Singing from the well

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Viking, Jul 22, 1987 - Fiction - 206 pages
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Review: Singing from the Well

User Review  - Ronald Wilcox - Goodreads

Surreal. Tangential. Bizarre. Interesting. Four words that sum up the first book in the Pentagonia. Arena's main character is a little boy from a very poor family who constantly imagines strange things about his family that help him to deal with their abusive behavior. Read full review

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User Review  - Chris Campanioni - Goodreads

I compare Arenas' debut novel (and the first in his Pentagonia) to YA for intellectuals. This is a surreal, fragmented picture of life as a child in Cuba. Read full review

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About the author (1987)

The novel The Ill-fated Peregrinations of Fray Servando recreates in a poetic style, in which time, space, and character move on multiple planes of fantasy and reality, the life of Fray Servando Teresa de Mier, a Mexican priest famous for his hatred of the Spaniards. Mier denied even that the Spaniards had brought Christianity to the New World. Arenas begins with a letter to the friar: "Ever since I discovered you in an execrable history of Spanish literature, described as the friar who had traveled over the whole of Europe on foot having improbable adventures; I have tried to find out more about you." In a meditation on the nature of fiction, Arenas discovers that he and Servando are the same person, and author and character become one.

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