Mile Zero

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"Mile zero" marks the location of Key West -- the island that defines the end of the American road, the cultural junction where Anglo-Saxon, Latin, and Afro worlds collide. On this island, with its cruel legacy of slave trade and Latin revolution, and its turbulent present of marijuana millionaires, threadbare illegal immigrants, and hard-luck treasure hunters, lives St. Cloud, an American expatriated in his own country, a fugitive from the unresolved anguish of his generation. Chronicling St. Cloud's dangerous reawakening, Mile Zero illuminates
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Overview

"Mile zero" marks the location of Key West -- the island that defines the end of the American road, the cultural junction where Anglo-Saxon, Latin, and Afro worlds collide. On this island, with its cruel legacy of slave trade and Latin revolution, and its turbulent present of marijuana millionaires, threadbare illegal immigrants, and hard-luck treasure hunters, lives St. Cloud, an American expatriated in his own country, a fugitive from the unresolved anguish of his generation. Chronicling St. Cloud's dangerous reawakening, Mile Zero illuminates the inward and outward tumult of our time in a huge, startling, and profoundly felt novel.

"Mile zero" marks the location of Key West--the island that defines the end of the American road, the cultural junction where Anglo-Saxon, Latin, and Afro worlds collide. Here lives St. Cloud, and American expatriate in his own country. Chronicling St. Cloud's dangerous reawakening. Mile Zero illuminates the inward and outward tumult of our time in a huge, startling, and profoundly felt novel.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Dazzling...a comic masterpiece crackling with backhanded wit... bursting with vital characters...a novel of uncommon richness....Its brilliantly contrived plot uncoils with the suspense of a thriller."
     --New York Times Book Review

"A holy terror of a book...[It has] immense power and passion.... Half mystery, half panegyric and wholly one of a kind, Mile Zero is [a] fascinating novel about the end of the American road and the beginnings of a new world."
      --Washington Post Book World

"A mythmaking and magisterial novel." --Vanity Fair
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In Key West, a group of loosely connected characters, ranging from street criminals to Vietnam vets to artists, slowly becomes drawn into a metaphysical mystery concerning a demonic, voodoo-inspired killer. ``Dense, complex, often impenetrable and murky in its finale, this novel is certain to frustrate some readers; however, those with patience will discover a uniquely rendered, almost unearthly, evocation of Key West by a master writer,'' commented PW. Author tour. Oct.
Library Journal
Mile Zero--or Key West, if you prefer--is for some a place where dreams begin, for others, the end of the road. In this third novel, Sanchez captures marvelously both the contemporary color and rich heritage of this city on the edge of two cultures. Yet, ultimately, the novel is not about place; instead, it is about the lingering impact of the Vietnam War on a generation, and the attempt to escape memories, to come to terms with one's self. Central to the story are St. Cloud, a former antiwar activist who is now an alcoholic dropout; MK, an army-trained assassin and South American drug king with whose girlfriend St. Cloud seeks redemption; Justo, a black Cuban policeman who finds salvation through contrition; and the mysterious Zobop, a self-styled Voodoo lord who believes in purification through destruction. While the hunt for Zobop provides a suspenseful plot line, the author's main objective is to get to the heart of his characters. At times violent, yet often lyrical, this is an impressive work that belongs in all public and most academic libraries.-- David W. Henderson, Eckerd Coll. Lib., St. Petersburg, Fla.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679732600
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/28/1990
  • Series: Vintage Contemporaries Series
  • Edition description: 1st Vintage contemporaries ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 1,500,304
  • Product dimensions: 5.23 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Sanchez lived for many years in Key West, Mallorca, and Paris, where the French Republic awarded him the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres. He currently resides in Key West. He is the author of King Bongo, Mile Zero, Day of the Bees, Zoot-Suit Murders and Rabbit Boss, which was named by the San Francisco Chronicle as one of the most important books of the twentieth century.
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