Macho Camacho's Beat

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Dalkey Archive Press, 2001 - Fiction - 211 pages
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Infinitely multiplied by the blare of radios, TVs and record players in San Juan, Macho Camacho's guaracha weaves its way across the city and through the lives of one family on a single day: Senator Vicente Reinosa, a crooked politician stuck in a gargantuan traffic jam; his neurotic, aristocratic wife; their son Benny, a fascist who is quite literally in love with his Ferrari, and the Senator's mistress, who inhabits a poorer world with her idiot child, her cousins (Hughie, Louie, and Dewey) and her friend Dona Chon. Macho Camacho's Beat blends the music of puns, fantastic wordplay, advertising slogans, and pop-culture references with the rhythm of the guaracha to satirize the invasive "Americanization" of the island and the way in which a momentary fad impacts the culture at large.
 

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Originally published in English in 1980, S nchez's comic novel is told in snippets as it follows the lives of several inhabitants of San Juan, Puerto Rico: a crooked senator, his mistress, and his ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
5
Section 3
15
Section 4
17
Section 5
27
Section 6
29
Section 7
39
Section 8
41
Section 22
119
Section 23
121
Section 24
129
Section 25
131
Section 26
139
Section 27
141
Section 28
149
Section 29
151

Section 9
51
Section 10
59
Section 11
61
Section 12
69
Section 13
71
Section 14
79
Section 15
81
Section 16
84
Section 17
89
Section 18
91
Section 19
99
Section 20
101
Section 21
109
Section 30
159
Section 31
161
Section 32
171
Section 33
173
Section 34
181
Section 35
183
Section 36
193
Section 37
195
Section 38
205
Section 39
211
Section 40
214
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Considered by many to be the greatest Puerto Rican playwright of modern times. Born and raised in the city of Humacao, Puerto Rico. He enrolled in the University of Puerto Rico in 1955, earning a Bachelors of Arts degree. In 1959 he earned a Masters Degree in dramatic arts in City University of New York. He eventually went to Spain and earned his Doctorate in Literature in 1975, from the Complutense University of Madrid.

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