In a stunning narrative combining the gritty rhythms of Junot Diaz with the noir genius of Walter Mosley, Bodega Dreams pulls us into Spanish. Bodega Dreams. Ernesto Quinonez, Author, Ernesto Quiinonez, Author Vintage Books USA $14 (p) ISBN This page guide for “Bodega Dreams” by Ernesto Quinonez includes detailed chapter summaries and analysis covering 3 books and 21 chapters, as well as.

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In this case, Spanish Bodegx, and the I certainly got a tour from the protagonist, Chino. I absolutely loved it, in the sense that it teaches a lesson that you can change your path, if you can dream it, you can for sure do it!

Bodega Dreams by Ernesto Quiñonez

Bodega envisions a New York City society dominated by wealthy, intellectual Latinos. I wanted to write about the Young Lords not only because of how important they were to me? Oscar Quinonez created a work with multiple layers and textures but I am unsure if it is all smoke and mirrors.

What, in your view, needs to happen for that to continue in the future? Willie Bodega embodies every dream and lofty aspiration that Chino Mercado holds dear, even as the tentacles of the criminal octopus threaten to pull him under. At first, it seemed this book would be filled with stock characters, but I soon recognized a lot of NY Latino history.

I try to make everyone understand that to reach our full potential as a people, men and women alike will have to come together for freedom, rights and equality. Bodega is pretty much a clone of Gatsby. Jul 16, Debbie rated it really liked it Shelves: Quinonezz as both a teacher and a writer, the questions I began to ask myself were, “I had to go through all this, why do these kids still have to go dreaams it? Chino is drawn to Bodega’s street-smart idealism, but soon finds himself over his head, navigating an underworld of switchblade tempers, turncoat morality, and murder.


I wish I liked Bodega Dreams more. As a little kid I remember seeing the Young Lords everywhere.

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New Critical Perspectives on the Literature of the What is your next project? Return to Book Page. Feb 14, Yordanos rated it liked it. By the end of Quinonez’s tale, the labels of “bully” and “victim” have been switched, I bought Bodega Dreams after hearing Ernesto Quinonez tell a story on “The Moth,” the NPR radio show that features famous and not-so-famous folks presenting personal narratives.

We are experiencing technical difficulties. It mentions how he started and how Willie Bodega helped him with his dream, later in the book it took a turn where Chino never looks back into his old life. Jan 21, Pages. From a imature teen into a grow “Bodega Dreams” is one of those books that don’t have a catchy cover, however as you start reading the first pages the book drives you into wanting to read more and more.

AIDS is one of the leading killers in the community. Pick up Bodega Dreams and it will never leave you, even far after you’ve finished reading it. Overall an excellent read and highly recommended. The setting is so authentic an accurate that any New York City native should be able to easily relate and piece each scene together with majesty as you travel from central park to queens and all over the upper east side.

He gives everyone a leg up, in exchange only for loyalty–and a steady income from the drugs he pushes. I hope I can pull it off and still tell a good story.

I would recommend this book if drewms looking to read books about the ‘American Dream’ and how that notion interacts within communities of people of color. Sin embargo es un libro que capta al lector y lo deja pensando. I thought of it and it made little to no sense expect for only the title alone. I read this in high school.


El trama de la historia es vibrante y sorprendente y bodsga de los personajes—sobre todo Bodega—son bien concebidos. Ernesto Quinonez did an excellent job creating a story full of symbolism, imagery, and internal struggles. It will always have to be fought for and demanded.

It is so beautifully written, and Julio’s acerbic wit and reflections realize the experience of a group not often taken seriously in fiction and academia. Aug 29, Paul Magioncalda rated it it was amazing. Bodega dreams Vintage Contemporaries Original.

It was an ugly, desolate store with posters of Marvel superheroes taped to the wall, where all you heard were stories of things that might have happened.

I mean, it was just impossible. Jun 26, Billy Michaca rated it it was amazing.

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Bodega Dreams

Closing thoughts… just honestly read it if your a creative person it’s a perfect book for people with an open or colorful mindset! Thanks to my Midwestern existence, and even to some years in S. Jun 08, Jayalchemist rated it it was amazing. Throughout the book the character chino grows into a complete different character. At the time, Spanish Harlem was heavily affected by the energy crisis.