Rain of Gold

Rain of Gold

Rain of Gold

In Rain of Gold, Victor Villasenor weaves the parallel stories of two families and two nations … bringing us the timeless love between the unpredictable bootlegger who would become his daddy and the stunning Lupe, his mother– males and females in whose lives the genuine and the fantastical exist side by side … and in whose hearts the spirit to make it through is fueled by a household’s unconditional love.

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  1. 65 of 70 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The Best I’ve Read!, April 19, 2000
    By 
    Nora Razon (California, US) –

    This review is from: Rain of Gold (Paperback)
    Rain of Gold is a book written by Victor Villaseñor an author of Mexican Heritage. Villaseñor wrote this book when he felt the urge to pas down to his children the history behind their name. Villaseñor traveled to Mexico and after years of hard work and several conflicts he published “Rain of Gold”, the biography of his family. In “Rain of Gold” Villaseñor describes with full detail the lives of his ancestors in Mexico and later in the United States. More than just a story, Villaseñor gives a vivid image of life during the Mexican Revolution {the times of Pancho Villa}. He explains how his family was forced as well as other families to abandon their beloved country because of the violence and danger the Mexican Revolution brought to its citizens. Villaseñor also explains the hardships his family had to got through to adapt and survive prejudice, hunger and unfair work in the states. Not only does Villaseñor capture the struggles of his family but also the exciting and glorious moments his ancestors lived. This book has a vivid message to everybody of Mexican background. Especially to teenagers who usually don’t get the chance to be taught their history with out somebody making fun or putting down their culture. This is the first book that I have truly related to, because of my Mexican background and hardships I’ve faced in this country. This is a book you just can’t stop reading because you get so close to the characters. By the end of the book I assure you that not only will you know all of the people in the book but you will also respect and consider them part of your family! More importantly, I recommend this book to everybody who has parents or somebody who has immigrated to this country in search of opportunities and better life.

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  2. 35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Rain of Gold, January 8, 2008
    By 
    John Michael Towle (Vail, Az.) –
    (REAL NAME)
      

    This review is from: Rain of Gold (Turtleback)
    I am a 57 year old gringo living in Southern Arizona and received this book from a friend of mine who is related to the author. I did not expect much and the beginning had me wondering if I would make it through all 500+ pages of small print. It did not take very long for me to realize that this book was well above ordinary. Prior to reading this book, I personally had gotten the most enjoyment from ” East of Eden ” and ” The Agony and The Ecstacy ” and place Mr. Villasenor’s novel along side both. I cried and laughed like hell and as a lifelong Catholic, was deeply moved by the incredible faith of both of his grandmothers. Some of the other reviewers were put off by his technique, I was not. I very much agree with those who found great enjoyment from this book, as I had a difficult time putting it down and experienced a real sadness as I read the final words, I did not want it to end. Mr. Victor Villasenor is one heck of a storyteller and I feel blessed to have entered into his family through his written words.

    John Towle – Vail, Az.

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  3. 29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Extremely Powerful book, October 9, 2005
    By 
    therosen (New York, NY United States) –
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    This review is from: Rain of Gold (Paperback)
    This book started slow. It came as a gift from a friend, and just the size was intimidating. As I started, all the talk of religeon, miracles and spirits was a bit much for a supposedly true family history. The more I read, the better it got. The history of how Mr. Villasenor’s grandparents came to America and met is an epic of love, transcendence and overcoming odds. If you can make it past page 20, you won’t put it down.

    It would have been very easy for this to be a whitewashed view of the world. Instead, the author confronts some of the darker sides of his family history. Many relatives spent time in jail. Grandpa was a bootlegger. Many of his great-aunts and uncles were jealous at the best of times, and awful at the worst. Yet somehow a great story emerges.

    I can only imagine the effort required to produce this book. Mr. Villasenor, your effort was well worth it.

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