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  • Paperback
  • 288 pages
  • Always Running
  • Luis J. Rodríguez
  • English
  • 10 June 2019
  • 0743276914

Always Running [PDF] ✍ Always Running By Luis J. Rodríguez – Essayreview.co.uk The award winning and bestselling classic memoir about a young Chicano gang member surviving the dangerous streets of East Los Angeles, now featuring a new introduction by the authorWinner of the Carl The award winning and bestselling classic memoir about a young Chicano gang member surviving the dangerous streets of East Los Angeles, now featuring a Always Running Kindle - new introduction by the authorWinner of the Carl Sandburg Literary Award, hailed as a New York Times notable book, and read by hundreds of thousands, Always Running is the searing true story of one man s life in a Chicano gang and his heroic struggle to free himself from its gripBy age twelve, Luis Rodriguez was a veteran of East Los Angeles gang warfare Lured by a seemingly invincible gang culture, he witnessed countless shootings, beatings, and arrests and then watched with increasing fear as gang life claimed friends and family members Before long, Rodriguez saw a way out of the barrio through education and the power of words and successfully broke free from years of violence and desperation Achieving success as an award winning poet, he was sure the streets would haunt him no until his young son joined a gang Rodriguez fought for his child by telling his own story in Always Running, a vivid memoir that explores the motivations of gang life and cautions against the death and destruction that inevitably claim its participantsAt times heartbreakingly sad and brutal, Always Running is ultimately an uplifting true story, filled with hope, insight, and a hard earned lesson for the next generation.


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10 thoughts on “Always Running

  1. says:

    Apparently this is the most stolen book in libraries and classrooms A very smart choice indeed I can t believe I paid for this.Not my jam Sorry I m not gangsta enough.

  2. says:

    I found out about this book during my time working at Garfield There were a lot of books in the classroom libraries about gang life, books of poetry by Tupac Shakur, stuff the students prefered as it had to do with, you know, real life Which was, in a way, bullshit I mean, a few of them, maybe could relate to that, and the ones that could were sorry of the fact and didn t flaunt it One kid I remember, his older brother had been killed in a gang related shooting He wasn t a particularly go I found out about this book during my time working at Garfield There were a lot of books in the classroom libraries about gang life, books of poetry by Tupac Shakur, stuff the students prefered as it had to do with, you know, real life Which was, in a way, bullshit I mean, a few of them, maybe could relate to that, and the ones that could were sorry of the fact and didn t flaunt it One kid I remember, his older brother had been killed in a gang related shooting He wasn t a particularly good student, this kid, but he was always there and he was always respectful he knew it would kill his mother if he didn t at least get through high school.Anyway, I read a lot of these books, and out of all of them, this one was far and away the best It was the students favorite as well And for good reason it s a compelling story, the writing is beautiful, the characters are complex that is, real and the preaching is kept to a minimum Rodriguez speaks from his own experience, acknowleding his own mistakes without exactly apologizing for them In general, there s not a whole lot of editorializing, the author simply describes the events as he remembers them While you could look at Always Running as street journalism, I think that s really selling it short the book is filled with characters you actually care about, and that, for any writer, is no easy trick

  3. says:

    Luis Rodriguez speaks out of a virtually unheard experience a young Chicano man who survived la vida loca gang culture in South San Gabriel Rodriguez writing is raw and brutally honest, but with a lyricism that will stop readers in their tracks He gives voice to an unheard cry, and illuminates the heartbreaking cycle of poverty and violence that perpetuates gang wars He neither simplifies the problem, nor admits defeat His passion for reconciliation and true empowerment of minority commu Luis Rodriguez speaks out of a virtually unheard experience a young Chicano man who survived la vida loca gang culture in South San Gabriel Rodriguez writing is raw and brutally honest, but with a lyricism that will stop readers in their tracks He gives voice to an unheard cry, and illuminates the heartbreaking cycle of poverty and violence that perpetuates gang wars He neither simplifies the problem, nor admits defeat His passion for reconciliation and true empowerment of minority communities, such as the Mexican American community, is staggering I found this truly challenging and convicting particularly as I have reevaluated my approach to library outreach for teens Read this Booktalk this 8th 12th graders

  4. says:

    I found this to be a powerful and painful read It s not easy reading about the gang experience It s harder still when you know it could have been your story if circumstances had been different I knew it was bad in LA, but I had no idea how hard it was just to survive.I m Mexican American and 4 years older than the author There was a time in my life that I wouldn t admit to being Mexican American because of the attitudes towards us Some of those attitudes are reported in this book and that m I found this to be a powerful and painful read It s not easy reading about the gang experience It s harder still when you know it could have been your story if circumstances had been different I knew it was bad in LA, but I had no idea how hard it was just to survive.I m Mexican American and 4 years older than the author There was a time in my life that I wouldn t admit to being Mexican American because of the attitudes towards us Some of those attitudes are reported in this book and that made it painful to read and relive Was it worth reading absolutely

  5. says:

    The glaring contradictions in this memoir make it hard to side with the author You can only take so many I was given no opportunities paragraphs next to ones about voluntary drug use, sex, and violence until it s impossible to believe anything the author says.

  6. says:

    This book made me want to rage It was terribly written and downright offensive I ve read lots of memoirs, and the key to making them interesting is for the author to reflect on the actions he she took and choices he she made Be introspective, navel gaze, give me something to make me understand why you did what you did This book It was just a listing of drugs, murders, fights, and rapes The reason Society hated Latinos I m sorrynotsorry, but you can t rob at gun point, murder because of s This book made me want to rage It was terribly written and downright offensive I ve read lots of memoirs, and the key to making them interesting is for the author to reflect on the actions he she took and choices he she made Be introspective, navel gaze, give me something to make me understand why you did what you did This book It was just a listing of drugs, murders, fights, and rapes The reason Society hated Latinos I m sorrynotsorry, but you can t rob at gun point, murder because of skin color, gang rape unconscious girls, and scrape your little sister s tongue with a razor because she lost a fight and expect society to welcome you with open arms and provide you with opportunities to better your life Life is what you make it no matter your circumstances The author also never took responsibility for his actions He talked about how women s cunts my most hated word in the English language, and used repeatedly throughout this book were his temple, how he huffed fumes because he was bored, how he brutally mauled people he didn t even know because some esse of his didn t like the person, but never did he act like he was sorry for any of the heinous things he did He d occasionally tell a story about a friend doing something atrocious like, uh, raping a drugged girl in a field and implying that she was beat murdered after she was used up and state but I couldn t do something like that like he was morally superior HA Thing is, I can handle all of those things if there were some big revelation Some big turning point Some grand lesson to be learned I never came across one I will admit that I didn t finish it out of concern for my rising blood pressure I read of it though and that was enough for me Rodriguez did start the book out with an hour long listened on audio not exaggerating introduction about how his book was lauded, praised and worshipped the world over How it had been reprinted several times who is reading this book How it was banned in schools I m not for banning books, but I understand why this one was taken out of schools because of how powerful the words are very emphatically no How it s a manifesto for immigrants and how society needs to change and provide free everything to everyone But I never saw him tie those proclamations to his story in any coherent way All I saw was a man blaming society for the bad decisions he made throughout his life NO MAS

  7. says:

    ALWAYS RUNNING IS AN AMAZING BOOKThis book is about a young boy named Luis Rodrigues known as the author It talks about Gang days back in the old days of Los Angeles This book is based on his real life, some people dont realize how life is because they havent gone through or havent seen anything Life in Colorado isnt the same as in the south or in other places its very difficult to live in a time the way Luis did and other people as well People dont understand that some people stay homeless ALWAYS RUNNING IS AN AMAZING BOOKThis book is about a young boy named Luis Rodrigues known as the author It talks about Gang days back in the old days of Los Angeles This book is based on his real life, some people dont realize how life is because they havent gone through or havent seen anything Life in Colorado isnt the same as in the south or in other places its very difficult to live in a time the way Luis did and other people as well People dont understand that some people stay homeless for not fighting for their lives This book talked about several things, though i like the way Luis was, he always said what he had on mind and he wasnt afraid to admit things and things he did wrong. He tried to act like a bad boy, but i know he still had good inside of him Luis was not a very smart boy, he could of been but he just didnt do what was right i understand that what Luis was going through was rough times This book was a bit confusing i understood what the author was trying to tell us, but there was some parts in the book where it was difficult to understand.I think that Luis did good on writing this book for several reasons I would recommend this book to anybody that is going through hard times, or that have had gang experiences Some people think that being in a gang is cool and this and that, they just try to fit in The ones that are in gangs supposably are just fakes and rookies The ones that actually dont want to be homeless and fight for their beliefs are in real gangs some people have to be in gangs to survive and in order to protect themselves The ones that are in real gangs are not proud of what theyre into, but they have no other choice Its either u die or you fight for your life i could make several connections to the book i have some friends cousins that are involved in gangs There life isnt in a good position right now this book is just great and i would recommend this book to anybody 1

  8. says:

    Being in education, I m always curious about banned books and books with lots of buzz Here in California, Always Running is kept behind the checkout desk at my local library because it is one of the most stolen books, so I wanted to check it out Interesting enough but not steal worthy I can see how his story would appeal to teens, although I don t think they should read it thus the ban and theft issue I guess Everyone needs a place to fit in and belong.

  9. says:

    I think it was a really good book It never got out of the story it was very concentrated on Luis The main Character.

  10. says:

    Always Running is an engaging and intelligent look into the socio political factors that have led to the proliferation of street gangs in the last century in areas where large percentages of citizens have few opportunities but plentiful obstacles, told through the firsthand experiences of former gang member and now activist, Luis Rodriguez, as he grows up as an oppressed minority in the over policed, but under protected, gang haven of East LA Though his story is fairly common his parents moved Always Running is an engaging and intelligent look into the socio political factors that have led to the proliferation of street gangs in the last century in areas where large percentages of citizens have few opportunities but plentiful obstacles, told through the firsthand experiences of former gang member and now activist, Luis Rodriguez, as he grows up as an oppressed minority in the over policed, but under protected, gang haven of East LA Though his story is fairly common his parents moved from Mexico to LA to improve their lives and in spite of their best efforts weren t able to protect their son from getting absorbed into the world of gangs surrounding him it s how he tells the story that makes this book unique and valuable Rodriguez doesn t romanticize the gang lifestyle of drugs, women, and crime the way that other writers might do Rather, Rodriguez uses real human emotion and insight to explain the sheer horrors of this lifestyle in an attempt to deter any kids from wanting to live it Though Always Running is a personal account of Rodriguez s gang activity and later activism, it s as much a historical account of the factors that led to the rise of gangs in LA in the 20th Century and he blends the two perfectly We see how those factors are similar to those that led Rodriguez to join a gang himself He didn t join because he wanted to do drugs, have power, and kill people, he joined because, if he didn t, he d bevulnerable to being beaten, robbed, and or killed growing up as an oppressed minority in a dangerous and chaotic world A gang affiliation meant protection but it also meant identity Mexicans have long faced discrimination in this country, and many joined gangs as a way to celebrate their heritage of struggle The book is filled with great quotes that explain this identity I d walk into the counselor s office for whatever reason and looks of distain greeted me one meant for a criminal It was harder to defy this expectation than just accept it It was a jacket I could try to take off, but they kept putting it back on So why not be proud Why not be an outlaw Why not make it our own Though the book exposes a lot of ugliness, one of the major themes Rodriguez explores is his pride in Chicano heritage, and how this pride eventually inspired him to give up the gang lifestyle When he s able to explore his identity inpositive ways, such as through joining Chicano pride groups, painting murals, and writing about his experiences, Rodriguez slowly starts to leave the gang lifestyle behind, and in doing so, he begins to see through its shallowness and pointlessness Though it may give kids protection and a feeling of pride, he shows how those doing the protecting may be the very people who you need protection from when you question their lifestyle and how silly their pride is when it comes at the expense of selling your own soul Luckily for Rodriguez, he was able to escape this lifestyle, which is not something many of his friends could say Death is always around every corner, and every turn of the page, and so few kids like Rodriguez are able to live long enough to see through this lifestyle and develop into productive members of society.One of the most valuable parts of this book is its socio political message about the horrible affects the oppression of minorities has on a society, and this message is as current and poignant today as it was when the book was written Rodriguez explains how systemic racism was used throughout the history of LA to keep certain minority groups poor, disenfranchised, and controlled by their oppressors, and how this not only hurts the minority groups, but also hurts the oppressors Society creates gangs then lives in fear of being attacked by them and police brutality results It s impossible today to turn on the news and avoid stories of policemen and women harassing, intimidating, assaulting, and sometimes, killing, specific demographics of US citizens for no other reason than their skin color, religious affiliation, national origins This books is filled with so many examples of horrific crimes committed by police officers that it s hard not to be outraged Granted, most of these crimes were committed against gang members, but these gang members were mostly misguided kids, and the cops, who are adults who ve sworn to protect and defend US citizens, oftentimes causeviolence and crime than the gang members Again, Rodriguez has a lot of great quotes to explain this In the barrio, the police are just another gang Shootings, assaults and skirmishes between the barrios are direct results of police activity Even drug dealing I know this Everybody knows this Quotes like this show why the Black Lives Matter movement is so important, and how it didn t just emerge out of some bubble the problem has always been here, and thethat people read books like Always Running, the better chances we have as a society to address it.Part poetic personal story, part engaging historical lesson, part inspiration tale of redemption, part exultation of Chicano heritage, part poignant work of socio political activism, Always Running is a multifaceted book dripping with live in human experience and emotion, and I highly recommend it to everyone who cares about improving the world they live in

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