A fascinating, comic and complex book written by a Spanish immigrant in New York in the 1940’s but not published until 1990. First of all it’s a classic immigrant story of coming to America and learning American culture. But it's also a story of immigrants examining and re-learning their own culture in comparison to that of their new environment and how their perspectives shift as the immigrants learn English.
As Spanish immigrants from Spain, their fi ...more
“Christ with castanets,” says Alfau without emphasis; “Cheeses!” as I’m wont to say myself.
It’s hard, for me, to know what exactly to say about Chromos. Brilliant. Incredible. All the usual predicate adjectives that seem to say so much while saying so little, other than exert with some vehemence that I was taken by the novel, tossed around for a couple weeks, then deposited on this side of the TBRs-Accomplished. In my case, ‘tossed around for a couple weeks’ may be considered warning as Chromos...more
With a character like this who needs Ulysses or Baron Munchausen… Or eve ...more
‘In Spain there is no aristocracy but only nobility, and there is a great difference, oh, yes!’
‘He remembered his ...more
What do you give a book that deserves no less than 5 stars and at the same time deserves no more than 3?
The writing is great. The storytelling through the first 250 pages is top notch. Then the magic just kind of fizzled out for me.
I read Locos a while ago and still vividly remember many of the characters, so it was a delight to read of their further adventures. This time most have moved to New York and find themselves astranged from their ...more
Steven Moore (then, editor at DA) with Felipe Alfau and ms. of Chromos, 1991
[I know how much Photo Reviews can f*** with your feeds (especially on those rinky apps) but I love pics too and too I just wanna get me some back. 'sides, I love this photo]
So, yeah, a ms BURIED in a drawer for decades. Excavated by the inimitable team of Moore & Dalkey. But, thing is, I'm sure there are more and more of these ms's BURIED in drawers (just look in Theroux's for instance) but too there are so many of ...more
“In order to preserve the sequence of Garcia’s stories, I have sacrificed my own.”
Forget 4D chess, this is 4D snakes and ladders where every snake leads to a new board of story only to climb back into the one you left off reading.
Chromos extends the familiar framework from Locos, which feels more like the 1001 tales with an emphasis on character trickery, but this time we put Locos inside of Locos (inside of Locos, inside of Locos…(?)).
Within the broad subject of Spaniards in New York making it ...more
a good intro...providing a feel for the story...and i get a sense that the man, joseph coates, june, 1998, is not entirely sure of events in this story just as some reviewers here concluded. i dunno. i've read a number of ...more
The passages I most enjoyed, on religion and on science, I think were meant to be satirical, poking fun at the ...more