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  • ISBN: 156025646X
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: John Sayles
  • Subcategory: Genre Fiction
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Nation Books; 2nd edition (December 20, 2004)
  • Pages: 480 pages
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Award-winning writer John Sayles's critically acclaimed novel explores fifty years of Cuban-American relations. I've seen several other Sayles films since then, but Los Gusanos is the first book of his that I've read. It is, indeed, exceptional.

Award-winning writer John Sayles's critically acclaimed novel explores fifty years of Cuban-American relations. Set in Miami in 1981. It's sad that with all the attention that is given to Cuba and Castro, this book is not more widely read.

From filmmaker John Sayles (The Return of the Secaucus Seven, Matewan), a novel set in contemporary Miami that brings to life the heart and soul of the Cuban community. Filled with passion, violence, sex, and unforgettable characters, 'Los Gusanos' is a rare combination of literary fiction and commercial storytelling with tremendous commercial appeal.

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John Thomas Sayles is a novelist, screenwriter, director, and actor

Los Gusanos (which literally means 'the worms' but is also used in Cuban Spanish to refer to Cuban-Americans) is ostensibly the story of Marta, a young woman of convictions which are almost. Пользовательский отзыв - Kirkus. John Thomas Sayles is a novelist, screenwriter, director, and actor. He was born in Schenectady, New York, on September 28, 1950. in psychology from Williams College in 1972. Two novels and a collection of short stories were published in the 1970s.

Award-winning writer John Sayles's critically acclaimed novel explores fifty years of Cuban-American relations

Award-winning writer John Sayles's critically acclaimed novel explores fifty years of Cuban-American relations.

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This, my second chat with John Sayles (we last met in 1995 for his Cuban exile novel, Los Gusanos), turned out to be a lengthy . John Sayles: There have only been the publishing trade magazines, Kirkus and those.

This, my second chat with John Sayles (we last met in 1995 for his Cuban exile novel, Los Gusanos), turned out to be a lengthy conversation touching on his new opus, his new film, the perils of independent film making, and any number of asides and anecdotes from a full and storied creative life.

John Sayles’s previous novels includePride of the Bimbos,Los Gusanos, and the National Book . Being The John Sayles Blogger, I am of course partial to A Moment in the Sun. But you don’t have to take my word for it!

John Sayles’s previous novels includePride of the Bimbos,Los Gusanos, and the National Book Dues A Moment in the Sun. 12 October 2012 .

John Sayles’s previous novels include Pride of the Bimbos, Los Gusanos, and the National Book Award - nominated Union Dues. He has directed seventeen feature films, including Matewan, Eight Men Out, and Lone Star, and received a John Cassavetes Award, a John Steinbeck Award, and two Academy Award nominations. His latest film, Amigo, was completed in 2010.

Award-winning writer John Sayles's critically acclaimed novel explores fifty years of Cuban-American relations. Set in Miami in 1981, Los Gusanos is the vivid and moving account of one extended family's life in Cuba and the United States. With pathos and understanding, Sayles introduces us to a memorable range of characters—young, old, black, and white—all of whom are struggling to make a new life in their adopted country while haunted by the memories of Cuba. Taking as its title the derogatory term Castro used to describe those who fled to Miami after he came to power, Los Gusanos is beautifully rendered; a deterministic study of who will be the casualty and who the survivor in a time of political upheaval.
Reviews about Los Gusanos: A Novel (Nation Books) (3):
Hra
Sayles has long been one of my favorite movie directors, and I have intended to try one of his novels for many years now.

I have very mixed feelings about Los Gusanos as a book. I do not think that it is a success, although it has some spectacular sections and the quality of the writing is very high. Still, I am not sure that I would recommend this book to anyone who was not either a fan of Sayles as a director or someone interested in literature dealing with the Bay of Pigs.

Like many Sayles films, Los Gusanos is an ensemble piece. Reading the plot synopsis may give you the impression that the book is about Marta and her mission. Nothing could be further from the truth. Much like Joan of Arc (who she idolizes) Marta is nearly perfectly opaque-- her thoughts and motivations unclear. We are granted a look into the deepest thoughts and memories of many of the characters, making nearly everyone else more transparent than she. Even the stroke-disabled inarticulate father has his stream-of-consciousness fits of rage. Marta is cool, unapproachable, and we only really see her thinking when she mixes her voice with that of the diary of her dead brother.

It is an interesting thing that despite the resistance that Sayles clearly has to traditional narrative form, his films succeed the most (Lone Star, Passion Fish, Matewan) when we still have a central character or characters where the audience can fix their focus. One of the main problems with Los Gusanos is that this focus is lost, making the reading experience difficult and even occasionally broken despite the device of the new invasion. I found that I resented getting so close to so many characters who made only brief appearances. Villas is a good example of that-- I wanted so much more of his story than Los Gusanos gave me. A stronger central thread would have made this objection less serious, or even removed it altogether.

I also found the the device of switching between Spanish and English was at least a little bit irritating, particularly in passages where we know that the entire conversation was held in Spanish. It had the unfortunate effect of being the literary equivalent of giving the Spanish film characters a strong Spanish accent when they talk amongst themselves in English.

There are an awful lot of good things in this book, and if you are interested in reading it then please do not let this review dissuade you. Sayles has his usual glittering and objective eye for the politics of the situation-- seeing all sides clearly and seemingly without judgement. Like I said earlier, if you are already a fan of his cinematic work you should find a lot of the best elements back in this novel.
The Sinners from Mitar
The setting is interesting in itself, but, but Sayles concentrates on a specific subset of details. The story line isn't that compelling, and I got tired of being treated to the bleakest, wretchedest aspects of Cuba. Decided to put it down.
MeGa_NunC
I first became aware of John Sayles after seeing his movie "Matewan". I loved the movie; the union organizer, Joe Kenehan, is my all-time favorite movie hero (well, next to my boyhood hero, Shane). I've seen several other Sayles films since then, but Los Gusanos is the first book of his that I've read. It is, indeed, exceptional. It's sad that with all the attention that is given to Cuba and Castro, this book is not more widely read. I lived in Miami for 36 years - and, inevitably, read and heard innumerable opinions about Cuba - but until Los Gusanos I never encountered anyone who portrayed so well the complexity of the human beings involved. One cannot help but be interestd in - even like - many of Sayles's characters, yet none of them is perfect. Most are very imperfect. Some are despicable - both pro-Castro and anti-Castro types, though those terms aren't the best to use to describe these complicated, often torn people. So, I urge anyone with an interest in modern Cuba to read Los Gusanos. It will fascinate, disturb, and move you.

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