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Dirty Havana Trilogy by Pedro Juan Gutiérrez
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May 26, 2012

did not like it
Read in April, 2001

Inspired by the N.Y. Times review comparing Gutierrez to Jean Genet, I bought this book. Don't! It is an vulgar catalogue of cheap sexual encounters without credibility, taste or eroticism. The main character is unendearing, the episodes predictable, and the language banal (to be fair, perhaps due to the translation). Why would all these attractive women -- young and old -- take up with such a scruffy, lazy, worthless, drunken, mooching bum? I kept reading "Dirty Havana Trilogy" awaiting insight into modern Cuba or Pedro Juan. There is none. This is not a modern Cubano "Tom Jones," this is trash.
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message 1: by Eleanor (new)

Eleanor Great review! It sounds as if the NY Times needs to sack that reviewer.


Teun If you do not understand this book, and it certainly looks like it, you will never understand Cuban society nor culture. This book is vulgar, scruffy and raw, yes. It's not politically correct and the writer is so bluntly honest that it makes people uneasy. You could imagine that besides being scruffy, lazy, worthless and drunk, the author is also charming. That, combined with his honesty might be the reason why all the attractive women fall for him. Bukowski had his fair share as well didn't he?


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