Parrot in the Oven: Mi Vida

Parrot in the Oven: Mi Vida

Victor Martinez / Apr 01, 2020
Parrot in the Oven Mi Vida Manny relates his coming of age experiences as a member of a poor Mexican American family in which the alcoholic father only adds to everyone s struggle
  • Title: Parrot in the Oven: Mi Vida
  • Author: Victor Martinez
  • ISBN: 9780780779556
  • Page: 404
  • Format: Paperback
  • Manny relates his coming of age experiences as a member of a poor Mexican American family in which the alcoholic father only adds to everyone s struggle.
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      • Victor Martinez

        Victor Martinez was born and raised in Fresno, California, the fourth in a family of twelve children He attended California State University at Fresno and Stanford University, and has worked as a field laborer, welder, truck driver, firefighter, teacher, and office clerk His poems, short stories, and essays have appeared in journals and anthologies Mr Martinez was awarded the 1996 National Book Award for Young People s Literature for Parrot in the Oven, his first novel He now makes his home in San Francisco, California.

    456 Comments

    1. Run of the mill novel that sounds at first like an autobiography but is actually not Mega Bummer It would be forgivable if the TRUE life story was not all that enticing writing it down is the main thing, after all But for a work of FICTION to be pedestrian average alcoholic father, hard working mother, lazy brother, work in fields, times at school Well if it s labeled as YA, then perhaps, like this novel, it might just win a National Book Award It truly just might


    2. I will be teaching this novel to 8th grade struggling readers this year, on the recommendation of a teacher friend of mine.At first, I was less than impressed Now that I think about it though, that might be because I have been living in dystopian YA fiction for awhile and am used to starting a book with a dramatic event like a choosing But as the story progressed, I found I liked the main character and , and I found that the rhythm of his life is much like the students I teach When he is focuse [...]


    3. Winner of the 1996 National Book Award for Young People s Fiction, Parrot in the Oven Mi Vida is less a sweeping traditional novel and a series of short character sketches The poetic style, though beautiful and intriguing, leaves the reader feeling confused and disjointed, though this may be the point Living in a poor Mexican American project in California, Manny Hernandez attempts to navigate the minefield that is his life just as the reader attempts to navigate the short vignettes Son to a vi [...]


    4. Parrot in the Oven a novel written by Victor Martinez, talks about the life of Manny Hernandez who lives a tough life Manny has a jobless and drunk father An older brother named Nardo who who never could find the right job for himself A mother who cared about him and wanted father to find a job An older sister named Magda and a younger one named Pedi Then there are some other characters such as the Garcia brothers, grandma and Frankie This story s main setting took place in the projects where Ma [...]


    5. In the book Parrot in the Oven by Victor Martinez, Manny the main character, lives a hard life All Manny wants is some respect, and where he lives it is not all that easy Manny considers joining the Vato Firme a local gang that he s introduced to But he s not sure if thats the best idea Manny knows joining the gang could bring trouble There are many important characters in this book starting with Mann s mom Who does not have a job and is constantly working around her house Next, there is Manny s [...]


    6. Kind of bland, and it doesn t really go anywhere as there s no real narrative But it s interesting enough and it kept my attention, so that s saying something.


    7. Hm, feels a bit unfinished Had a lot of creative descriptions But also had an abrupt and choppy flow, which was annoying I felt the story could have been organized better.


    8. It is safe enough to say that Parrot in the Oven Mi Vida is now one of my favorite books This book is something different than what I usually enjoy reading but a little change does not hurt I enjoyed reading the whole book and watching the main character, Manny, develop into the strong independent person he turns out to be in the end I liked how the author wrote out the plot because this book was relatabe The issues Manny faced which were poverty, abuse, and cultural discrimination are relatable [...]


    9. Stylistically similar to Gary Soto, but without Soto s flair The pervasive use of figurative language throughout the book is very heavy handed, and at times feels like a student exercise than a literary work The main character has no real arc there s no noticeable development to track This would make sense in a true autobiography or memoir, which the book seems to want to be But in a work of fiction it s unsatisfying.



    10. So after I sort of metaphorically kicked Stiefvater s butt again with a negative review, I have to share another negative review with you I ve read some reviews where the question is asked, Why did this stupid book get the National Book Award and to me the answer was easy.If you look at the year it was published, the fact the setting is in California, and you take into account the racial tensions that occurred at many high schools there during that time period, the love people felt for this book [...]


    11. At first the book was misleading and boring because in the first chapter the author only talked about Nardo who is the main characters brother I wanted to stop reading because the book didn t catch my attention but as I kept reading I noticed how I relate to Manny a lot I saw how Manny dealt with his family problems, bullying, and being happy with himself and as a teenager myself I know this will help me This book helped me realize that just because life is hard you shouldn t turn to anything ba [...]


    12. Martinez story read to me like a series of vignettes Each chapter added to the collective of a narrative Yet, the chapters were used to build a context of Manny s life, rather than develop concrete moments that follow a traditional trajectory of story telling There did not seem to be those crucial decision making moments that would inevitably change the course of Manny s life Instead, Manny seemed like a lost kid stumbling into problems that he just as clumsy stumbles away from All in the cont [...]


    13. Manny Hernandez walks among everyone s shadow His father is a gambling alcoholic who has trouble holding down a job and relies on his children to make ends meet Manny s mother works vigorously to keep the house clean and the family together His older brother, Nardo, is lazy and selfish His older sister, Magda, is vain and selfish and almost ends up like her mother, a pregnant teenager forced to marry the father of the baby with no other options His little sis, Pedi, is a brat and the favorite of [...]


    14. Parrot in the Oven by Victor Martinez is an emotional story that sets out to portray life in the Barrio In the story, fourteen year old Manny Hernandez is struggling in life to become someone As hard as he tries it s hard for him because he has to live with an alcoholic father, worried mother, annoying sister and his older brother who can t seem to get a job In Manny s neighborhood you can t be a good kid like Manny You have to be in a gang to be known Manny has to experience many stressful even [...]


    15. As posted in I m sorry but I really do not see what was special in Martinez Parrot in the Oven that reaped him some awards I did not see anything special about the story However, I do agree that Martinez does have a way with words They were eye catching and made you wonder Parrot in the Oven is divided into chapters that each one focuses on one particular topic While there is a subtle storyline throughout, the overall picture is blurred There s that missing link that prevents you from knowing e [...]


    16. To be honest, I didn t care for this book I read it because the high school class I observed this semester was studying it, but I struggled to enjoy it at all Parrot in the Oven covers about a year in the lift of Manny, a member of an immigrant family who lives in the projects The story is told in a series of vignettes, like a bad version of House on Mango Street Manny is not a particularly interesting character, and he lacks originality or a will to do anything Usually, the story seems to happe [...]


    17. Where do I start off about this book It impacted me so much after reading it because of the message it gives at the end of the story Throughout the story, it is the explaining the life of Manny and his connection with his family The Hernandez family is the perfect description of a really messed up family His dad is a drunk, his mom won t ever stop listening to him, his big sister has already been pregnant and she lost the baby, his big brother can t find a job, and they finally have a little bab [...]


    18. One of my graduate school professors thought that my students would really like this story, and that they would be able to connect to it as a result of the Latino main character The teenage male protagonist is engaging, and this novel depicts his coming of age struggles to which many of my students could connect.Some of my Latino students did not like Parrot in the Oven, however, because they felt that it only told the typical South of the Border story in which immigrants cross the Mexican borde [...]


    19. Parrot in the Oven by Victor Martinez is a harshly realistic book about the struggles of growing up in poverty in California It follows the life of a fourteen year old Mexican boy, Manny, who lives in a housing project with his alcoholic dad, his mom, his teenage brother and sister and little sister He does well in school, but faces many obstacles His dad is unemployed and his mom works hard to even put food on the table His brother gets into some trouble and his sister has a miscarriage after b [...]


    20. It is difficult to believe that this is a winner of the National Book Award and the Horn Book Fanfare Honor list.Dealing with the very difficult subject of abuse, alcoholism, neglect, poverty and the hardship of the Mexican American culture is a lot of material to cover.While the writing is good, the plot is missing The storyline skips around like a rabbit jumping on hot pavement.Fourteen year old Manuel has a story to tell He is very weary of a mother who is passive, a father who is physically [...]


    21. This book is a great book It about the this boy who wants to be then his father and brothers His father is a drunk and gambles all there money away his brother can t keep a job His mom is the strongest person in this book she keeps the family together and keep the house clean The part I hated the most about this book was when he watch his father try to kill his mother I strongly recommend this book to any one that like book about a kid and his dreams.


    22. I had to read this for school, and I absolutely despise this book It was a plotless mess that I don t quite understand why this book won an award It doesn t have that quality that wowed me or made me think It was quite cheesy and bland The characters didn t have many layers, and the similes and writing were extremely juvenile and messy Definitely wouldn t recommend this one, which is a shame I am very sad that the highest I can this book is one star, and that s for it being diverse.


    23. This book was kind of intersting.It as abaut Manny s the main character life He wanted to be someone in life His dad always told him that he was worth a penny He wanted to prove his dad wrong His dad had lost his job and he drank alot Manny was from a mexican family and I am too.This book had things that I did not expected.The reading wasn t so hard you shoul check it out.


    24. I liked this book because it was interesting I like it because it talks about a boy who has choices to make in his life by being a follower in which is by getting jumped in, in a gang or by not being a follower just him.


    25. I think that people who like to read about people with Hispanic heritage and like reading about people going through tough times.


    26. It is focused on Manny s life He is not an immigrant, but his parent are It is not easy for them because they are not treated the same as white people because they are Hispanic, and they also don t have the same opportunities as white kids in the US The book shows us that they don t have the same opportunities when Manny s mom wants to move Manny to the best school The best school was were all of the rich kids went Manny lets one of his teachers Mr.Hart know and he thinks that Manny is moving to [...]


    27. This novel is really interesting because it tells multiple stories in the novel, each chapter is like a new story It really makes you think about your family and how strong the connection in a family can be after overcoming some rough patches in the family The main character Manny is always trying to keep his family together His dad is a person who is constantly drunk In the first four chapters, he is introducing his family There have been so many things that have happened so far like Manny tran [...]


    28. In the Book, Parrot in the oven the main character Manny is a young boy who is raised by an alcoholic father and his mother His father had lost his job so did his older brother Manny s family struggles with money so he would work with his uncle selling fruit outside So far I like how the main character, Manny is hardworking knowing his family struggles and at least tries to help out even if the money he earns is not a lot After Manny stopped working with his uncle, he and his older brother both [...]


    29. There is two brothers, one is named bernardo, but they call him Nardo, and the other one is named Manny A summer he had so many jobs, and he couldn t stay with one only He wanted a new Baseball glove He and his brother worked in the chili fields The migration police came and the migrants went crazy and started running so the police knew they were migrants, so started catching them Manny s dad goes to a bar a lot and it is called Rico s Pool Hall Manny also has an older sister and she has a baby [...]


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