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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Customers who bought this item also bought. Yet the ending did have the ring of truth because sometimes in life, and especially in the Filipino family dynamic, the consequences one faces for their actions aren’t always physical and direct.

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When Gabe runs away, he brings shame and unforeseen consequences to the family. His letters are leaden with disappointment, both in his nephews for their wayward behavior and in his sister for her determination to stay in America: I wasn’t sure what to make of Gabe–the young son and narrator–and Tomas, the kuya rolry gangster, but that was probably the point.

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I will admit though that the story didn’t quite work for me as a whole. Required reading for California Ethnic literature, Spring It is a realistically rendered portrayal of coming of age and inner city life in the s.


Mar 06, Jeffkrusel1 rated it liked it. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Explore the Home Gift Guide. When these burdens collide and Gabe questions his brother’s actions, Tomas beats him into humiliation or cuts him with a broken beer bottle, scarring Gabe’s chest so he will not forget. I thought it was a a,erican foray into Filipino-American literature.

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Or does that make the book disappointing? Roley has created characters that I felt sorry for, but with whom I did not necessarily enjoy sharing company. Rather, the life they choose seems harder and tougher than what their mother hoped for them, and therefore more authentically their own.

Gabe, as the protagonist, is the most frustrating of the characters in his sheer listlessness, which is rendered all too well by Roley, almost to the point where I was often turned off by the depiction. Trivia About American Son. Brian Roley is actually a professor at my university and we ameeican to meet him.

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With clean, beautifully understated prose and a chin-thrust-forward attitude, “American Son” suggests that Gabriel’s own self-loathing and alienation prevent him from grasping the opportunities laid out for him by his mother and lead him to a life of violence he’s known too well at the hand of Americxn. Yet it’s not always enough.


I think high school age students would also enjoy reading this! Jul 02, L rated it really liked it Shelves: Roley’s writing style is spare, fast paced, and a page-turner. Roldy 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.

The boys, who have all the options a glittery metropolis can offer, wrestle with their disdain for and awe of the white and rich. Lists with This Book. A powerful novel about ethnically fluid California, and the corrosive relationship between two Filipino brothers. What is remarkable about the situation that Brian Roley depicts is how little adults do to help Gabe, even though the signals are so loud as to be deafening stealing from your gangster brother and driving to Oregon is a pretty big hint that something is wrong.

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His mother looks eoley sadly as both of her boys are swallowed up by the American dream and the promise of the prosperous life at all costs. It’s a really amazing book, and if you read it and just take it in, you’ll really like it too!

To view it, click here. It was a good book, not a great book, but a step above mediocre.