The Republic of East L.A. by Luis J. Rodríguez

The Republic of East L.A.

From the award-winning author of Always Running comes a brilliant collection of short stories about life in East Los Angeles. Whether hilariously capturing the voice of a philosophizing limo driver whose dream is to make the most of his rap-metal garage band in "My Ride, My Revolution," or the monologue-styled rant of a tes-ti-fy-ing! tent revivalist named Ysela in "Oiga," Rodriguez squeezes humor from the lives of people who are not ready to sac...

Details The Republic of East L.A.

TitleThe Republic of East L.A.
Release DateMar 4th, 2003
PublisherHarper Perennial
GenreShort Stories, Fiction, Young Adult

Reviews The Republic of East L.A.

  • Meghan Fidler
    I've just become a Rodriguez fan. This book contains twelve of his short stories. The descriptions in these stories are fresh- I'll demonstrate a couple of examples of his technique:From "Finger Dance," page 76: “Although they had long stopped being intimate, she was connected to him like a canary to a song.”From the intro to "Boom Boom Bot," page 91:“There was nothing around for miles but buildings rife with graffiti, sun-starched streets,...
  • Osvaldo
    It was ok. I am always interested in reading things by Latino-American writers and with Latino-American characters, and while my usual focus is the Hispanophone Caribbean, Mexican and Chicano identity and experience interest me because I think the long-time transnational relationship between Mexico and the U.S. helps to shape the contours of the broader Latino-American imaginary. Unfortunately, however, these stories fail to engage at any level a...
  • Elizabeth
    A young boy name Cruz that is in his teen area he lives in Boyle Heights. Cruz is mixed with Mexican and Indian. Cruz is in a rap-and-rock band called LA Cruz Negra. In the band, he has long hair not because of his culture he has it long because of his band. There are 4 people in his group they practice every day in his garage. He stopped the band because they all started to go there different ways. Cruz started to work as of being a limo driver....
  • susan
    I love this book. It's a bunch of short stories that all take place in East LA. It opened my eyes alot to immigrant communitites and hispanic communitites- people just trying to get by in unincorporated East LA in the barros.
  • Diana Jou
    i love short stories. vivid, touching, and funny. because it is set it LA, i recognized street names and places, and got a tiny taste of LA's cultural richness.
  • Kenneth Martinez
    I guess one of the reasons i enjoyed this book more than i should have is because of the settings the author uses... It's all over the neighborhood i grew up around!... Loved it!
  • monica
    although fiction, it features many stories that one would find having grown up in east la
  • Micah Velazquez
    "The Republic of East L.A." At face value this is a book covering multiple stories about ordinary people living the life of the immigrant in L.A. The child of the immigrant 'el chicano' is a large part of this story as their two worlds of 'los Mexicanos' versus 'the Americans.' This is a central aspect of the stories as well as this is often a reason for the conflicts of the stories. The themes of the book; Poverty, endurance, Self-Determination,...
  • Rowan Sully Sully
    Perfect book to read if you’re interested in reading novels about the Latinx population that makes up over 40% of the people in LA. This book contains about 10 short stories from a range of people. It’s also written similar to the style of Paul Beatty or Viet Than Nguyen so it’s an entertaining read.I’ve only given it 3 star rather than 4 or 5 as I felt the characters were a bit extreme or dramatic and I’m always disappointed with short...
  • Ervin Vice
    In The Republic of East L.A., those with spirit survive while those with no heart are crushed, but of course there is much more going on here. There’s humor (My Ride, My Revolution; Pigeons: Chain-Link Lover), tragedy (Shadows; Boom, Bot, Boom) and a bit of both (Miss East L.A.). There’s also desperation (Mechanics), hope (Oiga) and a crushing sense of loss (La Operacion). But at the very least the symbolism in the finale of the final story w...
  • Ann
    abandoned pg 91
  • Marc
    Some enjoyable and insightful stories ("The Mechanics" especially), but more than a few repetitive themes.
  • Heather Colon
    1.) This book has 12 short stories, all of them take place in east L.A. They all are from different people and their stories.2.) I gave the book 4 stars because it was really good except for a couple of the stories. A couple just did not interest me.3.) "Although they had long stopped being intimate, she was connected to him like a canary to song." (76, Rodriguez) I chose this quote because it was from one of the stories that i liked and the lady...
  • Alessandra Santamaria
    If you are interested in reading about the life of mexican americans or just mexicans in the USA, this is a great start. Some of the storys are truly fascinating and very well written. I enjoyed them and it was refreshing to see the sacrifices and problems that my fellow mexicans have to endure while fighting for a better life in a different country.
  • Max
    I really enjoyed reading these stories. There may have been a few towards the end I could have done without, but overall, Luis Rodriguez does an incredible job of crafting these many characters and developing their relationship with their East L.A environment (and sometimes Mexico as well). I just like how much you get a feel for the protagonists and the settings in so few pages.
  • Jeff Tucker
    This is a collection of short stories about the Mexican immigrants in East L.A.. The stories are interesting but for the most part not too happy. They're about poverty, hunger, unemployment, despair and violence. I finished the book just feeling sorry for all the poor people that have to live under these terrible circumstances.
  • Denisse
    I expected much more. Yes East L.A. has poverty and crime etc. etc. but there are also people going to college people with good jobs and just plain people making it even though they live in the ghetto. Unfortunately all of these stories but one are typical ( as in already written/ similarly written) ghetto stories. I expected much more from Luis Rodriguez. Like the rating says: it was ok.
  • Maribel
    This book is awesome it's an inside look into live in East L.A. and what people there go through and how they live and how some of them can overcome poverty and gangs and actually make a positive future for themselves.
  • Cinlu
    I loved this book!I wanted to read more Books written by Chicano authors!These short stories were amazing one of my favorites was oiga!Must read! You will get a taste of Chicano beliefs and issues that we still deal with
  • Kathleen O'Nan
    The fact that the author is mainly a poet shines throughout his short stories.
  • Anne
    I read three stories from this collection: "My Ride, My Revolution," "Mechanics," and "Chain-Link Lover."
  • Sandra
    I liked these stories. You learn a little bit more about the barrio of East LA from everybody's perspective.
  • Exportswede
    Rodriguez is one of my favourite authors, so naturally I'm biased.
  • Norma Saldana
    Rodriquez is such a clear, sharp and vibrant writer. I haven't heard anyone tell it quite like he has.
  • Claudia
    Vivid characters come alive in this collection of short stories where people laugh despite living in poverty and hope for a brighter life.
  • Marcus Guillory
    Engaging character portraits.
  • Christina
    If you grew up in the hood, many of Rodríguez's stories will resonate with you. Con toda el alma.
  • Sofia The Great
    The problem with short stories is that you always want more. The stories always feel like a tease. Anyways, I really enjoyed the ones in this book.
  • Lizette
    This book is just wow!!! I just fell in love with the first story!! I can totally relate to the driver Cruz bc he talks about the struggles of being Mexican American!!