The Magic of Blood

The Magic of Blood

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by Dagoberto Gilb
     
 

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Dagoberto Gilb is a powerful and important new talent in American fiction. Fresh, funny, relentless, and beautifully crafted, his writing possesses that rare Chekhovian ability to perfectly capture the nuances of ordinary life and make it resonate with unexpected meaning.  See more details below

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Dagoberto Gilb is a powerful and important new talent in American fiction. Fresh, funny, relentless, and beautifully crafted, his writing possesses that rare Chekhovian ability to perfectly capture the nuances of ordinary life and make it resonate with unexpected meaning.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Acclaimed Chicano writer Gilb's collection of short stories set in the American Southwest won the PEN Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award. $35,000 ad/promo. Author tour. (Sept.)
Library Journal
These plain-spoken stories take readers to construction sites and cheap rentals where chronically underemployed, necessarily mobile, struggling yet optimistic Texas Mexicans survive in an ungenerous world. Skilled laborers and tenuous families come alive in the undramatic settings and seethe with the blood and passion that transform ordinary events into the stuff of stories. In ``Nancy Flores,'' a breathtaking depiction of first love flows into the enigmatically sordid fall of a youthful hero. ``Winners on the Pass Line'' pairs the fates of two restless visitors to Las Vegas who connect briefly and profoundly. Gilb's lesser stories meander into facile or abrupt endings, but the best are as unexpectedly beguiling and unforgettable as the arid stretches between their settings in El Paso and Los Angeles. Recommended for public libraries and area collections.-- Janet Ingraham, Worthington P.L., Ohio

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802133991
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date:
09/28/1994
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 9.44(h) x 0.82(d)

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The Magic of Blood 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have two brothers and a Dad who do construction work. Me too sometimes, but I more the reader in my family. I think Gilb's Franklin Delano Roosevelt story is one of his good ones, to disagree with the reader who wrote the above. It's about what it is to really be at a job, the politics there, and if you don't know about that, you can read this story. I love Gilb's work, and this book is one of my all time favorite's. Makes me want to be a writer. Even my own wife who thought it was a man's book said she loved it. Al in Phoenix isreally a great story, but check out Churchgoers, Down in the West Texas Town, Getting a Job in Dell City. This is one of the best books about men who work and from the southwest.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This collection shows Dagoberto's trip from a clumsy storyteller to an accomplished artist. Stories like Franklin Delano Rosevelt Was a Democrat are hardly worth reading. They trip on the words and are hard to read. Yet, others like Al, in Phoenix reach the quality of clasics of the likes of Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea. Few stories have a plot if someone expects one, and few have a traditional ending. Yet, they are slices of life cut deep into human condition with the scalpel of Gilb's pen.