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Tropical Animal

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  596 Ratings  ·  36 Reviews
Pursued by Gloria, a proud and sophisticated prostitute bent on curbing his wandering instincts, Pedro Juan is holed up in his crumbling Havana apartment—painting, beset by a growing sense of melancholy as he observes the lives of the hustlers, hipsters, and hookers in the city below. An invitation to Sweden—cold, unwelcoming, the antithesis of Pedro Juan's Cuba—gives him ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published January 11th 2006 by Carroll & Graf (first published 2000)
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Eirini
Jul 20, 2016 Eirini rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tropical animal λέγεται κανονικά αυτό το βιβλίο και αυτός ο τίτλος του ταιριάζει απόλυτα.Δεν ξέρω ποιος σκέφτηκε να βάλει έναν τόσο ρομαντικό τίτλο στην ελληνική έκδοση και γιατί.Είναι ένα βιβλίο σχεδόν πορνογραφικό σε ενα μέρος του,ένα βιβλίο γεμάτο σεξ,βρώμικο,σκληρό σεξ,με χυδαίο λεξιλόγιο,αηδιαστικές εικόνες,σιχαμερές μυρωδιές αλλα και με χιούμορ(βρώμικο κι αυτό ).Ανάμεσα στο ποοολύ σεξ(απορώ πως τη βγάζει αυτός ο τύπος με τόσο σεξ πια!κανονικά θα έπρεπε να σέρνεται στα πατώματα ),δίνει και ...more
Jelena
Zbog "nametnute neaktivnosti" u Stokholmu, glavni lik ima na raspolaganju dosta vremena za razmisljanje. Zanimljiva mi je bila ta antiteza: nacin zivljenja (da ne kazem prezivljavanja) na uzavreloj Kubi, a potom u hladnoj Svedskoj.
Stil je lascivan i sirov. "Rakovu obratnicu" nisam citala, Bukovskog jesam davno, i slicnost svakako postoji.
Kevin Tole
Jul 26, 2011 Kevin Tole rated it did not like it
Shelves: latin-american, trash
I read Dirty Havan and persevered with it thru the sub-porn to see if there was a writer lurking there underneath the trashy sensationalism.
I subsequently read The Insatiable Spiderwoman (which is considerably better and does indeed contain some decent writing)
This is a return to the trashy Havana sensationalism of Dirty Havana and is without any saving grace. The same strands are continued with an excursion to Sweden w Pedro Juan as an etranger.
I really am not sure why Gutierrez keeps up this t
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Ana
Feb 17, 2013 Ana rated it it was ok
Bukowski does it better.
Simão Pedro
Sep 11, 2012 Simão Pedro rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Originalmente escrito em: http://contraculturaaplicada.blogspot...

A expressão “coçar a micose” foi a melhor forma que consegui encontrar para descrever a escrita e o livro deste escritor/pintor/jornalista cubano – um dos melhores da América Latina, rezava a crítica. Neste romance quase-auto-biográfico, temos uma personagem principal com o mesmo nome do autor que vive também ela em Havana, Cuba, e que gosta muito de sexo depravado e de amar muitas mulheres ao mesmo tempo.

Inovador, não é? E o que
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Francisco Alcantar
Mar 25, 2013 Francisco Alcantar rated it it was amazing
Si el acto de leer no se convierte en un viaje para descubrir cosas, imagenes, mundos que generen placer, asombro; seguramente sera a la postre una acción condenada al olvido, recurso o artilugio para dormir más que para despertar.
Animal Tropical es una obra sorpredentemente amena y cálida, a la par que una postal de la realidad social cubana que al ser narrada con humor desfachatado, quizá para algunos pornógrafico; inspira ya no lástima sino confianza en que los terribles problemas que afronta
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Ioannis Savvas
Oct 16, 2016 Ioannis Savvas rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
Η ωμή πραγματικότητα του Gutiérrez, ανάμεσα στην Κούβα και τη Σουηδία. Πολύ έντονες οι αντιθέσεις, τελείως διαφορετικοί κόσμοι, αλλά ο άνθρωπος είναι πάντα άνθρωπος. Δυνατή αφήγηση, αλλά σαφώς υποδεέστερη από τη βρόμικη τριλογία της Αβάνας.
Eddie
Feb 10, 2011 Eddie rated it liked it
Pretty sexy, but ultimately unsatisfying (like me).
Ellie-Joy
Jul 03, 2014 Ellie-Joy rated it it was ok
Ευπώλητο τύπου Άρλεκιν με φιλοσοφημένα τσιτάτα στο ενδιάμεσο. Δε νομίζω να υπάρχει άλλο βιβλίο στο οποίο να έχω διαβάσει τις 2 "ακατάλληλες" λέξεις από "π" περισσότερες φορές.
George Moody
May 08, 2017 George Moody rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
I really enjoyed Gutiérrez’s Dirty Havana Trilogy, so I persevered with this to the end. The Havana Trilogy is raw and evocative, bringing the reality of the special period and its enervating psychological effect powerfully to life (or seeming to, I have no way of telling how accurate). Tropical Animal is like a crude facsimile of this. The same protagonist, themes and same semi-structure of a disjointed series of events with no real plot, but with the machismo and amateur pornography turned up ...more
Michael Andersen-Andrade
I bought Animal Tropical at a book fair in Sancti Spiritus, Cuba for 15 Cuban pesos, a paperback edition, printed and published in Cuba on cheap paper that evokes the privations of a Havana solar. If I hadn't met a Cuban man a few days earlier in Centro Habana who spoke with the same vulgarity as the protagonist in the book, I might have thought such a character couldn't exist. The sex is repetitious and it took me quite a while to finish the book, but it does capture the visceral sensations of ...more
Roberto Perez
Jun 19, 2017 Roberto Perez rated it it was ok
Por una parte, me parece que refleja una perspectiva real de lo que sucede en la sociedad cubana del momento, con sus carencias y creencias. Por otra parte, principalmente en la primera parte del libre cruza la raya de la sensualidad y creo que llega a lo pornográfico. En fin, cuestión de gustos...
Tania Voudouri
Mar 09, 2017 Tania Voudouri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Μια ωμή πραγματικότητα τριών ανθρώπων και δύο διαφορετικών λαών. Διαφορετικές κουλτούρες και συνήθειες που τέμνονται, εναρμονίζονται για λίγο μόνο και συνεχίζουν την πορεία τους. Έντονες περιγραφές στο καθετί. Ένα ιδιαίτερο βιβλίο που σε κάποιους θα ξινίσει και σε άλλους όχι. Το έντονο πάθος, η σεξουαλική ορμή, ο γοργός ρυθμός, οι εικόνες της εξαθλίωσης και της φτώχειας μιας γεμάτης σαγήνη Κούβας και η αρμονική, ασφαλής δίχως ζωντάνια όμως ζωή της Σουηδίας είναι που κάνουν το μυθιστόρημα εξαιρετ ...more
Kerry
Apr 13, 2014 Kerry rated it liked it
I'm-a be honest with this one. It's a bit filthy. Basically it's 300 pages of sex. Then there's some drinking. Some drugs. And then sex, sex and sex. It's basically the spanish version of 50 Shades of Grey... or Cincuenta sombras de Grey if you will.

So overall, I might NOT recommend this as a gift for mom or grandma for Christmas. But hey, if you don't mind a little friskiness in your life and page after page of sex, get on after it! I certainly won't judge you. Though I secretly enjoyed the lo
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Chrissa Vasileiou
Jul 29, 2014 Chrissa Vasileiou rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
Eπιτέλους,κατάφερα να τελειώσω ένα από τα χειρότερα και σίγουρα το πιο ΧΥΔΑΙΟ βιβλίο που έχω διαβάσει ever!
Ένα αστεράκι μόνο και μόνο γιατί σε ορισμένες,ελάχιστες αράδες, ο συγγραφέας δίνει μια γεύση της αγαπημένης Κούβας,με τα υπερ και τα κατά της,τα πάθη και τα λάθη της,τα μυστήρια,τις ομορφιές της και τις πληγές της..Όλο το υπόλοιπο βιβλίο δε ξέρω γιατί γράφτηκε,ποιοι το εξέδωσαν και,κυρίως,ποιοι έξυπνοι θεώρησαν πως έπρεπε να μεταφραστεί και σε άλλες γλώσσες,μη χάσει η Βενετιά βελόνι.. :P
Δεν
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Manuela Jorge
Jan 04, 2013 Manuela Jorge rated it really liked it


“Hoje deve haver alguém muito nostálgico na Rádio Match. Gravei o bolero. Agora ouço-o uma e outra vez. Muitas vezes tentamos mudar de vida. Ter mais controlo, prever algo. Conhecer as consequências de cada decisão. Mas não. Somos como aquelas formigas brancas que correm no jardim, tropeçam umas nas outras e perdem o rumo uma e outra vez.”

“Animal Tropical” de Pedro Juan Gutiérrez, um retrato da realidade cubana no início do milénio. A vida de um escritor e pintor naïf, repartida entre Glória, a
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Nikos79
Mar 13, 2015 Nikos79 rated it liked it
Tropical Animal left me exactly the same taste that Dirty Havana Trilogy left me when I read it in the past. Here as well hero of the book is Pedro Juan, an easily identified alter ego of the writer himself. Do not expect something deep, do not expect meanings, actually expect nothing and just read it. In this one Gutierrez focuses in comparing the portrait of two different type of women, a Cuban and a Swedish. And sex, sex and sex. I can understand people who find nothing special in this book a ...more
Cornelia
Sep 14, 2010 Cornelia rated it really liked it
This book just takes you places and gives you a feeling like you are in a very hot, humid and luminescent room. Of course it has a lot of sexuality, but it so not about that. For me fiction has to be able to remove you from your reality; only a good book is able to immerse you into a different world and this reading did just that. It is not for bigots and puritans simply because this is real life screaming out at you.
Meraid Griffin
Apr 04, 2013 Meraid Griffin rated it liked it
Expecting more brilliance since reading Dirty Havana Trilogy, I felt disappointed by the lack of interest shown in Sweden, though much of the story is set there. I felt the sex scenes, and there were many, bordering on vulgarity rather than the raw and primal urges portrayed in the former. But this is Pedro Juan Gutiérrez, and he always surprises. He allows a glimpse into a softer side, although it really is only a glimpse and the Tropical Animal is dominant.
Dark-Draco
Aug 29, 2013 Dark-Draco rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up-reading
I can't argue that the author isn't talented - the actual writing is quite good - but I found the story, or lack of one, annoying. I managed to read to about chapter 10, waiting for something to happen, but nothing really did. Was disappointed that I couldn't finish it as from the blurb on the back, it did look quite good.
Amanda Heffelfinger
Mar 13, 2013 Amanda Heffelfinger rated it liked it
What a filthy man. If you are looking for some good smut, this is far above those Fifty Shades books. Definitely in the Charles Bukowski school of writing. I really enjoyed reading it on my recent tropical holiday.
jeremy bradner
Sep 03, 2008 jeremy bradner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to jeremy bradner by: roberto bolaNo
dirty fiction...the book isn't about much but it's so good. it's like bukowski, henry miller a porno and havana mixed together.
penelopewanders
Part of the erotic spiral... Can't say this was a big favorite; found the main character too annoying and pretentious and and and...
Amaka Lily
Aug 06, 2014 Amaka Lily rated it liked it
I didn't enjoy this book as much as I did Dirty Havana Trilogy. Something was missing. It's still a good effort.
Maryrose
Sep 16, 2007 Maryrose marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
recommended by The Irish Times re. Cuba - my heart!
Carlos Seixas
Aug 11, 2016 Carlos Seixas rated it it was amazing
It was like a trip and Bukowsky could not do better.
Robin
Feb 05, 2009 Robin rated it it was amazing
Amazing, captivating and inspiring, even without the pornographic bent. I can't wait to read the Dirty Havana Trilogy.
Mark
Jun 11, 2008 Mark rated it liked it
An easy Summer-read that was on the sleazy side. Not a book I would recommend to 'shy' types...
Jodi Lu
Aug 18, 2007 Jodi Lu rated it it was ok
Doesn't touch what he did in Dirty Havana Trilogy. Shame.
Sophia
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“Despues pinto un poco. Hay tranquilidad y silencio en estos dias y aprovecho que puedo concentrarme. La soledad. Quizas uno escribe y pinta no solo para crear un espacio de libertad alrededor, sino tambien para sentirse acompaNado. No exactamente para romper la soledad. No se trata de eso. La soledad siempre estA ahI. La siento, la toco, hablo con ella. Forma parte de mi vida. La soledad es inevitable. Y ayuda. Me concentro mas. Soy mas yo cuando convivimos bien apretaditos: la soledad y yo. Nos adoramos. No podria vivi sin la soledad.

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Later I paint a little bit. There's tranquility and silence in these days and I benefit from being able to concentrate. Loneliness. Maybe one writes and paints not only to create a space of freedom, but rather also to feel accompanied. Not exactly to break loneliness. It's not about that. Loneliness is always there. I feel it. I touch it. I talk with it. It forms part of my life. Loneliness is inevitable. And it helps. I concentrate more. I'm more me when we live pushed together: loneliness and me. We worship each other. I couldn't live with out loneliness.”
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“-Somos del mismo gremio. -Los dos somos artistas, papi. Cuando bailaba era igual. Yo con mis bailes eróticos. Era la estrella del Palermo. Nadie sabía si era verdad o mentira. Ni yo misma sabía si lo que bailaba era erotismo real o fingía el erotismo. -Igual que yo con mis novelas. Ni yo mismo sé lo que es cierto y lo que es mentira. -Al final todo es verdad. -Uhmm. -Eres una puta, Pedro. Eres tan puta como yo. Vendes una mentira y finges que es verdad.” 0 likes
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