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Summary

In Spanish. Francisco Jiménez writes of his childhood growing up in an immigrant Mexican family. His narrative is simple, as from a child's point of view, but that same simplicity packs the power of a highly skilled storyteller.

Beautifully and authentically rendered by actor and playwright Adrian Vargas, these twelve stories tell of the almost unendurable journey most migrant campesinos undertake to find the American Dream. The recording concludes with an afterword recorded by the author. Cajas de Cartón is also available in English as The Circuit.

©1997 Francisco Jimé (P)2001 Audio Bookshelf

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"La frontera...I heard it for the first time back in the late 1940s when Papá and Mamá told me... that someday we would take a long trip, cross la frontera, enter California, and leave our poverty behind." ( Booklist)

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  • Daniel W. Fox, Jr.
  • 09-07-07

It touched my heart

I'm an Anglo who teaches high school Spanish in a suburb of Houston. I listen to these stories for entertainment and to improve my Spanish.
This story was written in very comprehensible Spanish and read by a good reader. Most important, the story was sensational! I could visualize the two boys waving to the train conductor. I could imagine the family's anguish when the baby got sick. It was a very touching story. I listened to it twice.

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  • Vaughn
  • 08-07-06

Simple, engaging language

I really liked this book. It's simple, but I found it to be very compelling. I appreciated his lack of drama. When you've finished one of the chapters you become aware that you just read something very moving, but that it wasn't "in your face". He doesn't use dramatic adjectives to tell the story. He doesn't use excessive literary devices. He just tells the story, and let's the story carry itself. I kept trying to understand why the story was so compelling to me because the author doesn't try to introduce drama or suspense as a literary device. The book is also good for an intermediate student of Spanish.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-10-18

lindo libro y gran lección de vida

Este libro es excelente. Me encantó. Me llevó a imaginarme cómo era la vida de este niño y como con tan poco se puede ser feliz. Además de darme cuenta cómo era o sigue siendo la vida de los trabajadores indocumentados en los campos de USA.

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  • Linda G. Horner
  • 19-09-18

Great story, helps us understand others' struggles

The author's message helps us understand life from another person's perspective and experiences, so we can be more compassionate.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-08-18

Great

It’s great specially if how immigrants get to u.s how were the fear to live with out green card.

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  • gotfocus1
  • 07-01-13

Incredible Story!

Where does Cajas de Carton rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Absolutely loved this book! It was assigned reading in my conversational Spanish class and I could not put it down. I read it numerous times and then decided to purchase it on audible to help improve my Spanish listening comprehension. The narrator is wonderful for a beginning Spanish speaker because he doesn't speak too fast. The story of Francisco's life is very moving and will definitely make you rethink the illegal immigration situation in this country. I highly recommend this book as well as his next 2 books which follow his life through graduation from college.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Cajas de Carton?

When his sister used his pennies to buy gum and then their house burned down. My heart just ached for him and his family.

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  • Malvys
  • 17-10-12

Pense que estaba mas interesante!!!

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

no del todo

How did the narrator detract from the book?

muy mal narrado

Do you think Cajas de Carton needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

no a mi parecer

Any additional comments?

es una triste historia ,pero tan mal narrada q la vuelve tediosa

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  • Marcio
  • 12-01-08

Diferente

Definitivamente diferente. Escrita desde el punto de vista de un nino. Es una historia ingenua y triste pero sincera.