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Jimmy is a guitar prodigy, wears hair long to cover scars, and walks with the wide swing of a drop-foot. The lanky, six foot musician is known on the east side as “Ojotriste,” the mariachi with one sad eye—the legacy of a horrific accident that resulted in a beautiful but heartsick glass-eye. He has made a living since childhood with two other boys, serenading in the ...more
Paperback, 332 pages
Published November 5th 2015 by Lunita Hispanic Press, LLC
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Megan Hex
Feb 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lovely novel about young mariachis finding their place in the world, soaked in a vibrant sense of place and time. Somehow captures that feeling of being twenty and seeing the world spread before you in a way I've rarely seen portrayed well.
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Mar 04, 2016 rated it liked it
I received the book from the author as a Goodreads's giveaway. Mr Hernandez-Sametier graciously signed my copy. The three main characters are endearing: Jimmy Ojotriste (sad eye) is a mariachi performer with only one eye, the other a beautiful but sad glass eye. Victor also plays guitar and drives a Galaxy that he dreams of turning into a low rider. Ray is a Chinese-Mexican violinist in this trio's mariachi group. They share music and their dreams.

An area I struggled with was that the book was
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Carol
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jimmy Ojotriste (sad eye) is a twenty-year-old musician who plays mariachi to earn a living. He has a glass eye and a foot that drags because of a childhood accident and was given his nickname because of his eye. There are some interesting passages about the man who makes the eyes for him. Jimmy plays with two friends, Victor and Ray. The setting is 1970's Los Angeles. The book is chock-filled with Spanish idioms and terms although it can be followed even if you don't know Spanish and it added ...more
Jeffrey Carrier
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Music of Jimmy Ojotriste is amazing

A skillful author, Arturo Hernandez Sametier, has created a romantic, seductive, and suspenseful world that I am sure will excite everyone, not just for fans of musical artist, YA, and suspense. I was drawn in from the beginning by this alternate world and the young adults who race through it in this tale of struggle, self-discovery, perseverance, and surrender. The characters are compelling and thrilling to follow throughout their life journeys. Terrific
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Elizabeth
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Very well worded.
Ellie Pineda-Williams
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Reminded me of Mambo Kings. Definitely for music lovers and romantics. Lyrical scenes - odd and memorable characters; lots of taste and smell (the author uses food like music). Anyone interested in flamenco, mariachi, and hispanic culture will be immersed. I learned of the book through "las comadres" a latino lit reading group at our bookstore.
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Romantic in the biggest sense of the word. It's a world I'd want to live in.
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Biography Arturo Hernandez-Sametier

When we bought the oldest laundry in Los Angeles, it came with an old man. He was an ex-monk, ex-merchant marine, a scrappy little man without family who slept behind the dryers since 1952. We kept him and we kept the same machines for another twenty years. I grew up in East L.A., my head stuck in the back of ancient GE
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