Dark Dude

Dark Dude

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Rico Fuentes is 15, lives in Harlem, and is a first-generation American at the end of the 1960s. His parents are Cubans from a modest background, and his father is an alcoholic. Rico has a very fair complexion, unlike his friends and family, and is constantly harassed around the neighborhood and at school for being a dark dude, a pejorative/ironic term from the time. Add to this social and family friction the fact that one of his best friends has started to use heroin. So when Rico has the chance to leaveby running away to the Midwest, where a friend liveshe goes for it. Life is easier in Wisconsin, but can he go through life without his family, who doesn't know where he is? This YA novel transports us to the era, vividly re-creating its attitudes and people, and moves us with the magnificent story of Rico's coming of age as he navigates through two different worlds. Awards: ALA Best Books for Young Adults, Amricas Award Honorable Mention, International Latino Book Award, NYPL "Books for the Teen Age"
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 430 pages
  • 154.94 x 208.28 x 43.18mm | 703.06g
  • United States
  • Spanish
  • New edition
  • 8444143162
  • 9788444143163

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Encuadernación: Cartoné
Descripción: 432 p. il. 21x15 cmRico Fuentes tiene 15 años, vive en Harlem y es norteamericano de primera generación. Estamos a finales de los 60 o principios de los 70 del pasado siglo. Su padre y su madre son cubanos, de procedencia muy modesta y oscuros de tez; su hermana pequeña es también mulata. El padre, que trabaja en dos lugares distintos para sacar adelante la familia, tiene problemas con el alcohol. Rico es de piel blanca y cabellos rubios (incluso tiene pecas: debe estos rasgos a un antepasado irlandés por parte materna) y se ve sometido por ello, tanto en el barrio como en la escuela, al acoso permanente de quienes lo consideran un dark dude, expresión despectiva que, como el autor explica al comienzo del libro, designa a un latino o un afroamericano de piel tan clara que parece casi un whitey o un pinky, términos con los que las personas de estas comunidades designan a los blancos. Pero no se trata solo de una cuestión terminológica, porque si eres un dark dude estarás sometido al continuo acoso de quienes pretenden arrebatarte el dinero que suponen que tienes, tu dignidad o tu coraje...
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609 ratings
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4 33% (198)
3 30% (180)
2 11% (66)
1 4% (22)
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