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Américo Paredes

George Washington Gómez: A Mexicotexan Novel

Fiction | Novel | Adult | Published in 1990

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George Washington Gómez by Américo Paredes follows the life of Guálinto Gómez, born to Mexican parents in southeastern Texas between the World Wars. As Guálinto grows up amid socioeconomic challenges, racial discrimination, and political tensions, he struggles with his identity and aspirations, swinging between wanting to be a law enforcer and a revolutionary. After many personal trials involving family and friends, Guálinto ultimately leaves his community, changes his name, and becomes entangled in political affairs, only to return years later as a changed man, confronting his disillusioned past and heritage. The novel contains discussions of racism.

Reviews & Readership

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Review Roundup

George Washington Gomez by Américo Paredes is widely lauded for its rich portrayal of Mexican-American life along the Texas-Mexico border, blending cultural insights with historical context. Critics appreciate its poignant storytelling and nuanced characters. Some note, however, that its episodic structure can be disjointed. Overall, it's a thought-provoking read.

Who should read this

Who Should Read George Washington Gomez?

Readers who would enjoy George Washington Gomez by Américo Paredes are likely interested in American history, Mexican-American culture, and coming-of-age stories. Fans of The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros and Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya will appreciate its rich cultural context and exploration of identity.

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Book Details


Action / Adventure

Historical Fiction

American Literature


Immigration / Refugee

Race / Racism


Identity: Race

Identity: Masculinity

Life/Time: Coming of Age