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  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Coffee House Press (1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566890640
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566890649
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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"Fiercely satirical. . . . Yamashita presents [an] intricate plot with mordant wit." --"New York Times Book Review"
"A stunner." --"Library Journal" (starred review)
"Brilliant. . . . An ingenious interpretation of social woes." --"Booklist" (starred review)
"David Foster Wallace meets Gabriel Garcia Marquez." --"Publishers Weekly"
"Yamashita's fast-paced and bittersweet tale ties together all classes, races and nationalities in a cosmic vision that is both well-written and entertaining." --"Counterpoise"



Fiercely satirical. . . . Yamashita presents [an] intricate plot with mordant wit. "New York Times Book Review"
A stunner. "Library Journal" (starred review)
Brilliant. . . . An ingenious interpretation of social woes. "Booklist" (starred review)
David Foster Wallace meets Gabriel Garcia Marquez. "Publishers Weekly"
Yamashita s fast-paced and bittersweet tale ties together all classes, races and nationalities in a cosmic vision that is both well-written and entertaining. "Counterpoise"
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Fiercely satirical. . . . Yamashita presents [an] intricate plot with mordant wit. New York Times Book Review
A stunner. Library Journal (starred review)
Brilliant. . . . An ingenious interpretation of social woes. Booklist (starred review)
David Foster Wallace meets Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Publishers Weekly
Yamashita s fast-paced and bittersweet tale ties together all classes, races and nationalities in a cosmic vision that is both well-written and entertaining. Counterpoise
"


"Fiercely satirical. . . . Yamashita presents [an] intricate plot with mordant wit." --New York Times Book Review

"A stunner." --Library Journal (starred review)

"Brilliant. . . . An ingenious interpretation of social woes." --Booklist (starred review)

"David Foster Wallace meets Gabriel Garcia Marquez." --Publishers Weekly

"Yamashita's fast-paced and bittersweet tale ties together all classes, races and nationalities in a cosmic vision that is both well-written and entertaining." --Counterpoise

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Irreverently juggling magical realism, film noir, hip hop, and chicanismo, Karen Yamashita presents an L.A. where the homeless, gangsters, infant organ entrepreneurs, and Hollywood collide on a stretch of highway struck by disaster. The Harbor Freeway crisis becomes the apex of events - caused by an orange, which has been brought to L.A. from just north of Mazatlan, dragging with it the Tropic of Cancer. Rafaela, caretaking Gabriel's getaway home in Mexico, discovers a dealer of human body parts and flees north, joining a performer/laborer named Arcangel. Meanwhile, Gabriel, a news reporter in L.A., has been following leads in which seemingly unrelated events mysteriously unite as the homeless take up residence in abandoned Mercedes, lowriders, and Cads, and an aged Asian American sansei conducts symphonies from a freeway overpass. Emi, T.V. executive and Gabriel's girlfriend, along with Buzzworm, his connection to the streets, get caught in the middle of this mounting wildfire just as the cast of characters - diverse as the city itself - assembles for the final event. Tropic of Orange is an apocalypse of race, class, and culture, fanned by the media under the harsh L.A. sun.

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By A Customer on 12 Mar. 1999
Format: Paperback
Yamashita's book is just short of a tour de force. It's engrossing, jauntily satirical and multicultural to a fault. I agree with the other reviews that find it a direct indictment of materialism as well, but I was more intrigued by her apocalyptic vision for LA. The city of angels has always been a focal point for artists, and many think its time of burnout will come. Yamashita thinks that the destructive impulse will come from within and from nearby borders, and that makes this book even more fascinating as a possible scenario for the end of LA as we know it. Why hasn't this become a movie, or even a movie of the week? The fever pitch she manages to end chapters with at times would directly translate to the large or small screen. Maybe the Hollywood vultures haven't found her yet. It's only a matter of time.
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Yamashita's book is an interesting study of the effects of technology on human interaction and emotion. She uses recent history to form her opinion: NAFTA is portrayed in a bad light as destroying tradition and spreading American materialism, and the Rodney King case makes the freeway assault seem not so much like fiction. The book is an easy read with a lot of thought-provoking symbolism, and it is also very pessimistic about 90's American culture. If it is seen purely as a worst-case scenario of the future of America, it is very effective. John Alexander Stiner
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Amazon.com: 3.9 out of 5 stars 22 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Rich, thoughtful, & diverse novel. 26 April 2017
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Read this for a college English class and really enjoyed it - we even got to video conference with the author. This novel presents a diverse landscape of Los Angeles which is definitely so refreshing to read after seeing so many portrayals of LA that excludes people of color or focus only on the rich, aesthetic parts of it. This gets right into the parts that people overlook yet are so important to LA and its growth - the gritty, tough neighborhoods, the cultural enclaves, and so much more. Definitely worth a read.
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it! 5 Sept. 2015
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A brilliant novel about people and work in America, about immigrants and people whose families have been Americans for generations. About varieties of angels and how they rise. About what gets imported into the USA in addition to commodities and workers with their able, whole bodies. It's about the nature of homes, inhabiting, and keeping them--or not. This novel is very much about Los Angeles and very much about being American.
3.0 out of 5 stars Dull at times 15 Jan. 2017
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It was an okay read. Was recommended to read this from a co worker, but felt short in my expectations. The book setting is in LA and has some memorable chapters but over all it's just okay.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book 19 Jun. 2013
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I adore this book. I had to read this book for a writing class I was taking and I absolutely loved it. The plot is absolutely engrossing and the way Yamashita has used magic realism to address issues of our modern world is brilliant. I am considering writing a research paper (or senior thesis) on this book because there is just so much to analyze here. And on the plus side, it doesn't feel like work to read this book. If you're not interested in reading an academic, "literary" book, I think this book will still provide a lot of enjoyment for the casual reader.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 26 Nov. 2016
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Great book. Slightly confusing.
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