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Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Un mundo que es el infierno, donde se ponen al descubierto las falsas apariencias, la sordidez, la violencia y la miseria que lo agobia. Todo sucede alrededor del burdel de la Japonesita. Y de la Manuela, ese ambiguo y genial personaje, crisol de las pasiones y revelador de una falsa moral; cuestionador de la masculinidad y sus valores.
Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published June 1st by Alfaguara first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. Sort order. A good story, well told that portrays the horrible and daily lifestyle of the inhabitants of a forgotten town and a brothel, specifically the life of "La Manuela" a transvestite who owns the brothel with his daughter.
A great way to see such a controversial topic for the time it was published and a nice way to view the numbness of the people in the town. Book recommendations and reviews at mafafaslectores IG. Sep 25, Caroline Hayes rated it it was amazing. Absolutely loved it! So much to say about this piece, but I will let you be the judge! Aug 01, Josefa Ruz Ginouves rated it liked it Shelves: read-for-school , , grade Theres just a few of characters in this book truly radiated that uniqueness and La Manuela is the one who was the least afraid to be who she was.
La Manuela is a gay transvestite man who is in love with Pancho Vega. She contrasts her daughter, la Japonesita, who isn't quite sure of who she is. The intertextuality of this novel is the Bible. Jose Donoso critiques Christianity by using aspects like the concepts of Hell and Heaven, twelve chapters for the 12, and many more references.
What I found by far the most interesting part of the book was the names of Don Alejandro's 4 dogs: Negus, Moro, Otelo and Sultan, the connection between the names is that they're all foreigners who don't belong. Overall it was really enjoyable, a bit confusing to read due to the complex style of narrative he used, which were something I've never seen in literature, but a story I'm sure only gets more entertaining the more you analyse it. This is a beautifully written novel; the narrator is predominantly hidden, letting the story unfold through the perspectives of the main characters instead.
This allows for a wonderful, layered texture with lots of depth and creates a lot of interesting overlaps and juxtapositions. Moreover, the story opens up for some interesting questions regarding gender, norms and belonging; by revealing the connections and interdependence of events and characters, rather than judging them, the story problem This is a beautifully written novel; the narrator is predominantly hidden, letting the story unfold through the perspectives of the main characters instead.
Moreover, the story opens up for some interesting questions regarding gender, norms and belonging; by revealing the connections and interdependence of events and characters, rather than judging them, the story problematises the notion of fixity in society. Most importantly, though, it is the writing which really aces this book -it is filled with subtleties and play; which makes it a package of literary ingenuity which just keeps giving.
I don't normally read fiction, but I really enjoyed this book. It's an intense, quick read, excellently written and excellently translated. The themes of violence, sexuality, gender, power, are subtly by thoroughly explored. Apr 04, Anna rated it it was amazing. There is not much of a plot, this thing consists mostly of motifs and characters. Really darn good motifs and characters. Oct 14, Pimplop rated it liked it Shelves: chilean-way , lgbtq , latinoamerica , lo-tengo-en-papel. Ay, Manuela.
Sep 16, Elizabeth Pyjov marked it as to-read Shelves: latin-american-lit , novel , cifuentes-recommends. According to Professor Cifuentes, "you start to question who's who. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Readers also enjoyed. He lived most of his life in Chile, although he spent some years in self-imposed exile in Mexico, the United States Iowa and Spain.
After , he claimed his exile was a form of protest against the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. Donoso is the author of a number of remarkable stories and novels, which contributed greatly to the Latin American literary boom and the foundation of the literary movement knows as Magical Realism. His works deal with a number of themes, including sexuality and psychology, and are often darkly humorous.
He is also considered an innovative stylist. As dedicated readers already know, some of the best and most innovative stories on the shelves come from the constantly evolving realm of young ad Read more Welcome back. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.
El lugar sin límites
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The novel is set south of the Chilean capital, Santiago, in a small town near the regional center of Talca. It tells the story of a bordello , and details the prostitutes ' way of life. The main character is Manuela, the transgender woman who owns the bordello. A number of other memorable characters are introduced.