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Los Gusanos: A Novel

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From filmmaker John Sayles (The Return of the Secaucus Seven, Matewan), a novel set in contemporary Miami that brings to life the heart and soul of the Cuban community. Filled with passion, violence, sex, and unforgettable characters, 'Los Gusanos' is a rare combination of literary fiction and commercial storytelling with tremendous commercial appeal.
Hardcover, First Edition, 473 pages
Published 1991 by HarperCollins Publishers
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W.D. Clarke
Dec 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I normally go for modernist and post-modernist (but how I despise that term!) fiction, and am not too big on late 20C realism, but every now and again I dip my toe in, and occasionally I am pleasantly surprised. For example, Bruce Duffy's The World as I Found It is one such realist, historical novel about the lives and thought of Ludwig Wittgenstein, GE Moore, and Bertrand Russell, and it is so well written, so knowledgeable about its subject, so uncompromising in its vision and out-of-sync with ...more
Jun 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
John Sayles the renowned filmmaker known for films of novelistic complexity (Lone Star, Men with Guns, Matewan, and City of Hope just to name my favorites) is not surprisingly a novelist, and a good one. Like some of his films he takes a politically sensitive area or situation and dramatizes it with an ensemble cast and a variety of view points. Here it is the Cuban refugee community in Southern Florida. His excellent ability with characters, dialogue, and a terrific cast of characters keeps thi ...more
Jul 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This is the same John Sayles the director. I saw the book at a book sale for under a dollar and decided I should give it a go just because I love his films but really sort of secretly hoped it wouldn't be very good just because I resent the renaissance types who excell in everything they do. Well, fuck me. It's great.
I'd recently seen the Soderbergh 4 hour film exploration of Che where I had a chance to experience a particular view of the Cuban revolution. Los Gusanos (The Worms) is a cubistic
Kris Fernandez-everett
Oct 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
interesting book -- i liked the narrative structure, even if it did feel a bit over-long... perhaps there's more literature out there on the aftermath of the bay of pigs -- happy to take any suggestions, as living in south florida gives me a unique perspective on what 'hispanic' means... as someone of spanish (spain) descent, i'm always looking in from a distance...

one word of caution on this book -- i'm not entirely sure how someone without a decent ability to read intermediate level spanish co
Aug 05, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It's good so far--it has a lot of spanish phrases, that are left untranslated, so I got a spanish/english dictionary that I also carry around to refer to when I don't know something. It's good practice and a way to expand my vocabulary a little. It's in my favorite style of following different intertwined characters for a chapter at a time from their own perspectives....
Jul 16, 2009 rated it liked it
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A good novel about Cuban exiles in Miami. The author uses a lot of Spanish in the dialogue, and I enjoyed this, but had it been Russian or Chinese or any other language I don't read, I would have found it very annoying. So, a warning. But otherwise, very much worth reading.
Sep 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
You might have to read it twice, so many different stories that don't connect until the book's almost over. Also an excellent indie film-maker, I recommend his films too.
Mar 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
one of the books that got me started seeking out and reading "good" books
Val Wilkerson
Jul 18, 2010 rated it did not like it
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I just couldn't take any more of the violence of the character El Halcon. It just depressed is to short. Cannot recommend this book to any of my friends
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John Thomas Sayles is an independent film director, screenwriter, novelist and short story writer who frequently plays small roles in his own and other indie films.
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“He likes to know things. He checks out book and record collections when he visits people, looks in medicine cabinets, takes inventory in refrigerators. He eaves drops on conversations at public phone booths. He reads murder victims' mail.” 6 likes
“That is the definition of faith, hermano," says Figueroa. "Something that we believe in even though it doesn't work."
Eres un cinicio."
If it worked, it would be science.”
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