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Los Gusanos: A Novel

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  71 ratings  ·  9 reviews
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.
Hardcover, First Edition, 473 pages
Published 1991 by HarperCollins Publishers
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John Sayles the renowned filmmaker known for films of novelistic complexity (Lone Star, Men with Guns, Matewan, and City of Hope just to name my favorites) is not surprisingly a novelist, and a good one. Like some of his films he takes a politically sensitive area or situation and dramatizes it with an ensemble cast and a variety of view points. Here it is the Cuban refugee community in Southern Florida. His excellent ability with characters, dialogue, and a terrific cast of characters keeps thi ...more
This is the same John Sayles the director. I saw the book at a book sale for under a dollar and decided I should give it a go just because I love his films but really sort of secretly hoped it wouldn't be very good just because I resent the renaissance types who excell in everything they do. Well, fuck me. It's great.
I'd recently seen the Soderbergh 4 hour film exploration of Che where I had a chance to experience a particular view of the Cuban revolution. Los Gusanos (The Worms) is a cubistic
Kris Fernandez-everett
interesting book -- i liked the narrative structure, even if it did feel a bit over-long... perhaps there's more literature out there on the aftermath of the bay of pigs -- happy to take any suggestions, as living in south florida gives me a unique perspective on what 'hispanic' means... as someone of spanish (spain) descent, i'm always looking in from a distance...

one word of caution on this book -- i'm not entirely sure how someone without a decent ability to read intermediate level spanish co
It's good so far--it has a lot of spanish phrases, that are left untranslated, so I got a spanish/english dictionary that I also carry around to refer to when I don't know something. It's good practice and a way to expand my vocabulary a little. It's in my favorite style of following different intertwined characters for a chapter at a time from their own perspectives....
Jul 16, 2009 Nancy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2009
A good novel about Cuban exiles in Miami. The author uses a lot of Spanish in the dialogue, and I enjoyed this, but had it been Russian or Chinese or any other language I don't read, I would have found it very annoying. So, a warning. But otherwise, very much worth reading.
You might have to read it twice, so many different stories that don't connect until the book's almost over. Also an excellent indie film-maker, I recommend his films too.
Val Wilkerson
I just couldn't take any more of the violence of the character El Halcon. It just depressed is to short. Cannot recommend this book to any of my friends
one of the books that got me started seeking out and reading "good" books
a lot of spanish .
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John Thomas Sayles is an independent film director, screenwriter, novelist and short story writer who frequently plays small roles in his own and other indie films.
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