82nd out of 96 books — 52 voters
by Ana Castillo
In Sapogonia, edited and revised for its Anchor publication, Ana Castillo confronts the complex issues of race and identity facing those of mixed heritage through the struggles of Máximo Madrigal, an expatriate of Sapogonia, the metaphorical homeleand of all mestizos. Subtly political, it demonstrates how warring blood within a single body resists any peaceful reso...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published January 1st 1994 by Anchor
(first published 1990)
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Castillo is the most consistently frustrating and disappointing Chicana writer I can think of. She is wonderfully imaginative, and I am constantly drawn in by her work on a conceptual level. But then the execution is so maddening. This novel had moments where I could see a fascinating political (critique of American policy vis-a-vis Latin American dictatorships) or aesthetic (riffing on the picaresque) vision taking shape, but these visions were often at odds with one another. And the shifting n...more
Jan 28, 2013 Jana rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Ana Castillo fans
I wanted to like the main character but I didn't find anything appealing about him. Luckily the heroine was inspiring and helped me like the book overall. I like the spiritual mixed with the physical.