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The Last Masquerade

3.17  ·  Rating details ·  41 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
In the Roaring Twenties, two worldly young aristocrats embark on a journey to see one of their idols, the sublime Italian actress Eleonora Duse, who, to their utmost delight, has recently returned to the stage. What follows as they prepare for their adventure and, later, when they arrive in the Cuban capital, is a hilarious, erotic, and political tragicomedy, told in hallu ...more
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published April 20th 2005 by Rayo (first published 2005)
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Jan 22, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is wonderful. Havana in the 20's, a gay couple, and the beginning of the Cuban Revolution. What more could you want? How about Eladora Duse! And it has some great laughts!

My ignorance of some of the South American Divas and historical figures, but I use my mother's time honored method and just say "Skip over the River" or go to the internet and look them up.

My one regret is that I don't read Spanish to read more of his works in the original language.
Lord Beardsley
Jan 27, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people wanting to be let-down by false promises of depravity
Shelves: books-read-2005
This book was so full of promise from the cover...homosexuals, flappers, the 1920s, depravity, decadence...but it ended up just really boring. I just rememberd parties and it was in...South America. But it wasn't interesting. It's a big let-down.
Sep 17, 2008 rated it liked it
This book was alright but not worth the time and effort it took to choke it down. It was boring and difficult to follow. Started off pretty good and just didn't go anywhere. But lots of gay love.
Stephanie Heenan-orr
Entertaining but the ending didn't live up to the rest of the book.
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The Cuba-born Antonio Orlando Rodriguez is one of the leading authors of contemporary Latin American fiction. Rodríguez born in Ciego de Avila, Cuba, in 1956. He's written many books for children and teenagers, in addition to the short story books "Striptease" (1985) and "Querido" Drácula (1989), the play "El León y la Domadora (1998) and the novel "Aprendices de brujo" (The Last Masquerade, 2002) ...more
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