"The Tortilla Curtain" and Illegal Immigration Book Review by write123

"The Tortilla Curtain" and Illegal Immigration
This paper analyzes the immigrant experience in "The Tortilla Curtain" by T. Coraghessan Boyle.
# 106220 | 2,444 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2008 | US

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The paper highlights the contrast between the two couples in "The Tortilla Curtain;" the Mossbachers who are shining examples of how the American Dream is supposed to work and the Rincons, illegal immigrants who show how elusive that dream can be. The paper provides a synopsis of the novel and explores the history of illegal immigration in southern California. The paper presents the thesis that current concern over immigration is not really that different from the attitudes of earlier times and shows how the story told in "The Tortilla Curtain" is timely on many levels.

Synopsis of the Novel
Illegal Immigration in southern California

From the Paper:

"In this year's presidential campaign, the issue of illegal immigration is being used as a way to assert how dedicated a candidate is to protecting the public from terrorists, though the issue has much more to do with economic questions and changes in society than it does with terrorism. Some portray the illegal immigrant population as an invading horde and imply a nefarious purpose in their coming here, while others recognize that illegal immigrants are coming across the border, largely the southern border, looking for better economic conditions than they can find in their home country and not because they are terrorists. The issue is not as simple as much of this candidate posturing would make it seem. The immigrant experience can be analyzed in many ways, such as by looking to studies made by scholars, considering government statistics, reading news accounts of the issue, or reading a novel that delves into this territory and provides a fresh perspective. One such novel is The tortilla Curtain by T. Coraghessan Boyle."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Ashabranner, Brent. Our Beckoning Borders. New York: Cobblehill Books, 1996.
  • Boyle, T. Coraghessan. The Tortilla Curtain. New York: Penguin, 1995.
  • The City in Crisis. Los Angeles: Board of Police Commissioners, 1992.
  • Lewis, Loida Nicolas. How to Get a Green Card. Berkeley: Nolo Press, 1993.
  • Moore, Joan and Harry Pachon. Hispanics in the United States. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 1985.

Cite this Book Review:

APA Format

"The Tortilla Curtain" and Illegal Immigration (2008, July 29) Retrieved June 30, 2022, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/the-tortilla-curtain-and-illegal-immigration-106220/

MLA Format

""The Tortilla Curtain" and Illegal Immigration" 29 July 2008. Web. 30 June. 2022. <https://www.academon.com/book-review/the-tortilla-curtain-and-illegal-immigration-106220/>