House Divided by Raul Ramos y Sanchez

House Divided

Raul Ramos y Sanchez

This 2nd novel of the America Libre trilogy continues the story of a future Hispanic liberation movement. It’s both fast-paced like an action movie and also thought-provoking - with an all too plausible (and chilling) scenario of ethnic tensions building into the prospect of a new American civil war. And the belief that one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter is well illustrated by the author's balanced handling of the issues.

Extract

'They say Americans learn their geography from wars. I think that's also true about foreign cultures.'
'Other than language there isn't a lot you can generalize about Hispanics. When you think about it, it's like lumping everyone from a nation that speaks English into a single group.'
'I see what you mean. It's hard to picture a lot in common between Jamaicans and Canadians. So why do you think most people picture a swarthy guy with a serape and a sombrero when they hear the word Hispanic?'

Parallels
  • The Tortilla Curtain by T Coraghessan Boyle
  • American Odyssey by Alvin Levie