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Adios Muchachos

3.27  ·  Rating details ·  522 ratings  ·  73 reviews
Alicia is a smart, confident and gorgeous prostitute in Havana. She is not a street-walker. Rather, she displays her wares on bicycle, seducing men through the irresistible pull of her fine derrière. John King, her new client, is a Canadian businessman with a striking resemblance to movie star Alain Delon. This is no ordinary “John” and Alicia's feelings for him grow; she ...more
Paperback, 290 pages
Published May 1st 2001 by Akashic Books (first published 1994)
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Blaine DeSantis
Every author puts out a clunker and this is one of those. A story about a prostitute who has a unique way of plying her trade in Communist Cuba. The story got pretty weird after a bit, and the best thing about this book is the jacket cover which displays her assets proudly!
Woody Chandler
Mar 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I had purchased this edition, along with the Noir series, from Akashic Books, back in 2015. I got laid off from my state position last September & upon returning home, I thought that the title might be appropriate for my state of mind. I have to admit that I was not completely taken with it at first, but I hung in and was richly rewarded by my decision at the end. Filled with wild, wondrous, sensual & ravenous characters, it made for a worthy read. I just regret not having been more diligent abo ...more
Nov 26, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 07, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I read a few reviews on this book I had to buy it. I found this book to be a great read, in fact, I had a hard time putting the book down. This characters in the book are well developed and the story line was as well. I don't want to ruin the story for those reading my review but I will say you will not be disappointed reading this author. As a matter of fact I'm going to find out what other books he wrote so I can read them. I plan to follow this author in the future.
Tom Mooney
Oct 17, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Outdated, unfunny, pretty crap.
John Waterworth
Quite entertaining, if a bit silly and over the top (maybe that's the point?). Cartoon characters and unlikely situations, but a rather clever plot that holds ones attention to the end. A mix of soft porn, Cuban spice, and a bit of mystery. Apparently it won an Edgar Allen Poe prize, which is a bit surprising.
Dec 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Something different and quite quirky and delightful.
Tony Matthews
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very entertaining quick read.
Shelly Singhal
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A wild romp of a story. Great characters doing bad things and enjoying themselves far more than they should. A nice distraction
Sherry Schwabacher
Fun, sexy "caper", reminiscent of a minor Carl Hiassen.
Jeffrey Cavanaugh
A genre novel that is a mixture of ‘Pretty Woman’, ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’, ‘Proof of Life’ and ‘Weekend at Bernie’s’ set in Havana, Cuba. Entertaining if you like these kind of tales.
Cleverly entertaining and light-hearted, despite its framework of crime, greed and sexual deviation.
Chris Mulhare
Jun 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved it

An interesting read. After a while I realized the title made sense. I won’t say more about the end nor the turn of events in the story. A good read.
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, prostitution
Interesting beginning then became more and more boring.
Nov 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
There were several points during this story where I read the sentence and thought "well, that's unexpected. I wonder where this will go."
May 29, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2002-reads

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
Apr 26, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Michael Brockley
Nov 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An erotic scamp on the make for a sugar daddy and a scuba-diving, gold-doubloon-seeking bisexual Casanova team up in this Cuban pulp fiction to move some of the good stuff from the deep pockets to their empty pockets. In ADIOS, MUCHACHOS, Daniel Chavarria spins a take of delicious licentiousness and double crosses that a young Fidel might have enjoyed in the evening while smoking a Cohiba and sharing a pre-Viagra bathtub on the beach with a comely señorita with Marxist proclivities. Alicia, the ...more
Peter Preciado
Jun 12, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Nov 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Fun, fast and intelligent, this devilishly charming import gives pulp fiction a good name.

The story, a madcap caper full of twisted sex, devious schemes and high-rolling hijinks, also showcases Chavarría's considerable scholarly research into prostitution. When Alicia, a crafty, bicycle-riding Havana hooker in present-day Cuba, meets Victor, a convicted bank robber masquerading as an upstanding businessman, they quickly realize each other's mutually nefarious motives and wind up in a business pa
Urenna Sander
Jan 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Left Coast Justin
Jan 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: trashy-fun
Can we all be adults here? Yes, this is raunchy, non-morally-uplifting, unrealistic and just plain dumb. But it's also a really fun way to kill a few hours in a fantasy world in which cleverness is rewarded, jerkiness is punished and women are gorgeous and oh-so-available.

I actually had the extra-lurid cover art on my version of this book. I was crushed when, two thirds of the way through, I lost it at the gym. Whoever recovered it probably had no idea what they were in for, but I'll bet they ha
Daniel Hansson
Jan 05, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 30, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery, romance
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.
Mar 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: latin-hispanic
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.
Sep 15, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
recommended by a student. This was ok, a silly criminal caper novel made a bit more interesting by its Cuban setting. Includes some relevant and brief commentary on race, gender expression and identity, and of course, communism.
Apr 13, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: whoever wants a bit of a raunchy read
i loved this book, its a bit on the strange side.
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.
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Daniel Chavarria was an Uruguayan revolutionary and writer, who lived in Cuba since the 1960s.
Together with Justo E. Vasco received the award MININT in 1982 for Completo Camaguey, and in 1983 for Primero muerto.

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