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Beautiful Maria of My Soul by Oscar Hijuelos
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Feb 15, 2011

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bookshelves: fiction, latino-a
Read from February 13 to 15, 2011

I can't decide if this is an amazing piece of literature or a somewhat smutty story about a loose woman. Funny, I'm not usually this torn. I enjoyed the story (read it in less than 3 days), but at the same time I got a little bit tired of Maria telling us how beautiful she was, how much sex she had, etc. Don't get me wrong, I love a good sex scene as much as anyone else, but I got bored hearing all about how large Nestor's penis was. Good grief. Is this a great piece of literature? Is Nestor's large penis really a metaphor for something else -- say, the love felt between Maria and Nestor and/or a symbol of the virility and life of old Cuba or something? (This English major is getting rusty. haha) Is Maria a symbol of Cuba? Or is she just a cheap, second rate exotic dancer? Or can she be both? I can't make up my mind. I can easily view both sides. Three stars.
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