Forged under the Sun/Forjada bajo el sol: The Life of Maria Elena Lucas available in Paperback
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- University of Michigan Press
The compelling oral history of a remarkable woman's life and political struggle
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Forged under the Sun/Forjada bajo el sol: The Life of Maria Elena Lucas based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Reviewed March 2001 Required reading for History 350, this is a auto bio of a Chicana organizer her childhood and her poisoning by pesticides. The book is peppered with excerpts from her diary and poems. Also included is a play about farmworkers she wrote. Her life was extremely difficult, she is the oldest child of 17, she regularly forgaged from garbage cans for food. She married at 15 to a husband who beat her and forced her to have 8 children. In reading I found out how miserable life can be for the very poor, it is still impossible for me to understand how people can stay in this lifestyle. Personally I do not care for this woman, I feel she could have done more for her friends and family if she had taken care of herself first. Owning a home, would have been more stable for her 8 children. She seems to feel that she needs to help everyone, harming herself in the meantime. I'm happy that she is able to express herself by writing and her story is worth reading. I'm sure the impact of her words will help me become a better person. 6-2001
This book is very realistic . when I was reading this book I felt like I was right there with her going through all the things that she went through. I have read alot of books but this one just blew me away. I recomend for every one to read this book.