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4.0 out of 5 stars call me calculating babe
i won't reveal the plot too much - suffice to say that it revolves around the sensuous, lushous Alicia who is literally 'sex on legs.' she, for many years, has refused to become a boring unoriginal prostitute - it is definately not her style. Instead she invents this scam whereby she poses, lavisciously on a bicycle and learns how to fall off without hurting herself in...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Funny Criminal Caper in Cuba
Humour abounds in the Uruguayan-Cuban author Daniel Chavarría's Adios Muchachos: a rollicking dissection of Cuban life, where years of Communism have only served to drive the capitalist fervour of the masses to feverish pitch, and materialism rules above all. Unlike the corruption and drug-addled misery limned in Leonardo Padura's Havana series, Chavarría's...
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4.0 out of 5 stars call me calculating babe, 25 Nov 2003
This review is from: Adios Muchachos (Paperback)
i won't reveal the plot too much - suffice to say that it revolves around the sensuous, lushous Alicia who is literally 'sex on legs.' she, for many years, has refused to become a boring unoriginal prostitute - it is definately not her style. Instead she invents this scam whereby she poses, lavisciously on a bicycle and learns how to fall off without hurting herself in the process. The scam involves falling off in front of wealth tourists who drive her home where she, always with style, seduces the man. Even her mother is involved who makes a fantastic meal and proves that a way to a mans heart is through his stomach. Alicia takes care of the physical side of things and lines up many potential men around the world one of whom she will marry and live the life of luxury.
all goes well until she falls in love with victor, who has a couple of secrets himself. now i will leave it there just telling you that its the plotting that makes this book fantastic, a heist that you'll never forget, erotic and humorous on every page, with as much cold calculating as you've ever wished for. my favourite bit is when "someone" must be defrosted and thawed out to take a picture for the ransom demands and theres this great diologue between two of the characters that hails right out of reservoir dogs or pulp fiction - the i'm hungry, lets get a taco bit - leave this dead decomposing guy thaw out etc.... read it - i'll never tell you the twists - not only is there a truckload but also they are meant only to be read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Funny Criminal Caper in Cuba, 22 Jan 2010
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Humour abounds in the Uruguayan-Cuban author Daniel Chavarría's Adios Muchachos: a rollicking dissection of Cuban life, where years of Communism have only served to drive the capitalist fervour of the masses to feverish pitch, and materialism rules above all. Unlike the corruption and drug-addled misery limned in Leonardo Padura's Havana series, Chavarría's book is far too good-humoured. It is also a sexy romp with the pneumatic bottom of the wondrously bright and beautiful Alicia running riot, trying to ensnare rich foreigners who might then take her away to their own rich lands where she could lead a life of luxury. Her modus operandi is to ride her bike, wiggling her alluring bottom to attract a rich man in a fancy car, and then falling spectacularly before the sucker, prompting him to come to her rescue. Her mother aids and abets her schemes, providing fancy food and culture to the man, causing him to get more and more besotted by Alicia. Unfortunately, Alicia then falls in with a Canadian ex-con whom she mistakes for her latest wealthy conquest. He is leading a double-life himself, trying to persuade a multinational corporation to fund marine archaeology (to make money out of selling salvaged treasure) while also hiding his less than salubrious past from his employers. An accidental death sparks panic in Alicia and Victor, but also hands them possibility to make large amounts of money, and at this point, Chavarría's grip over the plot begins to loosen, and confusion takes over. In the classic manoeuvre of the author who's lost interest in the proceedings, there's a final roundup of what happens in the subsequent lives of the various characters. I've often wondered what purpose such a roundup serves: it's as though the story somehow were unable to close by itself, and so an artificial conclusion is forced on the reader. Still, a decent read for a lazy afternoon.
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