Hailed as a 'masterpiece' in ""NewsWeek"" magazine by Yale art historian Robert Ferris Thompson, the life history of Benjy Lopez is now available in an expanded edition which includes Benjy Lopez' return and life in Puerto Rico as a successful businessman. This engaging autobiographical account is a pioneering vision exposing the half-truth that the typical experience of the ordinary Puerto Rican, particularly of the Puerto Rican transposed to New York City, is exclusively defined by privation, fear, prejudice, and culture shock. In so doing, Barry B. Levine successfully combats the myth of the victimized immigrant, proposing a picaresque sociology that acknowledges an actor's agency even under the most difficult circumstances.
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Barry B. Levine, University in Miami, was for twenty years the editor of Caribbean Review, and authored several books including The Caribbean Exodus, and The New Cuban Presence in the Caribbean.
"Wonderful." - Newsweek "Levine has rescued Third World man from indignity." - Latin America in Books"