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“Breaches not only new but unique directions in the Chicano novel.” -- Francisco A. Lomeli, University of California, Santa Barbara

“They will be talking about Puppet for years to come.” -- Juan Rodriguez, Texas Lutheran University

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Text: English, Spanish (translation)
Original Language: Spanish --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press; Bilingual edition (October 1, 2000)
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 0826322298
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826322296
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,706,278 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 18, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The best review of this novel can be found in three passages from its introduction by Tey Diana Rebolledo:
The postmodern narration in Puppet has made the novella a challenge to the untrained reader. In addition to the fractured narrator, the muliplicity of voices that intermingle, the brutally honest and funny colloquial language that rubs up against official language, the simultaneity of past and present, the history of political oppression of Chicanos by Anglos and by other Chicanos themselves, and the different literary registers that are present in the novel combine to create a cacophony of narration that even Homi Bhabba would be proud of.
Is Puppet a mystery? A coming to consciousness novel? A political commentary? A novel of social criticism? The story of a woman coming into her own? About writing and creativity? Indeed it is all of these things and more. That all these aspects are intricately intertwined in the narrative is what challenges the reader, while at the same time yielding itself to multiple interpretations.
Puppet is a compelling narrative that will lead you into dark situations, but one that ultimately finds redemption. It is, however, a redemption in which all of us need to take part. This excellent translation, done with the author, may help us arrive there.
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