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Ciao! Miami Paperback – September 29, 2006
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Let me first begin by saying that I approached this book prudently. I wanted to make sure I read and thoroughly absorbed all the stories, and it's symbolism. I had a hunch before even reading any of them that there would be a lot more than met the eye.
The first one was "Eve in blue robe". I have to admit that since it was the first story and I was unfamiliar to the general style and theme of the work as a whole I didn't quite know where it was heading, but it turned out to be surprisingly funny, a bit wicked, and I actually cracked up in the end. It was classic! I don't want to put any spoilers in my review since these are a collection of short stories, but it gives insight to the superficial nature of the social scene in Miami, and how deceiving looks can be.
Post Bug Billy Flint, was a sweet yet sad story, and after finishing it, I was confident I was going to enjoy the rest of the book because I was very comfortable with Zablahs congenial form of writing.
"The Women's Army" was my favorite! I know it sounds cliche but it was so riveting. I'm a big fan of historical fiction, and Zablah pulled it off quite effortlessly and un-forcibly, I may add. I'm ashamed to admit I didn't know much about Elias, and never heard the story about the dolphins, so it urged me to look online and read his entire story.
I just really enjoyed the characters in this one, they were all so clearly presented, and developed.
The Last Club on Earth reminded me of the movie Trainspotting. It had qualities of a dark comedy. Tragic, but funny.
"The Existence of Babil" was my second favorite because it immediately reminded me of Rachel Corrie, the activist who was bulldozed by the Zionists while trying to protect Palestinian homes in Rafah, Gaza Strip. This story took me back to that time during 911, when I was living in Brooklyn NY, and racial tensions were very high, and a lot of innocent hard working people had to endure the anger of the atrocity that the city was feeling at the time. Another story that made me jump on the net and revisit that era. I'm glad I did because I wasn't aware that in 2012 the Israeli courts ruled the Zionist army was not at fault in Rachel Corrie's death.
I absolutely love books that make me jump on the internet and search for historical events, and this was one of those books.
"People Clash in Pre-Smoking Ban Florida"
I particularly enjoyed the honesty of this story. "she looks like a retard", "She must be a retard". lol I can related to the reaction of these two servers. I display the same reaction upon witnessing someone smoking around their child. I appreciated this one a lot.
"Darling, It Was An Uphill battle Loving You" was my third favorite. This was one I kind of wish was an entire full length novel because it had this rhythm that consistently increased in suspense. I read this one in bed after work, and I was sleepy but I couldn't put it down. The ending was so shocking, but it made me laugh because I could totally picture that happening to a girl. lol
Overall this collection of short stories were definitely worth reading. Dare I say, this is the first collection of short stories which I thoroughly enjoyed from beginning to end. If i had to pick 3 writers whose style I think Zablah represents, it would be a little Bolano, but more like Junot Diaz, and Charles Bukowski.
I really can't wait to read more from this author. Looking forward to reading his new book, Rarity of the Century!!
Christopher Robin is a member of the ULA. He does not know, to the best of my limited knowledge, Fawzy Zablah (who has a fabulous name). It goes without saying that Fawzy, therefore, does not know Christopher--but should we make such assumptions? And, if it goes without saying, why am I saying it? And, have you noticed, I have not said anything, I am writing? Is this any way to end 2006?
Ciao Miami is a book of short stories set in the late 90's about Miami's marginalized population. The characters include immigrants, prostitutes, and transsexuals. The writing is strong, well developed and full of surprises, while the dialogue is realistic and believable.
There is so much intrigue in this book, in even the most simple of premises, I found myself lingering so as not to finish them too fast.
My favorite was a long piece called "The Women's Army" about a mentally ill man who think he's an angel and is obsessed with a Cuban boy who was "saved by a dolphin" (Elian Gonzales). Some other stories include: an Egyptian busboy mistaken for an Afghan after September 2001, ("The Existence of Nabil"), a man who falls for a crack whore who he is determined to save; but instead nearly destroys his own life in the process, ("Darling, It Was An Uphill Battle Loving You)," and a young man dying of Aids who tries to fulfill the wish of a former high school ugly duckling, ("Post Bug Billy Flint.")
I found myself drawn to the characters who were sometimes not the least bit likeable but who had a certain sad appeal. There is also humor in the dreadful lives they inhabit, whether the author intends it to be so or not. These are portraits of many different types of people who are all at their wit's end, against a backdrop of the headlines and popular concerns of the 1990's.
These are examples of what happens when people break, either trying to do good, or deluded into thinking they are doing so. Folks who are holding on to what's left of their humanity, and those that have given it up. These stories are every bit as good as what you would find in Charles Bukowski's very early short stories. I highly recommend it.
First there was Douglas Fairbairn, then Charles Willeford, now Fawzy Zablah.
I figured there'd be someone out there like him, but where to find him?
On the Internet, published by a POD press, available through the mail. You have to start somewhere.
What's happening, Gates? And how would one find out?
Live in a house by the side of the road and be a friend to man. Watch television. Go to the movies.
Hang out in nightclubs, drink too much, take dope. Lift weights, shave your head, get a tattoo. Have sex with strangers, contract a sexually-transmitted disease, pass it on.
Pretend you're Frank Sinatra. Or Robert Mitchum. Baby, I Don't Give a Damn.
I see Isaac Bashevis Singer, walking to Wolfie's. The sun is bright. There will be pickles on the table, and sauerkraut. You'll have to ask the waitress for a packet of artificial sweetener, though.
Brenda and I went to the movies to see The Departed. We couldn't tell Matt Damon from Leonardo DiCaprio. Brenda kept saying, "Is that Reno or Selix?" meaning Burt Reynolds or Tom Selleck. The other patrons, white people, shushed us.
The theater smelled like old people. Body odor and scented talcum powder.
A person can't help getting old.