface, but the actual story is a layered mess of family history spread out over about 80 years and across two countries Powerful indeed The only reason that I m not giving it a four star rating is because it seems like a 180 page distillation of what modern Mexican soap operas, and many American prime [...]


    13. This book tells the story of the Angel family A Mexican family living in the United States and attempting to make a better life for themselves The story is neatly divided into chapters that deal with one part of the large family and, importantly, a death in the family Many family members are seen throughout the chapters, including ones that may have died in previous chapters so this book is no way chronologically organized It s clear that this book s focus is on the family so than anything But [...]


    14. This isn t a light read, in fact it s pretty depressing, yet it s a good read nonetheless Deals with death, racial identify, and family in very dark comical way There are so many characters that are related to each other that it makes it a bit difficult to keep up with them Nice smooth writing.


    15. Gorgeous and affecting book I hate the word affecting for the most part People use it too often, and it s become hackneyed however, in this case, I truly was affected I genuinely felt for these characters.


    16. It always make me sad to remember that this writer is no longer with us He was really, really talented This at times autobiographical story about family, life in El Paso, and being gay in a traditional Latino culture is a great introduction to Chicana o lit.


    17. I loved the book it takes rereading sections to get the characters straight, but it s totally worth it I love the picture of a family in all its complexity All the characters are real people, and I loved getting to know them and seeing them in different lights.










    18. I wasn t a big fan of this book I found it a little hard to follow But my book discussion group loved it they felt like it really accurately showed Hispanic life in this time frame.



    19. I had to read this book for my Hispanic Literature class I loved it The character development had me enraptured the whole time.The ending was sad.


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