The Five Destinies of Carlos Moreno

The Five Destinies of Carlos Moreno

by George Weinstein

Judy Stanton (11/26/13): After I finished reading this book and read the epilogue, I found out two interesting things. One, that this was actually the author's first book…which was good, because I really liked Hardscrabble Road better. And, second, the author explained his incentive to write the book was learning about the forced repatriation of people of Mexican ancestry during the Depression. He also adopted from his favorite books…Les Miserables and Grapes of Wrath, the theme of forever being followed by an oppressor. While I think the subject matter has the makings of a great story, the book didn't capture my emotions. I think it needed a character born and bred in the US who worked hard for a better life here, but was transported back to Southern Mexico, 1000 miles from the border. The lead characters here went through trials and tribulations, but they were not sent back to Mexico. It was an interesting read, and I wanted to see what would happen to the characters, but I wasn't as engaged as I was with the protagonist in Hardscrabble Road.
Rating: ***

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