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Quesadillas

de Juan Pablo Villalobos

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A brilliant new comic novel from "a linguistic virtuoso" (José Antonio Aguado, Diari de Terrassa) It's the 1980s in Lagos de Moreno--a town where there are more cows than people, and more priests than cows--and a poor family struggles to overcome the bizarre dangers of living in Mexico. The father, a high-school civics teacher, insists on practicing and teaching the art of the insult, while the mother prepares hundreds of quesadillas to serve to their numerous progeny: Aristotle, Orestes, Archilochus, Callimachus, Electra, Castor, and Pollux. Confined to their home, the family bears witness to the revolt against the Institutional Revolutionary Party and their umpteenth electoral fraud. This political upheaval is only the beginning of Orestes's adventures and his uproarious crusade against the boredom of rustic life and the tyranny of his older brother. Both profoundly moving and wildly funny, Mexican author Juan Pablo Villalobos's Quesadillas is a satiric masterpiece, chock-full of inseminated cows, Polish immigrants, religious pilgrims, alien spacecraft, psychedelic watermelons, and many, many "your mama" insults.… (més)
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3.5 stars. Absurd. Hilarious. Absurd and hilarious. ( )
  LibroLindsay | Jun 18, 2021 |
A novel that wanders, has no focus, and ends strangely as though a miracle was needed to tie it together. But the boy's smart-assed voice struggling for enough quesadillas--enough of everything--keep you going. Also the characters: mother, father, siblings, Polish neighbors, mop-haired cop, athe cows, and the spaceship aliens; and the down home life in small village Mexico; and, of course, the political struggles. Worth a read; just enjoy and don't expect a great work of art. ( )
  kerns222 | May 25, 2018 |
Genuinely funny all the way through. Much preferred this the Villalobos' previous book Down The Rabbit Hole. Also one of the best book so far from the And Other Stories cannon (albeit this is still one of the earlier titles). ( )
  geocroc | May 18, 2018 |
"Everyone wants normal quesadillas."

This little novel was hilarious and heartbreaking. Set in Mexico, it's an exploration of deep poverty told with a wry voice and a generous portion of magical realism. Orestes (Oreo) and his siblings, all named after Greek mythological beings, live with their parents in "a shoebox" on the outskirts of a nothing town. They subsist largely on quesadillas, family arguments, and a tenuous relationship with reality. When a wealthy man builds a mansion next door, the pretend twins Castor and Pollux disappear, and Oreo sets off with his eldest brother to find them. Epic adventures ensue, delightfully told in less than 200 pages. ( )
  EBT1002 | Mar 20, 2018 |
Some chapters were brilliant, some as dull as stream-of-consciousness can be. There are madcap components which reminded me of Skinny Legs and All by Tom Robbins. Didn't love that one either. And some of it was so oddly crude that I doubt I'll bother wasting any more typing effort describing this wildly inconsistent work. ( )
  bikesandbooks | Jan 29, 2017 |
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I’d like to see a bit more texture in Mr. Villalobos’s fiction; I’d like a bit more complicated human interplay. His first two books are basically novellas, and I’d like to see him stretch in all sorts of ways. But I’ll happily settle for his fiction world as it stands right now, which Orestes pretty well sums up: “Why pay for a psychoanalyst when you have a stoner uncle?
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Juan Pablo Villalobosautor primaritotes les edicionscalculat
Harvey, RosalindTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat

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We were all well aware of the roller coaster that was the national economy due to the fluctuating thickness of the quesadillas my mother served at home. We’d even invented categories - inflationary quesadillas, normal quesadillas, devaluation quesadillas and poor man’s quesadillas - listed in order of greatest affluence to greatest parsimony.
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A brilliant new comic novel from "a linguistic virtuoso" (José Antonio Aguado, Diari de Terrassa) It's the 1980s in Lagos de Moreno--a town where there are more cows than people, and more priests than cows--and a poor family struggles to overcome the bizarre dangers of living in Mexico. The father, a high-school civics teacher, insists on practicing and teaching the art of the insult, while the mother prepares hundreds of quesadillas to serve to their numerous progeny: Aristotle, Orestes, Archilochus, Callimachus, Electra, Castor, and Pollux. Confined to their home, the family bears witness to the revolt against the Institutional Revolutionary Party and their umpteenth electoral fraud. This political upheaval is only the beginning of Orestes's adventures and his uproarious crusade against the boredom of rustic life and the tyranny of his older brother. Both profoundly moving and wildly funny, Mexican author Juan Pablo Villalobos's Quesadillas is a satiric masterpiece, chock-full of inseminated cows, Polish immigrants, religious pilgrims, alien spacecraft, psychedelic watermelons, and many, many "your mama" insults.

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