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By Rosario Ferré

Una obra épica sobre los linajes de dos familias, escrita por los angeles autora de l. a. casa de los angeles laguna.
"Mamá nació en Guayamés el 6 de enero de 1901. Mi abuelo, Alvaro Rivas de Santillana, estaba convencido de que los Reyes Magos se l. a. habían traído como obsequio, pero abuela Valeria decía que Clarissa había nacido por culpa de las lluvias."

Así comienza uno de los muchos cuentos de Vecindarios Excéntricos, donde las historias de hombres y mujeres cuyos amores y pérdidas coincidieron con l. a. desaparición de los angeles sociedad colonial de l. a. isla y con el nacimiento de una clase de nuevos ricos, se despliegan en un abanico de relatos espléndidos. Los personages de Ferré saltan fuera de l. a. página con tal fuerza que rayan casi en lo mitológico, acompañados por sueños y sucesos. Un abuelo cariñoso, decidido a enlazar a su nieta con un miembro de los angeles aristocracia francesa, sella su destino trágico al celebrar su cotillón en el palacio de Versalles; una solterona se propone seducir al hombre más rico de Guayamés, rezándole a los angeles vez a Jesucristo y al Departamento de Hacienda para que lo exima de los impuestos. Los relatos de Ferré son a l. a. vez divertidos y tristes, conmovedores y sensuales. Pertenecen a una larga y distinguida tradición de narrativa hispanoamericana.  

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We all stood there stunned as Jorge was led away into the darkness. ” I whispered to Papí as the uniformed soldiers disappeared. The happiness and merriment of the moment before had been replaced by a sudden quiet fear. Papí shook his head, his face strained with worry. ” I asked. Again Papí shook his head. “I don’t know. ” Papí had told me about the co-op men, ordinary farmers like himself who were banding together with a common voice to get a good price for their crops. As it was, the Indios from the cantóns had to carry their crops for three or four hours to market.

Though he was shy, I knew Antonio was proud of me. “You are the first sister of mine to have a quinceañera,” he kept saying. My brother Lester was thirteen and the laziest of our family. He also was the most impulsive and short-tempered. ” I knew Lester’s voice held not one grain of sincerity. Lester always disappeared at the first hint of work. Two days before the celebration, Jorge needed help butchering the pig that Uncle Raphael gave us. He found Lester throwing corn husks at the dogs. ” he asked.

Papí unfolded the bundled shawl from his back and prepared for the giving of thanks. In front of the largest cave, he lit a large bundle of colored candles bound together so that they would burn as one on the ground. Then he lit small balls of the pine resin, trementina, in a bucket and added incense. He swung the smoking bucket in front of the flaming candles and voiced his thanks for hours. I sat quietly beneath a nearby tree and listened to every hypnotic word he spoke in our Indio language of Quiché.

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