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It proves to be a fateful decision:. It was a simple decision, but one that would have extraordinary consequences. One of them is that I now find myself here, safe in this haven of night, telling my story, shorn of all social standing and the crass manners I was raised with. This one night, a frantic escape into music, is to set the course for her future.
When night falls as it does, suddenly and brutally, at 6 p. At least I was still standing: not like the men, who drop like flies. Sure, we get to dance, but death and destruction is left in our wake. Beautiful and vibrant, with the face and hair of a goddess, she becomes a focal point of the nocturnal community, the heart of the dance. In the blonde-haired dancing diva from the right side of town, the street boys find someone to worship.
Each man that she encounters is entranced by her spell, but ends up wasted, worn, spat out and humbled — she sucks their spirit dry, then moves onto the next. One night in Cali can make any man humble, hard or otherwise. The whole book is like one long, pulsating dance, a hypnotic, spell-binding, energy-sapping tribute to music. Poor Frank — I can imagine the time and energy that must have gone into this translation.
For those who want to know more about Caicedo though, this, sadly, is just about it. On the day, he received a copy of the book, he killed himself, overdosing on pills, a sad post-script to his work. The story, though, lives on, as does the music, and while I prefer the poignant English title, the original is probably a little more apt.
Like Like. I'm trying to hold off from buying any more books at the moment, but your review leaves me sorely tempted by this one…I love the sound of its pulsating, hypnotic energy. I'm glad I get a lot of good review copies because I doubt I could afford to buy all of these either! I've just ordered this from Hive — a little treat to myself! Looking forward to reading it. Awnyway, it's great to see a good review of a book I loved so much, I always wanted to read it in english, so much that I even translated a few pages myself.
I don't know why, but even since I heard the book had been translated, these questions have been bugging me. Just read the last three pages, and you will be hit by a beautiful, honest and brital prose.
Look for a sentence that in Spanish says: Tu, no te detengas ante ningun reto. In English I guess it should say: You, do not stop before any challenge. Find it, read on, and may be at least at some instances it will become your directions on how to live life. Jorge — Definitely an intense book with some wise words — a shame they couldn't help the writer more…. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account.
Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Skip to content. Share this: Twitter Facebook. Like this: Like Loading Andres Caicedo was a prolific writer for his short life. Jorge — Definitely an intense book with some wise words — a shame they couldn't help the writer more… Like Like. Every comment left on my blog helps a fairy find its wings, so please be generous - do it for the fairies.
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Despite his premature death, his works are considered to be some of the most original produced in Colombia. Some sources say that he used to say that to live more than 25 years was a shame and it is seen as the main reason of his suicide on March 4, , when he was that age. Caicedo's work has as its context the urban world and its social conflicts, especially those of young people. Contrary to the school of magic realism , the work of Caicedo is grounded completely in social reality.
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