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Ballad of Another Time: A Novel

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A haunting, almost uncanny tale of love and honor in which the three main characters move through a world of secret passions and silences. . . . [Set in Puerto Rico], scenes of impoverished farmers, madwomen, and men in coffee shops and cafes combine to form a blend of voices and landscapes whose essence can be distilled into three words: tobacco, coffee, and sugar. . . . ...more
Paperback, 122 pages
Published December 16th 2004 by University of Wisconsin Press (first published September 1st 1987)
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The foreword had me excited to see the parallels between the story and Puerto Rican politics and history, but I don't know enough about those or wasn't literarily astute enough to discern them! Would love to discuss with someone more familiar.
I had to read this for class and I was pleasantly surprised by how beautiful it is. Very quick read but very well done.
read it in spanish. Loved it bec. it's about my people and the island my family came from.
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José Luis González was a Puerto Rican essayist, novelist, short story writer, university professor, and journalist who lived most of his life in exile in Mexico due to his pro-independence political views. He is considered to be one of the most important Puerto Rican authors of the 20th century, particularly for his book Puerto Rico: The Four-Storeyed Country and Other Essays, which was first publ ...more
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El Pais de Cuatro Pisos y Otros Ensayos La llegada Cuentos Completos De José Luis González En Nueva York y otras desgracias Oído de Dios

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