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Watercolor Women / Opaque Men: A Novel in Verse

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  49 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Watercolor Women / Opaque Men is a wild and raucous narrative of a single, working mother, the daughter of Chicano migrant workers, and her struggles for upward mobility. With a remarkable combination of tenderness, wicked humor, and biting satire, the main character, Ella-or "She"-moves toward establishing her sexual identity (she has affairs with both men and women) and ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Curbstone Books
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Pia Mogollon
Thank you Ana Castilla for your sharp, direct and poignant voice. These are poems of life, of love, of struggle, adversity. All so eloquently, honestly stated. I love them. I love Ana Castillo.

Excerpt from "El Hio"
...And damn her again (since damnation meant nothing to a godless man)
Damn her agnosticism & her faith in him.
Other days when he was much less sullen it could b said, he marveled at the person
who had set an example of fortitude & tenacity, if not to emulate
than to admire...
a novel-poem. genius.
Innovative and provocative. I was initially dubious about the format but found that the writing style imparted a cadence to the story that enhanced its delivery. Perfect compliment to starting the year having read Henriquez's Book of Unknown Americans--and Eire's Learning to Die in Miami and Thorpe's Just Like Us in previous years--all of which provide both fictionalized and biographical glimpses into the kaleidoscope that is the Latino immigrant experience. Highly recommend.
This is, indeed, a novel in verse--mostly three-line stanzas in narrative form but with mythological references contrasting contemporary/quotidian images of cleaning toilets and getting hit on by a college professor. There's a lot of heavy-handedness here, but the verse form helped me get over that. The poetic lines and repeated motifs softened the hard edges and gave the work a larger, more mythological sense of "Ella"--the everywoman protagonist.
Jul 24, 2007 Steven rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone
This was the first book I read by Ana Castillo and it was as excellent introduction to her work.
with a chapter titled righteous white boys. how could you go wrong?
The way she wrote this novel, entirely in verse, was amazing.
Joe Brunory
well written poetry with plenty of ties to modern issues
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