The Gods Go Begging Author:Alfredo Vea The first novel to tackle the Vietnam War from a Latino soldier's perspective — "Luminous. This is a beautiful book."--Carolyn See, author of The Handyman — This acclaimed Mexican-American author's third novel draws upon his personal experience as a soldier in Vietnam for a passionate and profound meditation on war, race, history, and desir... more »e. Vea's fictional counterpart, Jesse Pasadoble, served his country with honor and courage--even though he and his fellow Chicano grunts, as well as their black comrades, experienced a different, less hospitable America than the one enjoyed by their white commanders. A lifetime later, the battle still rages in nightmares and memories as Jesse finds himself on the front lines of a new conflict: the present-day gang wars raging in urban America. Gods Go Begging is a novel that is both searing and suffused with poetry, and Vea tackles his ambitious subject with gritty authenticity and gutsy humor.
"Powerful . . . enchanting. From the very first sentence I was trapped and could not resist."--Isabel Allende (on La Maravilla)« less
I have to agree with the Los Angeles Times who named this one of the best books of 1999. It is one of the most hauntingly beautiful books I've ever read. Alfreda Vea seemlesly weaves his story between present day San Francisco and the Vietnam war. I don't want to tell anymore as it might spoil things for the reader!
The Los Angeles Times named this one of the best books of 1999
A novel that makes mesmerizing leaps of imagination and of time and place as it moves seamlessly between past and present. Tells a powerful story of war and peace, guilt and innocence, suffering and love--and of one man's climb toward salvation.
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Jesse Pasadoble, a former infantry soldier who served his country with honor and courage, is now a defense attorney living in San Francisco. It was in Vietnam that Jesse learned to "hate death and to develop an almost anguished love of the living" during a horrific siege in which he should have died but didn't. For Jesse, the battle still rages: in his tortured memories; in the gang wars that are erupting on Potrero Hill; and now, in the cold-blooded execution of two women - one black, one Vietnamese - on the edge of a San Francisco ghetto.
Jesse's defense of the young man accused of the brutal double murder will take him back across the years and miles. Finding the truth will mean weaving together the disparate strands of his own haunted life, as the atrocities of the present day become inextricably linked with a battle that took place on a hilltop on the Laotian border two decades before. It is in this fragile link between the two worlds that Jesse dares to seek his own redemption.