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Loosing My Espanish

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ISBN13: 9781400078141
ISBN10: 1400078148
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Oscar Delossantos is about to lose his job as a teacher at a Jesuit high school in Chicago. Rather than go quietly, he embarks on a valiant last history lesson that chronicles the flight from Cuba of his makeshift extended family.Evoking the struggle between nostalgia and the realities of the Cuban Revolution with both grit and lyricism, he inspires his students with an altogether dazzling reinterpretation of the Cuban-American experience.

By turns heartbreaking, funny, and brilliantly inventive, Loosing My Espanish is a singular debut.

About the Author

H. G. Carrillos work has appeared in The Kenyon Review and Glimmer Train, among other journals and magazines. A Ph.D. candidate and instructor in the Department of English at Cornell University, he divides his time between Ithaca, New York, and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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fragglera, October 6, 2009 (view all comments by fragglera)
This is a lovely, lyrical novel about memory, loss, and history. The protagonist rewrites himself and his personal history back into the historical narrative that he teaches his class. I have read this book at least half a dozen times, it is quite vivid and nearly hallucinatory in the final section as it moves in several directions at once; the narrator finally revealing his own memory of loss, and moving toward a sense of completion as he contemplates the loss of his place in the school. This is a convoluted portrait comprised of subtle gradations, the narrator reveals his own complicated interweaving identities through the force of narrative. I study Comparative Literature, and hope someday to teach this book, it is both simple enough for an undergrad (who doesn't speak Spanish but knows how to use a dictionary) to read and yet is so densely layered that it reveals more upon reflection. A lovely, heartbreaking, enchanting narrative.
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porsito, June 3, 2006 (view all comments by porsito)
I picked up a copy of this book out of curiosity. It was difficult for me to read as I do not know "Espanish" very well and the dialogue jumps back and forth quite a bit between English and Spanish/Espanish. I was able to understand for the most part what was going on, though.

I must say that I found some of the writing to be a bit pretentious at times, but the character development was quite excellent. I found myself becoming quite interested in what was going to happen next with the characters.

I found some moments in the book to be quite humorous, whether they were intended to be or not, probably because some events in the book resembled some moments in my youth.

The first two thirds of the book were really quite good, but it became obvious that the last one third of the book was quickly thrown together to finish off the book. The last one third felt quite disjointed, hurried, and hap-hazard. It's a shame that what started out as such a promising novel had to be finished off in such a disappointing fashion. It felt like the author was distracted or being pressured into hurrying up to finish the book to get it published before it really was ready.

Overall, it's an "okay" book, especially considering it was the author's first attempt at writing a novel. Hopefully if he decides to write another book, he'll either take or be allowed to take the time to finish it off properly. It's a shame to start something special and finish it off like it has become something to get done with and out of the way.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781400078141
Author:
Carrillo, H G
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Author:
Carrillo, H. G.
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20051031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.12x5.26x.72 in. .56 lbs.

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