American Son has ratings and 45 reviews. Rachelle said: Realistic and edgy portrayal. I know exactly what the two brother, Tomas and Gabe feel, and h. American Son is a novel that was written by American author Brian Ascalon Roley and published by W. W. Norton & Company Publishing in paperback format in. Tomas is the son who helps pay the mortgage by selling attack dogs to rich people .. Excerpted from American Son by Brian Ascalon Roley.
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Return to Book Page. It is a realistically rendered portrayal of coming of age and inner city life in the s. Feb 07, Jennifer Lesnick rated it liked it Shelves: American Son was a really great book that invoked some interesting thoughts on race and identity. I enjoyed getting a view into Filipino culture and their American experience, a view I was previously lacking.
Oct 21, Don rated it liked it Shelves: I read this as apart of my Spanish class at Notre Dame University. I found this book to be deeply disturbing. The racism that occurs in this novel effects how Gabe acts and identifies himself.
The way she [Gabe’s mother] looked at that moment–it haunts me–and I go over it in my head, trying to figure out what she was feeling.
ameircan Nov 12, Julie rated it did not like it. The two brothers and their mother do not often get along, and their various conflicts and difficult attempts to understand each other and their actions is a sad and sometimes frustrating endeavor.
At any rate, this was pretty good. Oct 22, Heather Holmes rated it it was ok.
AMERICAN SON by Brian Ascalon Roley | Kirkus Reviews
Newer Post Older Post Home. Unwilling or maybe even unable to break through his shell, he endures the alienation of his mother and the bullying of his brother without attempting to confront either.
He’s writing about these particular Filipinos, characters with a specific backstory that causes them to act in certain ways–three-dimensional ways. At times she looks mad but at others she seems hurt, and I cannot tell which look is my memory and which is my imagination. Parts 2 and 3 focused more on that and carried the story more effectively than Part 1. Mar 22, Rachelle Ayala rated it really liked it.
The prose itself was poorly written and the characters that Roley creates are absolutely flat. This diasporic postcolonial immigrant tale is probably best read the second time around, when the various travails of the characters can be understood in hindsight. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. Roley fails to even frame the conditions whereby we might at least sympathize with Gabe as an anti-hero.
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Mother especially sscalon as his dog training and selling business helps pay the household bills. He feels more isolated than ever. I had the privilege of attending a reading and book signing of Ascalon Roley and with how humble and soft spoken he is you would never guess that this book would be such a punch in the gut. American Son A Novel. There are no discussion topics on this roleh yet.
Does that make us sick? The cultural landscape is also real, at least for people over thirty.
It also allowed me to see it from a mixed-race POV, which you don’t normally get in other stories. Friends who claim they’re Italian or hang with Mexicans. When Gabe runs away, he brings shame and unforeseen consequences to the family. Apr 07, Christa rated it liked it.
Compared to other vernacular narratives or immagrant narratives, American Son is not the best example. Their mother, who moved to America to escape the caste system of Manila and is now divorced from their American father, struggles to keep her sons in line while working two dead-end jobs.
Published inthe story centers around a struggling Filipino immigrant family in California. Jul 29, Camille rated it did not like it. No detail is wasted, no chance for drama ignored. Looking back now, I feel ashamed for having ever felt embarrassed or not proud of my mother and who she is just because others treated her poorly because of her status in this society.
It has made me appreciate and respect my family a lot more. American Son is a good story and an easy read, what more can one ask for? Her American husband divorces her and she works two jobs to make ends meet. While I appreciate how this text reveals sad truths about Filipino culture and gang violence.
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Their mother, who moved to America to escape the caste system of Manila and is now divorced from their American father, struggles to keep her sons in line while working two dead-end jobs.
Some reviewer’s seem to be upset that the two brothers continued on the path they chose instead of doing what is expected of them from members of their family. And at the end, they stood up for her the only way they knew how, and even though the story had no real ending, it is realistic for literary fiction and I appreciate that the author did not foist an unrealistic sappy happy ending when life is not that way.
But that is just Roley keeping it real.