Randy Lopez Goes Home by Rudolfo AnayaWhen he was a young man, Randy Lopez left his village in northern New Mexico to seek his fortune. Since then, he has learned some of the secrets of success in the Anglo world—and even written a book called Life Among the Gringos. But something has been missing. Now he returns to Agua Bendita to reconnect with his past and to find the wisdom the Anglo world has not provided. In this allegorical account of Randys final journey, master storyteller Rudolfo Anaya tackles lifes big questions with a light touch.Randys entry into the haunted canyon that leads to his ancestral home begins on the Day of the Dead. Reuniting with his padrinos—his godparents—and hoping to meet up with his lost love, Sofia, Randy encounters a series of spirits: coyotes, cowboys, Death, and the devil. Each one engages him in a conversation about life. It is Randys old teacher Miss Libriana who suggests his new purpose. She gives him a book, How to Build a Bridge. Only the bridge—which is both literal and figurative, like everything else in this story—can enable Randy to complete his journey.
Readers acquainted with Anayas fiction will find themselves in familiar territory here. Randy Lopez, like all Anayas protagonists, is on a spiritual quest. But both those new to and familiar with Anaya will recognize this philosophical meditation as part of a long literary tradition going back to Homer, Dante, and the Bible. Richly allusive and uniquely witty, Randy Lopez Goes Home presents mans quest for meaning in a touching, thought-provoking narrative that will resound with young adults and mature readers alike.
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When he was a young man, Randy Lopez left his village in northern New Mexico to seek his fortune. Since then, he has learned some of the secrets of success in the Anglo world—and even written a book called Life Among the Gringos.
Veteran writer Rudolfo Anaya has written a little gem of a novel that takes readers on a magical allegorical journey that artfully explores the Big Questions of who we are, where did we come from, what is our essence as human beings and where are we going. It is his twenty-first book, but it is likely to be regarded as his ultimate, triumphal tour de force. With eloquent simplicity it tells the tale of a man from a tiny, bucolic village in the mountains of New Mexico who is on a journey, his ultimate quest really. It is part fable, part spiritual meditation, part parable. And a thoroughly enjoyable read throughout. It is a triumph of elegant storytelling. It is the story of Randy, who, despite what Thomas Wolfe warned, is attempting to go home again.
Nestled in the hills of northern New Mexico is Agua Bendita—a sleepy village where the laws of physics snooze in the afternoon sun and memories are the only road signs. Randy Lopez was born in Agua Bendita many years ago. Here, he was rooted by Mestizo culture and love for the beautiful Sofia. Then he left the village to live among the Anglos. He made some money and wrote a book, but was sad and disoriented. Now he is returning home.