• Cajas de Carton

  • By: Francisco Jiménez
  • Narrated by: Adrian Vargas
  • Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 08-02-01
  • Language: Spanish
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • 5 out of 5 stars 5.0 (1 rating)

Summary

In Spanish. Francisco Jiménez writes of his childhood growing up in an immigrant Mexican family. His narrative is simple, as from a child's point of view, but that same simplicity packs the power of a highly skilled storyteller. Beautifully and authentically rendered by actor and playwright Adrian Vargas, these twelve stories tell of the almost unendurable journey most migrant campesinos undertake to find the American Dream. The recording concludes with an afterword recorded by the author. Cajas de Cartón is also available in English as The Circuit.
©1997 Francisco Jimé (P)2001 Audio Bookshelf
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Critic reviews

"La frontera...I heard it for the first time back in the late 1940s when Papá and Mamá told me... that someday we would take a long trip, cross la frontera, enter California, and leave our poverty behind." ( Booklist)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Daniel W. Fox, Jr. on 09-07-07

It touched my heart

I'm an Anglo who teaches high school Spanish in a suburb of Houston. I listen to these stories for entertainment and to improve my Spanish.
This story was written in very comprehensible Spanish and read by a good reader. Most important, the story was sensational! I could visualize the two boys waving to the train conductor. I could imagine the family's anguish when the baby got sick. It was a very touching story. I listened to it twice.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Vaughn on 08-07-06

Simple, engaging language

I really liked this book. It's simple, but I found it to be very compelling. I appreciated his lack of drama. When you've finished one of the chapters you become aware that you just read something very moving, but that it wasn't "in your face". He doesn't use dramatic adjectives to tell the story. He doesn't use excessive literary devices. He just tells the story, and let's the story carry itself. I kept trying to understand why the story was so compelling to me because the author doesn't try to introduce drama or suspense as a literary device. The book is also good for an intermediate student of Spanish.

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