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Adiós Muchachos

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Fiction. Latin/Latina Studies. In Havana, Cuba, a beautiful young woman rides a bicycle through the city streets to lure men into her "services". Desperate to escape her dead-end life in a city plagued with scarcity, the luscious bicyclist designs a get-rich-quick scheme with a gorgeous john from Canada. A web of deception is woven and then disastrously unraveled.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by Random House Mondadori (first published 1994)
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A bit odd, some hot scenes, sort of silly. Marty bought me this because the version I have has the main character on a bicycle in short-shorts on the cover and he said it reminded him of me.....ha ha ha.
Peter Preciado
I enjoyed this enough to finish the 245 pages (not 290).
Cuban pulp fiction. It reminded me of paperback Noir of the early half of the century in USA.
So, it is what it was meant to be(I assume): easy and entertaining.
It wasn't great, there were even times it bored and annoyed me, but the overall story kept me going. There were some very fun parts, especially the sex scenes. haha Overall, I think it is a great idea for a book, but I felt the writing was unsuccessfully over extravagant. Maybe th...more

Daniel Chavarria of Uruguay is one of Latin America’s finest writers. In a wonderfully translated work, English-speaking audiences are introduced to Alicia, Havana’s most creative hooker. Alicia doesn’t stand on street corners or have a pimp. Instead, she rides a clumsy old bike, one with an elevated seat. She has sewn special shorts that tend to ride up as she pedals along. Imagine how distracted a person driving an automobile would be to see her lovely orbs moving in front of him. W...more
Proprio quel che non ti aspetti. Alla fine questo piccolo libricino mi ha stupito.

Alicia è una giovane cubana con un sogno, poco romantico e molto concreto: adescare uno straniero miliardario e sposarlo. Se poi è piacente tanto meglio. Di questo necessità ha fatto virtù, o vizio sarebbe meglio dire. Con la complicità di sua madre Marguerita, ha organizzato uno stratagemma invidiabile: succintamente vestita (ma non volgarmente), pedalando in modo vigoroso e sensuale una bicicletta, attira l’atten...more
A rollicking dissection of Cuban life, where years of Communism have only served to drive the capitalist fervour of the masses to feverish pitch and materialism rules above all. Unlike the corruption and drug-addled misery limned in Leonardo Padura’s Havana series, Chavarría’s book is far too good-humoured. It is also a sexy romp with the pneumatic bottom of the wondrously bright and beautiful Alicia running riot, trying to ensnare rich foreigners who might then take her away to their own rich l...more
Chris Bull
Every moment a sucker is born, but who is the sucker OR the suckee. Getting a head in modern Havana is the premise of the book. Not a bad read and a good crime novel to boot.
Urenna Sander
The story concerns a Cuban high-class prostitute, Alicia, who procures wealthy foreigners to buy her and her mother the niceties of life in Castro’s Cuba. She does this by staging motor vehicle accidents with the unsuspecting “johns” while riding her bike. Alicia gets more than she bargained for when she meets an American, named Victor. Several readers might consider the story off key or too spicy. I don’t think so. This is a well-written story. The book will utterly surprise you. True Season of...more
This is a very easy read and enjoyable - not deep and not meant for anything other than distraction. And what distraction - the sex is explicit and nonsensical and the characters all have very earthy, amoral, irrelevant lives. Even the 'kidnapping/murder' at the center of the book is inane.
This cleverly written book contains a subtext that references Cuban economics in the early '90s but does so in a way that is harmonious with the salaciously entertaining antics of Chavarria's characters. The plot has some clever twists, and it's all easy-going, fun reading.
Daniel Hansson
I love this novel. Why? Cause it takes turns, some that I detect long before and can prepare myself for (not predictable in an annoying way) but also many I did not see coming, not until I had two wheels out in the blue and was forced into spectacular maneuvers as a reader.
As my friend JC said after reading this, "Not enough ass biting." There is ass biting and other fun sex stuff just maybe not enough to drag you though this cuba based mystery thriller. That said it is a quick and fun read, probably a good way to pass a transcontinental flight.
Bawdy, outrageous, with beautiful prose and the most shocking and crazy chapter I've ever read (you'll know which one when you come to it). But ultimately poorly plotted with shallowly-drawn characters. Still a great summer read.
OK. Shoot me. I was on a Cuba fix. A quick tale of a cuban seductress trying to win a fortune and a man, and a criminal intrique she gets caught up in. Decent. Maybe a little pornographic.
Hugh Shipley
If Chavarría weren't a bearded Uruguayan revolutionary living & writing in Cuba I seriously doubt that this slight caper would have been published in English.

Not what I was expecting, it was actually a pretty good "mystery" especially how it all worked out, as well as being quite funny.
Dan Jackman
Great read! Fast paced, sexy, fun and altogether enjoyable. No real villians here and just about everyone gets what they want.
This was one of those unbelievable stories (my in a bubble). Entertaining situation(s). Easy read.
Very funny, erotic and enjoyable story. If you are looking for a short, easy read, this could be it.
An okay book. Supposed to be a ribald, irreverent thriller but not.
awesome! It's the first book my students took from my class shelves
Apr 13, 2007 mandie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: whoever wants a bit of a raunchy read
i loved this book, its a bit on the strange side.
Amber Garcia
Fast paced interesting novel with a great twist
A little ridiculous, but a fast easy read.
Ga - Bo
very easy and enjoyable reading.
Donna M.
Hilarious so far!
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Daniel Edmundo Chavarría Bastélica is a Uruguayan revolutionary and writer, living in Cuba.

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