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The winner of PEN's Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award presents a lovely, heartbreaking, finely crafted collection of stories about the poor and working-class in America's Southwest. "As unexpectedly ...
The winner of PEN's Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award presents a lovely, heartbreaking, finely crafted collection of stories about the poor and working-class in America's Southwest. "As unexpectedly beguiling and unforgettable as the arid stretches between their settings in El Paso and Los Angeles."--Library Journal.
|Look on the Bright Side||3|
|The Death Mask of Pancho Villa||17|
|I Danced with the Prettiest Girl||51|
|The Magic of Blood||63|
|Al, in Phoenix||75|
|Where the Sun Don't Shine||149|
|Photographs Near a Rolls Royce||171|
|Down in the West Texas Town||189|
|Love in L.A.||199|
|Winners on the Pass Line||203|
|Franklin Delano Roosevelt Was a Democrat||247|
|Vic Damone's Music||265|
|Getting a Job in Dell City||277|
Posted July 13, 2008
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 1, 2006
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.