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The stars above Veracruz

Author: Barry Gifford
Publisher: New York : Thunder's Mouth Press ; [Berkeley, Calif.] : Distributed by Publishers Group West, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A tightrope walker introduces the collection, whose diverse locales include New Zealand, Honduras, and France. There's a one-legged man who hangs himself over an unrequited, albeit incestuous, love: "Even had he the use of both legs, they would not have saved him. Instead of walking across the rope he finished by dancing at the end of it." In the masterful "After Hours at La Chinita," a prostitute, a celebrated
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Genre/Form: Psychological fiction
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Barry Gifford
ISBN: 9781560258070 1560258071 9781560259824 1560259825
OCLC Number: 62744032
Description: 262 p. ; 20 cm.
Contents: The ropedancer: an introduction (Veracruz) --
The law of affection (Honduras) --
After hours at La Chinita (Los Angeles) --
What happened in Japan (France) --
Almost oriental (Romania) --
Dancing with Fidel (Havana) --
The sculptor's son (Paris) --
Wanted man (Florida) --
Murder at the Swordfish Club (New Zealand) --
The bearded lady of Rutgers street (New York) --
My catechism (Chicago) --
This coulda happened anywhere (Buenos Aires) --
One leg (Germany) --
The stars above Veracruz (Mexico CIty) --
Coda: the ropedancer's recurring dream.
Responsibility: Barry Gifford.
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A tightrope walker introduces the collection, whose diverse locales include New Zealand, Honduras, and France. There's a one-legged man who hangs himself over an unrequited, albeit incestuous, love: "Even had he the use of both legs, they would not have saved him. Instead of walking across the rope he finished by dancing at the end of it." In the masterful "After Hours at La Chinita," a prostitute, a celebrated supper--club singer, and a Bible-thumping motel clerk recount details of a deadly shootout.

In the title tale, a man sips beer in a Mexico City cantina once frequented by bullfighters as he reminisces about a Eurasian girlfriend with "dove-shaped" hands and heady perfume.

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"Barry Gifford's consummate skills give us reflecting images and themes in quick, bright strokes that linger on the retina... The talk comes from the hot dark of the innards, reminding us that the Read more...

 
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