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Saturday, July 25, 2015


Title: 'AMIGO' Spanish word means friend. So it means friends like brothers, It is taken from “Stories from El Barrio' (1978) by Piri Thomas.

About the Writer: Piri Thomas (1928- 2011), spent 7 years in jail due to some criminal
activities – reflected on the teachings of his parents – started dreaming positive –
decided to use his street and prison experience to help the youth to avoid such a life of crime – travelled all over the world, giving lectures and workshops – wrote stories and poems - For him, writing became a tool to discover who he really was and to portray his Puerto Rican and African-American heritage - Thomas’s writings are all set where he grew up, in New York City. He writes about neighbourhoods that are heavily populated with Puerto Ricans and African Americans, such as Spanish Harlem and the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Thomas’s writing celebrates the strength and determination of the people in his community. - Best seller “Down These Mean Streets”, a memoir.

 Characters: Antonio Criux & Felix Vargas - Common points: –two guys of 17years old – like brothers – live in the same place, from lower East Side of Manhattan.
Physical features: Two entirely different
Antonio:- Fair, Lean, and lanky (thin and bony)

Felix:- Dark, short and Husky (big and strong)

Plot: A story of two friends who felt like brothers, Antonio Criux & Felix Vargas -best boxers of their club but only one can represent Golden Gloves Championship Tournament – a question of friendship or championship – only one winner - decide to fight but not ready to harm the other - to be friends but to fight – they split and work to get together after fight – Antonio with Aunt Lucy in the Bronx - fight their hardest in 3 rounds - equal – go out of the ring after the fight without waiting for the announcement of the name of the winner - “No matter what the decision, they knew they would always be champions to each other.”

Message: True friendship lasts for ever, even after a great fight.



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