A portrait of life in the Mission District of San Francisco uses colloquial prose and Latino slang to capture a colorful group of Mexican-American characters in search of a piece of the American pie. A first novel. Tour.
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At the heart of this farcical novel is a cast of true-to-life Mexican American characters who are determined to carve off a slice of the American dream. With a keen eye for both the reality and the absurdity of life in San Francisco's Latino quarter, Louie Garcia Robinson presents a loving--but satirical--portrait of the people he knows all too well.From Kirkus Reviews:
Humorous romp through San Francisco's Mission District--with its Mexican-American gossips, political aspirations, passions and hanky-panky, pieties and wildly funny blasphemies. Short, stout, bunion-plagued widow Delfina Varela has spent her life asking forgiveness for sins she never had the chance to commit; having been trained to resist enticements, she's prayed fervently for God to send her a Major Temptation so that she can prove herself; when not even this prayer is granted, she resolves to sell her soul to the Devil in exchange for a car--preferably a Cadillac--so that she can visit her ailing sister without relying on exhausting public transportation. Delfina's quest, with its very funny consequences, gives this first novel its title, but she is only one of several protagonists, each with a (sometimes overlapping) storyline and personal mission: businessman Manny Caballos suffers through the satirically rendered inanities of ethnic politics in his quixotic desire to assist the rise to power of a Mexican-American JFK; sex-obsessed Ruy Lopez is seduced by a very willing but bland Anglo woman and her wildly sensual daughter, has absolutely tasteless (and hysterical) fantasies about the Virgin Mary, but when his wife cuckolds him, finds he cannot (and doesn't even want to) act out his cherished scenarios of macho revenge. Meanwhile, prostitutes work at the Marisol Emporium of Psychic Counseling and Healing; thieves and drug-dealers connive; a beautiful accountant falls for a punk; and a fat file-clerk is lifted to matrimonial glory. Whimsical photographs purport to show the characters as real. A charming debut. -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Descripción Anchor, 1993. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0385468687
Descripción Anchor, 1993. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P110385468687
Descripción Anchor. PAPERBACK. Estado de conservación: New. 0385468687 New Condition. Nº de ref. de la librería NEW6.0181206