The Tortilla Curtain made me uncomfortable at many stages of the book. I did feel the change in attitude of the well -to-do couple toward the hispanics around them is something that can happen to many open minded people in a situation as told by the author.
I really did not like the ending. I don't need an ending which raps up everything in a nice neat package, but after all the terrible luck that the hispanic man had with his wife the ending left me up in the air and not being satisfied.
I did feel challenged in what I thought of as me being unprejudiced only to realize that I do have prejudices.
At the beginning of the book, I liked most of the main characters but by the end.......didn't like any of them. This was a very "harsh" book to read however.....I would recommend it.
It forces one to look and think about both sides w/o blessing one and cursing the other.
Plus, good writing.
This novel tells the story of two families in Los Angeles - a Mexican man, his wife and baby trying to survive against impossible odds and bad luck and an affluent, liberal American family. It is about racism and ultimately, compassion.
I had to push myself to finish this book. The beginning showed originality and promise, but as it progressed, it just became ridiculous and even surreal. I understand that racism is still alive and kicking in the U.S., but it felt too over-the-top in this book. It was hard to become attached to the characters things went from bad to worse to god-awful. I started feeling less and less concerned about them, which is (I'm pretty sure) the exact opposite of what the writer intended. It was a quick read, but didn't impress me much.
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