Welcome back to Lamon Reviews. This week I read a wonderful book. I finished My Broken Language by Quiara Alegría Hudes. My review follows. I hope you enjoy.
I listened to the audiobook which was read by the author. I have soo many thoughts on this book. My first thought was simply Thank You Mrs. Hudes for writing your truth, and for including us on the journey.
My Broken Language is a great memior. I believe it would be a great book for both mature high school students and college students to read for an understanding of the erasure culture that was and is going strong in America.
When I say erasure culture, I am not talking cancel culture, Im talking the systemic silencing of female POC that has been going on forever.
My Broken language is written to tell the untold stories of the women of her family. The mother, sisters, cousins, aunts, grandmother; all generations of female strength. While listening to the audiobook, I am both saddened and grateful for the inclusion of all effected women into this remembrance of a time when silence was accepted and expected.
My Broken Language instills a cultural history lesson women will not get in most schools. Unless you have a family member that remembers vividly these times, most of the next generation may not know of it.
Below is one of the many thought provoking quotes I remember from My Broken Language.
You don’t notice erosion when it’s happening.Quiara Alegría Hudes, My Broken Language.
This memoir had me laughing, crying, angry, and inspired while reading the highs and lows of her childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. A well-written emotional rollercoaster for me.
There are many memerable parts to this memoir. From the beginning, moving to a farm, where her mother seldom spoke her native language in front of her husband. To the times when a feeling of spiritual otherworldlyness overtakes the author as she answers questions both superficial and layers deep at the same time.
From passionate debates, unsuccessfully trying to convince classmates, all women using government assistance are not welfare queens, to passionately listening to music staff stun her to silence with a sonata by Schubert. Quiara A. Hudes life has been a wonderful adventure with multiple turns.
I loved listening to this memoir. I will be thinking about this one for a very long time.
I also enjoyed that it is not simply the authors journey. We learn the history of most women in her family, and how they affect her individual growth and understanding of the world and her many places in it.
As I said earlier, I recommend this memoir whole-heartedly to not only high school and college students, but to all readers, women and men alike, for the understanding and signifigance of what is represented in these pages. It is not surprising it won the pulitzer prize.
This memoir has colorful language, but I believe when taken in context would not be considered offensive. There are curse words abound in these pages, but they do not distract from the central message.
I enjoyed every aspect of this memoir. From the poignant topics to the earthy and familiar style the author used to bring this book to life for me.
I gave My Broken Language by Quiara Alegría Hudes five stars. There is nothing I did not enjoy about this memoir. It is engaging and informative. I recommend it to all mature readers.
What about you? Have you read My Broken Language by Quiara Alegria Hudes? What are your thoughts? Was this review helpful? Let me know in the comments below.
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