This was a very interesting book about a young man's travels in Latin America (beginning as a foreign exchange student in high school), and how his worldview changed as he lived outside the United States. Chesa becomes interested in politics, and as he graduates from high school and then college, he takes different jobs in Latin American countries that help him understand the politics and culture
The personal story is unflinchingly honest, and the political judgments nuanced and thoughtful. Latin America is at the outer edge of consciousness in this country, and Chesa Boudin brings it back to our attention, eloquently and vigorously. I have just finished the last chapter of Chesa Boudin's book Gringo: Coming of Age in Latin America and I am sorry it has ended. I tried to stretch it out over a week to savor each chapter and visualize his travels, but I was unable to stop reading. It is a beauifully written story of his respect for Latin America, it's history and it's people. I admire Boudin's decision to travel by bus everywhere he went so he could travel with the locals, see the scenery, stop at small villages, despite the discomfort of traveling as many as 50 hours by bus.
Gringo: A Coming of Age in Latin America. Gringo charts two journeys, both of which began a decade ago. The first is the sweeping transformation of Latin American politics that started with Hugo Chávez's inauguration as president of Venezuela in 1999
Boudin’s travelogue, Gringo: A Coming-of-Age in Latin America, is not about his parents, nor about growing up as far-left aristocracy. It is instead about the decade he spent crisscrossing South America, during summer vacations, semesters off, whenever he could. But his radical-chic background lingers like wood smoke or dense fog on each of this book’s 226 pages
Gringo charts two journeys, both of which began a decade ago. The first is the sweeping transformation of Latin American politics that started with Hugo Chávez's inauguration as president of Venezuela in 1999. In that same year, an eighteen-year-old Chesa Boudin leaves his middle-class Chicago life - which is punctuated by prison visits to his parents, who were incarcerated when he was fourteen months old for their role in a politically motivated bank truck robbery - and arrives in Guatemala
Boudin weaves a fascinating travel memoir that seamlessly transitions between historical background, personal reflection, and rich narrative. His glimpses into national, race, and class identity in different parts of Latin America are poignant, blunt, and highly readable. He offers balanced positions on political backdrops without apologizing for his radical and progressive roots.
A Coming of Age in Latin America. The right aspires to dominate it. The left sees it as a means to justify ideological ends. Eventually, Boudin admits, the American left is the real destination of his journey. I came to see Latin America," he writes, "as a prism through which I could better understand my own roots in the radical left in the United States, and the role my country plays in a global society.
Purchase the brilliant Gringo: A Coming of Age in Latin America by Scribner online today. While a new generation of progress-ive Latin American leaders rises to power, Boudin crisscrosses twenty-seven countries throughout the Americas.
Chesa Boudin talked about his life as a young adult in Venezuela when Hugo Chavez came to power. Chesa Boudin is the author of Gringo: A Coming of Age in Latin America, published by Scribner. Chesa Boudin talked about his life as a young adult in Venezuela when Hugo Chavez came to power. His parents are former members of the Weather Underground, Kathy Boudin and David Gilbert. As such he grew up in an environment of extreme left wing politics. Using this background, he studied the political and economic situation in Central and South America . See all on Book TV Central America South America. Venezuelan Vote on President Chavez.