Jimmy Santiago Baca Summary

Summary (Masterpieces of American Literature)

Baca has developed into a powerful spokesman for Chicano culture, enshrining life in the barrio and writing in a style with a distinctively Hispanic flavor. Embodying his vision in the character Martín, a down-to-earth man with mythic qualities, Baca urges Chicanos to reclaim and hold on to their culture.

Baca’s vision is one that all readers can share and ponder. Like Wendell Berry, Gary Snyder, and the Appalachian poet Jim Wayne Miller, Baca provides a critique of mainstream but diluted American culture. Like those other writers, Baca speaks for an alternative way of life that is rooted in the land, a distinct culture, and loving relationships.