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THINE IS THE KINGDOM

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Book Summary of THINE IS THE KINGDOM

Reading Abilio Est+¬vez's Thine Is the Kingdom is a little like attending a cocktail party blindfolded: a million conversations are all happening at the same time and you have to work to figure out just who's talking. But this remarkable novel out of Cuba is worth the extra effort. Set in a run-down enclave of pre-Castro Havana known as the Island, the story follows the fortunes of its residents through a magical realist dreamscape of fantasy, history, life, death, love, and the weather. There is the crazy Barefoot Countess; the pastry vendor, Merengue; and the bookstore owner Rolo. There is Miss Berta who lives with her always sleeping 90-year-old mother, Dona Juana, and Irene who lives with her not-yet-out-of-the-closet gay son, Lucio. Professor Kingston, the Jamaican English teacher; Casta Diva, a would-be opera singer; Chavito, the carver of poor imitations of classical statues; Vido, the adolescent voyeur; Mercedes and her blind sister Marta who dreams of Florence--the cast is enormous and cacophonous. The book hopscotches among characters, tenses, first-, second-, and third-person narratives--often within the same paragraph--as Est+¬vez plunges us headlong into the inner thoughts, dreams, and fears of his multitude of dramatis personae:On this page it is best to use the future tense, a generally inadvisable practice. It has already been written that Chacho had gotten back from Headquarters just past four in the afternoon, and that he was the first to notice the coming storm.... The following day, after the events that will soon be narrated had taken place, Chacho will begin to talk less, and less, and less, until he decides to take to bed.... And, as it is best not to abuse this generally inadvisable tense, it is just and proper that we leave Chacho to his silence until such a time as he should reappear, as God wills it, in this narration.In less accomplished hands this hodgepodge of voices, narrative threads, and personalities might have added up to literary bedlam. But there is method in Est+¬vez's madness as the story gradually emerges; in the meantime the sheer force of his prose and sly commentary on his own inventions carry the reader through this brilliant debut by one of Cuba's best and brightest new voices. --Alix Wilber

Details of Book: THINE IS THE KINGDOM (BSID:55825)

Book THINE IS THE KINGDOM
Author Abilio Estevez
ISBN 1559705043
ISBN-13 9781559705042, 978-1559705042
Binding Paperback
Publisher Arcade Publishing
Publishing Date 12/01/2000
Number of Pages 336
Language English
Dimensions 9.1 x 6 x 1 inches
Weight 544 grams

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Ann May 13, 2015 review from Goodreads

De bedoeling van het boek zal wellicht goed zijn, maar het blijft een bizar verhaal (of net gebrek aan verhaal of gebrek aan achtergrond), waardoor ik er toch niet echt inkwam tenzij op het allerlaatste. Het geeft wel een bepaalde sfeer weer, maar ook een hele andere dan ik van Cuba had verwacht....

Becky February 08, 2015 review from Goodreads

Was reading the English version - couldn't get into it. One of the few books I started and couldn't finish.

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