Betrayed by Rita Hayworth

Betrayed by Rita Hayworth

by Manuel Puig
     
 

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Finally back in print, Manuel Puig's celebrated first novel is a startling anatomy of a small town in thrall to its own petty lusts, betrayals, scandals, thefts, and gossip--but most of all, to the movies. Centering around a boy named Toto, privy to the town's secrets and always eager to fill in the ugly or upsetting moments of his childhood with Hollywood-inspired

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Finally back in print, Manuel Puig's celebrated first novel is a startling anatomy of a small town in thrall to its own petty lusts, betrayals, scandals, thefts, and gossip--but most of all, to the movies. Centering around a boy named Toto, privy to the town's secrets and always eager to fill in the ugly or upsetting moments of his childhood with Hollywood-inspired fantasy, Betrayed by Rita Hayworth is a symphony of disappointed, comic, bitter, and bawdy voices, all hemmed in by life's refusal to behave like the silver screen, and is perhaps the funniest and most honest coming-of-age story of its time.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
A brilliant Argentine novelist, indebted to Joyce and Faulkner, but endowed with formidably original comic talents . . . Only a writer with an extraordinary imagination should attempt the stream-of-consciousness novel. It is done here nearly as well as it has ever been done. For everybody.
Alexander Coleman
A triumph . . . Betrayed by Rita Hayworth is a screamingly funny book . . . a dazzling and wholly original debut by Señor Puig, who obviously loves us madly; and a hand too for the translator, Suzanne Jill Levine, whose transfigurations of infantile Americanese deserve all praise.
New York Times Book Review
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a dazzling and wholly original debut' -New York Times

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780525482857
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
05/14/1987
Pages:
222
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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Mario Vargas Llosa
Puig's work is among the most original of the final years of the 20th century.

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