Terrazo tells the stories of abuse, racism and suffering of many Puerto Rican blacks during the 19th century at the hands of Puerto Rico 's vast white majority. Its 20 chapters, while presumably made up of fictional stories, talk about the way many black workers used to be treated by many white slave owners. The book has been considered by many as one of the tools that helped Puerto Rican people realize that there was some racism in Puerto Rico's past. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the faux marble flooring, see Terrazzo.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. A collection of stories that deal with the struggles of rural Puerto Rico in the first half of the twentieth century.
Contains "El Josco," a seminal Puerto Rican short story. Get A Copy. More Details Original Title. Other Editions 3. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Terrazo , please sign up. Lists with This Book.
Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Terrazo. Es un libro perfecto. Cabe decir que he llorado mucho ahora que he podido leer el libro completo. Nov 13, Praxedes rated it liked it. This collection of short stories explores the relationship between landowners and peons in Puerto Rico after its Spanish colonial period. The use of 'big words' in the narrative is somewhat unnecessary, but the plots are an accurate reflection of the hardships endured by native 'jibaros' and freed slaves.
Dec 09, Bookworm rated it it was amazing Shelves: 5-stars , latino. The writing is very heavy on metaphors and hard to get into, but wow, what an excellent depiction of the struggles under colonialism. Although I am not Puerto Rican and it took me a while to comprehend the prose, I found it to be refreshing and realistic about the lives of the Puerto Rican farmer. This book is a collection of short Puerto Rican stories that gives you a glimpse in the lives of those living in the camp farms during the high of the American industries.
By reading each story you see the general suffering of the farmer, giving emphasis in the black community and many of the issues they were faced with.
Aug 03, sheilabeta rated it it was amazing. Witty, well structured and still beautifully simple is a trip to the Puertorrican culture during the beginning of the US colonization. A smart book that still predicts Puerto Rico's current cultural and values transformations Nov 09, Gabriela rated it it was amazing.
Jan 20, Fer Prz rated it really liked it Shelves: literatura-de-pr , colonization , fiction. Reading Puertorican literature is one of my most treasured activities. In Terrazo, Abelardo Diaz Alfaro painted a picture of the island's cultural clash between its own traditions and customs the imposed American customs via the USA colonization when it claimed the island as its territory.
The book starts with Josco a methapor of how the hard working Puertoricans have to make way and give the good positions to lazy and privileged north Americans. The last story addresses the transition in the ed Reading Puertorican literature is one of my most treasured activities. The last story addresses the transition in the education which must include english even though the teacher himself does not know how to speak it.
It made me feel as though I was there watching the teacher struggle to pronounciate words. It was told in a very hilarious tone. On Christmas day the teacher surprised the classroom by dressing as Santa Claus up to deliver gifts and share the custom.
But since no one was familiar with a larger than life bearded man dressed in red attire, rubber boots, and speaking a foreign language, people got so scared they jumped out of windows. I loved this book and what made it even more special it was a gift from my dad.
Terrazo Una hermosa pieza escrita por el gran Abelardo Diaz Alfaro. Don Abelardo nos presenta una serie de cuentos que describen a un Puerto Rico dentro de la colonia Norteamericana pero antes de ser bautizada como Estado Libre Asociada. Mi historia favorita es la del Josco y no creo que ninguna otra historia tenga tanta pasion como esa. Abelardo Diaz Alfaro captura tan perfectamente la vida del jibaro y sus luchas que me hacen recordar las historias que me contaba mi abuelo.
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Terrazo by Abelardo Díaz Alfaro