American Son. A Novel. Brian Ascalon Roley (Author) to mind Cormac McCarthy and Denis Johnson, American Son is the story of two Filipino brothers adrift in. American Son has ratings and 45 reviews. Rachelle said: Realistic and edgy portrayal. I know exactly what the two brother, Tomas and Gabe feel, and h. Brian Ascalon Roley. American Son. Plot overview and analysis written by an experienced literary critic. Full study guide for this title currently under development.

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The brothers really did love their mother but showed it differently. It was a good book, not a great book, but a step above mediocre. Aug 05, Annie rated it really liked it.

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This diasporic postcolonial immigrant tale is probably best read the second time around, when the various travails of the characters can be understood in hindsight. Written init remains as fresh and relevant today by keeping the spotlight turned on the ambiguities of race faced by Filipino-Americans often mistaken for Latino by their Spanish surnames and their ameeican tone.

Sometimes, they’re doley emotional and self-imposed, becoming a part of one’s psychic landscape, which in turn shapes future behavior, for good or for ill.

On the other hand, the story took americxn while to get into, at least in Part 1. Nov 12, Julie rated it did not like it. Dec 24, Timothy rated it really liked it. Trivia About American Son. Yes, I’ve heard the criticisms of Roley and other writers who “dare” to show Filipinos in a “bad light.

When Gabe runs away, he brings shame and unforeseen consequences to the family. I did like the book although it was a little slow and the writing lacked fitness.


American Son is a good story and an easy read, what more can one ask for? Altogether this was not a comfortable read though I did feel for the mother and the younger son struggling to cope with Thomas and his controlling violent anti social behaviour. She cannot understand why if he wants to be something he is not he does not at least try to look white.

Although I appreciated how Gabe and his family reflect some characteristics of Filipinos I know, sln are pretty flat as characters and Gabe’s coming-of-age at the end is simultaneously predictable and underdeveloped.

rley The older brother, Tomas, fashions himself into a Mexican gangster and breeds pricey attack dogs, which he trains in German and sells to Hollywood celebrities. The gut-wrenching shame of being shameful of your ethnicity is what got me the most. Don’t have a Kindle? He left the mother, Ivy, to raise her two sons on her own.

One of her boys, Tomas, has assumed the persona of a young Mexican street thug and is helping her make ends meet role raising and selling guard dogs to rich clients. Newer Post Older Post Home. Feb 07, Jennifer Lesnick rated it liked it Shelves: I will admit though that the story didn’t quite work for me as a whole.

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Nov 28, Katie rated it really liked it. Get to Know Us. The story is punctuated by the other’s roldy in the Philippines who writes to her offering to have the boys “back home where they would learn respect and be disciplined amwrican.

Oct 05, Susan rated it liked roleg. Friends who claim they’re Italian or hang with Mexicans. Instead of highlighting the struggle of growing up mestizo on a first-hand basis, it really highlighted the struggle of trying to fit in and identity, which would make this book a great read for adolescents. Buy the selected items together This item: Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Start reading American Son: Explore the Home Gift Guide.


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This woman hounded my mother and followed her home haranguing her to just pay up. My mother had a parking lot incident where a woman accused her of denting her car with a shopping cart, even though my mother was returning the cart to the holder and wasn’t near her car. Gabe, defeated after a beating from his brother, steals Tomas’ americaj Mexican gangster Oldsmobile and takes off for Northern California.

Hard-hitting and brash, this debut novel takes a cold, clear-eyed look at the American immigrant experience. Formerly deemed a mama’s boy, Gabe runs away, stealing his brother’s prized Oldsmobile and best dog, trying to escape his brother’s growing influence.


This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. At times she looks mad but at others she seems hurt, and I cannot tell which look is my memory and which is my imagination.

No Hollywood happy ending here but more of an Indie real American Son is a good story and an easy read, what more can one ask for?

Posted by Laurel Singleton at 7: A point of view from a young boy growing up with many violent happenings.

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