Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A. is a 1993 autobiographical book by Mexican-American author Luis J. Rodriguez.
In the story of the book, Rodriguez recounts his days as a member of a street gang in Los Angeles (specifically, East Los Angeles and the city's eastern suburbs), has been highly acclaimed and contrasted to the works of Louis-Ferdinand Celine and George Orwell's Down and Out in Paris and London in its description of the lives of desperate, impoverished individuals in big cities.
Rodriguez talks about the hardships of immigrating to America, while also dealing with the hardships of trying to rise above the extreme poverty and racial oppression that drive and characterize the gang violence of Los Angeles.
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