Item description for The Weight of the Sun by Geronimo Tagatac...
Geronimo Tagatac-in an interrelated collection of short stories about the fictional Guerrero family-captures the essence of a people who are broken, without a home, and lost.
The Guerreros are farm workers, soldiers, ski bums, students, and world travelers. They are a family unique to these stories, yet typical in their context. With simple, direct, and beautiful language, Tagatac explores both the essence of what makes a person an individual and the ties that create a family.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2006
Publisher Ooligan Press
ISBN 1932010114 ISBN13 9781932010114
Availability 0 units.
More About Geronimo Tagatac
Son of a Filipino-immigrant father and a Russian-Jewish mother, Tagatac's life has taken an arc from fieldhand to Special Forces demolition sergeant in Vietnam to modern dancer to civil servant and literary writer.
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Grapes of Wrath for the 21st Century Oct 6, 2007
Geronimo Tagatac has a gift--a thoughtful, descriptive voice using words that evoke a thousand pictures.
He relates the humble beginnings of immigrants as they find their way to the US through honest, hard farm labor. They retain a tenuous connection to their families (Philippine and work camp) holding on to the most basic and important values--simple shining truths and the love of parents for their children.
Tagatac poignantly shares the experiences of second generation children finding their way in a new country: feeling different than and separate from the more privileged American children to which everything seemingly comes so easily; the pull of books and education--and the bridge it can build between the two cultures.
Tagatac's words instantly immerse the reader in the world he paints, allowing you to be a personal witness to the actions and feelings of the characters as they occur.
Touching, evocative, thoughtful--a reminder and lasting impression of the important things in life.
Swept away Jun 17, 2006
I don't generally care for short stories or general fiction but a friend recommended the book so I decided to look through it. Then I couldn't put it down. Even the author's introduction is mesmerizing. What great storytelling! The style is graceful yet simple. I felt swept along into the book (exactly what I hope a story will do). The characters and places were richly drawn and well-conveyed. The stories themselves were interesting. The cover is impressive too.