Seminal moments, rites of passage, crystalline vignettes--a memoir about growing up brown at the U.S./Mexico border.The tradition of retablo painting dates back to the Spanish Conquest in both Mexico and the U.S. Southwest. Humble ex-votos, retablos are usually painted on repurposed metal, and in one small tableau they tell the story of a crisis, and offer thanks for its suc...
|Title||:||Retablos: Stories from a Life Lived Along the Border|
|Number of Pages||:||168 pages|
Retablos: Stories from a Life Lived Along the Border Reviews
This sensitive portrayal of growing up in El Paso's lower valley captures the rich emotions and complex culture of life on the border during the 1960s and 1970s. Solis beautifully evokes the contradictory forces that shaped life for many of us during that bittersweet time of change in a harsh environment softened by a community's kindness, humor, and perseverance.
I loved this book. Great writing. Vivid storytelling. The vignette about Diary of Anne Frank reminded me of everything I love about theatre and brought me to tears.
With this collection of richly reconstructed scenes from his childhood and youth, Octavio Solis has created a vibrant collage of memories with an energy that reverberates throughout the reading experience. Passing through remembrances and thus musings on familial love and conflict, young passion and lust, a child's sense of freedom and constraint, racial conflicts across and alongside the border, one leaves this book a little wiser and also wondering about the lessons buried in our own stories.
These vignettes about growing up a child of Mexican immigrants along the US/Mexico border were charming and touching and full of life. He is a beautiful writer and these stories flow easily. 4.5⭐ ...more
An excellently written series of vignettes about growing up in El Paso, which mixes memory and fiction. A homage in tightly written prose to familias and best friends and the Lower Valley and those of us who loved growing up in El Paso, however poor, despite the pain and confusion, and certainly because of the adventure and independence of being a young brown kid on the border.