A long word, or characterized by the use of long words.
His first novel Pocho was released in a hardcover edition by Doubleday in Shasta on January 13, I was a graduate student at UCLA and had selected the paperback edition of Pocho as a reading assignment while tutoring Chicana inmates detained at Corona Institute for Women.
I had sent Villarreal a letter suggesting I work on a Spanish translation of Pocho and his response, written in a graceful and ornate script, was prompt: I accepted the invitation. On our first meeting, I saw Richard Rubio in the adult Villarreal: I also noticed that on a nearby table stood a bottle of tequila; before our meeting, Villarreal had enjoyed half of its contents.
In a semi-humorous tone, he pointed with a smoldering cigarette to the memory of several boxes with copies of the hardcover edition of Pocho he had stored in his garage for many years. Doubleday had paid him in part with hundreds of unsold copies of Pocho.
After giving away free copies to neighbors and to most of his family, one day he ordered the remaining boxes to be disposed by the garbage collector. We did not talk about the translation, but I got the point.
He assured me that this was his best novel yet. We drank another glass of tequila and continued with our conversation.
I would have to wait until the summer of for the opportunity to translate Pocho. Meanwhile things were turning hazy around me as I listened and sipped tequila, so I rushed a few questions.
Villarreal informed me that his decision to be a writer was reached shortly before graduating with a B. His plan was to write a cycle of four novels—he referred to it as a tetralogy—that would constitute a vast social landscape depicting the dispersion of a Mexican family through three generations, illustrating various modes of acculturation to urban life in the United States.
Villarreal had given me a clue to his narrative cycle: Evidently Pocho corresponded to the first tragedy in the narrative cycle, with satire forthcoming. Of the four novels initially proposed, only the first two reached print. When Villarreal made the decision to be a writer, the United States and the world for that matter were very different.
Richard grows up in a multicultural, working-class neighborhood, with families having Portuguese, Spanish, Anglo American, Japanese, and Italian ancestries. On the contrary, Richard represents an ideal cognitive level individually attained in a multicultural and interlingual horizon, but taken away by the hard realities prevailing in the United States, especially for people of Mexican origin, before the Second World War.
In After Babel, George Steiner illuminates this point as follows: In certain civilizations there come epochs in which syntax stiffens, in which the available resources of live perception and restatement wither.
Instead of acting as a living membrane, grammar and vocabulary become a barrier to new feeling. A civilization is imprisoned in a linguistic contour which no longer matches, or matches only at certain ritual, arbitrary points, the changing landscape of fact.
What is clear is that Villarreal composed a novel that is critical of Mexican rural traditions but not of metropolitan Mexican cultureand of anti-Mexican attitudes in the United States during the ss, finding its proper scope in a transnational horizon or interlingualism which, at the moment of its writing in the s, no doubt galvanized Pocho against nationalisms on both sides of the Mexico-U.
A war veteran of the Second World War, Villarreal must have felt uneasy in relation to any nationalist expression, no doubt associating it with totalitarian ideologies that he fought against during the war, or with cultural values that he found narrow and provincial.
The scene leans heavily on the side of irony: Cirilo has been introduced at the beginning of chapter 7, ready to move to Milpitas so he can keep his wife Macedonia and his niece Pilar from walking away with other men. Soon the rains will come, and once again you will be up to your colon in mud and water.
Undeniably, Juan is true to his name as a Don Juan. However, instead of correcting Juan with courage and prompt resolve, Cirilo shames his wife in front of a friend, and soon pays dearly for this violation of marital trust.
She greets Juan Rubio with a telling phrase: With an understatement that seems more English than Mexican, Villarreal limits the meeting of the adult friends involved in a love triangle to a few lines: But I can read and write in the Spanish, and I taught myself from the time I had but eight years.
The reader, however, knows something that Pilar ignores: The reader is given a vantage point that reveals what Richard does not know at this juncture: Juan was also seeing his wife as she had been long ago.Anguished by changes in his native Russia brought by modernization, Raskolnikov—the protagonist in Crime in Punishment —finds in Alyona Ivanovna, the moneylender, a symbol of Russia’s growing emphasis on money.
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