Por el amor de Pedro Infante: Una novella [NOOK Book]

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Pedro Infante. Irresistible galán de la pantalla grande. Su imagen provoca mareos y suspiros de añoranza a las mexicanas y le proporciona a Tere çvila, Secretaria del Club de Admiradores de Pedro Infante #256, el ideal soñado con que mide a los varones, por demás reales, de su existencia. Tere vive en Cabritoville, Nuevo México, un pueblito fronterizo donde no caben secretos, y sabe muy bien que no podrá ocultar mucho tiempo su amorío con Lucio, el hombre casado que la trae loca — cuando no está robándose unas ...
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Por el amor de Pedro Infante: Una novella

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Pedro Infante. Irresistible galán de la pantalla grande. Su imagen provoca mareos y suspiros de añoranza a las mexicanas y le proporciona a Tere çvila, Secretaria del Club de Admiradores de Pedro Infante #256, el ideal soñado con que mide a los varones, por demás reales, de su existencia. Tere vive en Cabritoville, Nuevo México, un pueblito fronterizo donde no caben secretos, y sabe muy bien que no podrá ocultar mucho tiempo su amorío con Lucio, el hombre casado que la trae loca — cuando no está robándose unas horas con él en el Motel Sands. Aœn más difícil que guardar el secreto le resulta mantener interesado al tornadizo de Lucio, ni hablar de los permanentes sermones que le suelta Irma, su mejor amiga, acerca del pésimo gusto que tiene para elegir amantes. Tere emprende la bœsqueda del sentido de su vida soltera y dificultad, bebiendo Tecate en un tugurio que mucho ha frecuentado, mirando videos de las películas de Pedro Infante que son su vida y que tal vez ya haya repasado hasta el exceso. Luego empieza a separar la lujuria y el amor verdadero, la ensoñación cinemática y el destino rasposo y complicado que a ella le pertenece si lo quiere.


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In love with Lucio, a married man who won't love her back, Tere Avila, a 30-something Chicana and secretary of the local Pedro Infante Fan Club, escapes into the world of long deceased Mexican movie star Infante. As her covert relationship with Lucio begins to consume her life, Tere becomes increasingly dissatisfied with the choices she has made and realizes that she can no longer use Infante's movies to escape. As chief translator of this 2001 original, Ch vez chose Aguilar Melantzon, an award-winning writer and literature professor at New Mexico State University who has an extensive knowledge of local dialects, including the mix of English and Spanish slang with N huatl and archaic Spanish words that Ch vez uses throughout. [See Criticas Fall 2001 news story for more on Aguilar Melantzon.Ed.] Far from a literal translation, this is an outstanding re-creation of how Mexicans and Mexican Americans living in the borderlands would speak. Aguilar Melantzon turns standard English words into Chicano and Calo slang, producing an accurate portrayal of the borderland culture. However, the Spanglish that was so evident in the original text"The married men... stare at the young girls, chiflando... a plastic bag full of tortas..." for exampleis lost in this homogenous Spanish text. This interesting translation experiment is clearly intended for a West Coast Hispanic audience familiar with the borderland dialect, though other non-Mexicans will be able to follow the story in the same way that an American reads works like Trainspotting. Recommended for bookstores and libraries, especially those serving Mexican American patrons.Carmen Ospina, "Criticas" Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307774026
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/27/2011
  • Language: Spanish
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,402,657
  • File size: 3 MB

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Pedro Infante. Irresistible galán de la pantalla grande. Su imagen provoca mareos y suspiros de añoranza a las mexicanas y le proporciona a Tere çvila, Secretaria del Club de Admiradores de Pedro Infante #256, el ideal soñado con que mide a los varones, por demás reales, de su existencia. Tere vive en Cabritoville, Nuevo México, un pueblito fronterizo donde no caben secretos, y sabe muy bien que no podrá ocultar mucho tiempo su amorío con Lucio, el hombre casado que la trae loca — cuando no está robándose unas horas con él en el Motel Sands. Aœn más difícil que guardar el secreto le resulta mantener interesado al tornadizo de Lucio, ni hablar de los permanentes sermones que le suelta Irma, su mejor amiga, acerca del pésimo gusto que tiene para elegir amantes. Tere emprende la bœsqueda del sentido de su vida soltera y dificultad, bebiendo Tecate en un tugurio que mucho ha frecuentado, mirando videos de las películas de Pedro Infante que son su vida y que tal vez ya haya repasado hasta el exceso. Luego empieza a separar la lujuria y el amor verdadero, la ensoñación cinemática y el destino rasposo y complicado que a ella le pertenece si lo quiere.
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