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  1. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I imagine two professors or graduate students or some kind of literary academics -- one happens to be Dominican and one happens to be Argentine -- spend hours in a cafe, and after getting lost in their heady, coffee-laden conversation, they devise the brilliant, and, of course, revolutionary, idea of compiling a book of contemporary short stories by none other than Dominican and Argentine writers. Maybe I'm wrong about that. The pairing is odd but intriguing. The collection is divided neatly in h I imagine two professors or graduate students or some kind of literary academics -- one happens to be Dominican and one happens to be Argentine -- spend hours in a cafe, and after getting lost in their heady, coffee-laden conversation, they devise the brilliant, and, of course, revolutionary, idea of compiling a book of contemporary short stories by none other than Dominican and Argentine writers. Maybe I'm wrong about that. The pairing is odd but intriguing. The collection is divided neatly in half -- the Dominican stories take the first half and the Argentine stories follow. There are prologues before each section that sorely lose out on the opportunity to offer any critical insight into the literary scenes in either country. Skip 'em. I'm going to address each story one by one, though, to give them their fair due. Some stories were really well-written and developed, and they stood out next to their flimsier, adolescent neighbors. Overall, it felt like the intended audience was one with the median age of 20. Lots of sex, drugs, alcohol, and characters who desperately need some therapy but instead beleaguer us with minute by minute account of their vapid ongoings. The Dominican stories were mostly mediocre. The Argentine stories started out strong but then took a nosedive until they plummeted completely with the last story. Here's the breakdown: DOMINICAN STORIES: La cualidad de la nostalgia - I liked this story, because it captured a certain lack of logic against the backdrop of an oppressive history. Which man is the narrator's husband? Because she calls the both husband, but what's really going on? La sordida telarana de la mansedumbre - I thought that stories romanticizing affairs and villainizing the cuckold husband were passe, but this one certainly tries very hard to bring it back in style. Overall, not much substance and not very likable characters. En el monte de cristo - A depressing story about a woman past her prime who still frequents the bars fancying herself the object of many men's attentions... Una extrana asesina - A woman who murders her lover in cold blood and has no remorse. Not exactly sure what the point was here. Memoria de la sangre - A well-written story that is one long sentence. A journalist tracks down a higher-up from the military regime who is now an old man with Alzheimer's in a nursing home. Told in 2nd person and with a swift pace that reads exactly as if it is being whispered intently and hurriedly before the nurses take wind of what's really happening and rush the "visitor" from the past away. Day After Pill - A trite and stupid story. Boy meets girl at club. They have sex. You know the rest. All of this against the backdrop of 9/11 unfolding in the background. Really? Really?? It's a cheap device. Silvero de tal - A kid at some cult sacrifice freaks out and runs away and turns into a man made of silver who then ends up in the hospital. It reads like a long trip. No, not the kind with any purpose. ARGENTINE STORIES Sorteo - A man buys up all of the raffle tickets at the community raffle as a form of revenge. Simple on the surface but well-written. Sparse enough to leave you space to think and not overdone in any way. This is the kind of story that packs an entire history and culture into 3-4 pages. Excellently done. Libro de visitas - This was the only funny story in the whole collection. A politician travels from town to town, and, in each hotel, when he signs the guest book, he discovers messages from the same person always a few days ahead of his own signature. Eventually, the messages take a more personal turn, and the laughs at the beginning turn into a kind of terrified gawking. Another excellent story. El santito - An excellent story about the housemaid of an abusive lady landowner and the friendship that the housemaid develops with the landowner's young granddaughter. This story, like the first Argentine one in this collection, packs so much of Argentina's complex cultural history into a few pages of well-written narrative. This is the last of the excellent stories. El florecido efecto de la primavera en los montes, o vas a necesitar mucha fibra para pasar tanto plomo - Definitely creative. Very hip. Very original. A little too hip for my tastes, but well-done. Chuck Norris parachutes into Rambo's countryside estate presumably in Argentina, and they embark on an imperialist feast of hunting, meat-eating, and sexual debauchery. Actually, not much of that is in the story, but it is in their plans. The story seemed to me an obvious metaphor for the shameless raping and pillaging of the US of other countries by way of its imperialistic military complex. Teoria de caos - This story started off very well with the author of a book plotting to sabotage the movie adaptation of his novel so that people will say that the book was better than the movie. The plot basically jumps off of a cliff in the end, though. Lo otto - A short piece about a man in the process of changing genders to become a woman and working as a prostitute to save the money for the gender reassignment surgeries. There's just not that much to this story, honestly, even though the premise seems like it should offer an endless array of material to write about. Sadismo - I really disliked this story. The narrator is vapid and arrogant, and the story mercilessly drags us through his sexual conquests and "relationships". The whole story is basically a masturbation of his ego. Enough said. Moral of the story? Unless you're Isabel Allende, don't even bother including a sex scene, and definitely not more than one.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Laura Valdez

    I really liked this book, it has like 20 stories writed by domican writers all around the island, womans and mans. The stories are about love, animals, dead, criminality, mafia, people that are learning how to read, Venesuela, El Vaticano, pregnancy, family, murders, sex and a lot of things about the dominican culture. If you want to know more about the Dominican Republic, I completely recommend this book!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ivonne

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