What reading have you enjoyed most in the past year and why?
It was a dark and chilly night, Victor Flores sat at his kitchen table, thinking about his future. His mother and sisters had already gone to sleep, but he couldn’t, worrying over the most important decision of his life. The price of American corn was much cheaper than the corn he grew in Mexico so he could barely make any profit, let alone support his whole family. His father died four years ago and he was left to be “the man” of the family but, the reality was, that he had to think about this option of crossing in order to survive.
Was he going to keep selling Mexican corn and push his family to starvation? Or was he going to take the risk like his father, and try to cross the border to the United States?
As I was reading the book Crossing the Wire by Will Hobbs, I could feel 15-year-old Victor’s struggle. He went through all sorts of hardship, not only while crossing the border, but also after he arrived into the U.S. I thinkthe book did a particularly good job of describing the details of physical and emotional pain that Victor endured, which is one of the reasons why I enjoyed this book as I think it is important for authors to bring reality to their writing.
我在读这本由Will Hobbs执笔的《Crossing the Wire》，我能体会到15岁Victor内心的挣扎。在他决定来美国和真正来到美国以后，他的人生经历了各种各样的困境。我享受读这本书的其中一个原因就是，它很巧妙地刻画了主人公在经历身体和心理痛苦时的细节，而我认为把现实写进书里对于一个作家是很重要的。
For example, on the night that Victor decided to leave his family, the sorrow he experienced might be something that I could never understand. However, Will Hobbs used his beautiful language to transport me into Victor’s shoes and made me realize how hard of a choice this was.
What I appreciated more about this book is thatit presents current political issues in the terms of a normal human being. After reading it, I not only gained a deeper understanding of the current situation between the U.S. and Mexico, but also developed even more empathy to those suffering from it.
Just this year, the ninth grade in my school went on a service trip to Tucson, Arizona. We visited the border wall on the last day of our trip, and I was able to put names to the faces. The city of Nogalesis divided in half by a huge metal fence, which stretched out to a point beyond vision. There were border patrols everywhere, the atmosphere was tense and uncomfortable.
I tried to imagine myself as Victor, having to run away from armed police, trying to find a way to sneak through the little gaps between the fences. When I first learned about the whole U.S.-Mexico border situation, I didn’t understand much of it.After reading this book and visiting the border, I looked at the matter through the lenses of a young man trying to help his family, and what kind of crime is that?