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Deco by [Colagrande, J.J.]
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About the Author

J.J. Colagrande is the author of Headz, a novel. He lives in Miami and works as a Professor and freelance writer.

Product Details

  • File Size: 303 KB
  • Print Length: 156 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1609641132
  • Publisher: BlazeVOX [books] (October 15, 2012)
  • Publication Date: October 15, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009SFWX5I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,111,970 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I absolutely loved this book! It was funny, engaging, and full of satire. I do not regret buying it, and it's one of those books that you can read over and over from how amusing it is. The book is very clear and concise. It is easy to read, and even my eleven year old sister read it twice, and adored it. The book follows the main character Deco on different adventures he stumbles upon, as well as other characters in the book. My personal favorite character is Jacques. He is one of the heroes of the story, and I think he teaches the reader a lot in the sense of hard work, and doing things with happiness, and no complaining. He works multiple jobs, because he has to, and wants to give his family a good life. The book touches on many issues we have nowadays in Miami, like income inequality, and other things. There was no part of the book to dislike, and the book was way better than I expected it to be. It was an extremely fun book to read, and I believe anyone any age who can read will enjoy it.
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I originally wrote this review of Deco for the Biscayne Times in Miami. I think it deserves to be here, too:

Love Miami. Hate Miami. Love to hate Miami. I wrestle with myself over this city on an almost daily basis. It keeps me in shape. But the fact is that I'm endlessly captivated by our town, its history, and its bizarre inhabitants. So is the author J.J. Colagrande.

Colagrande moved here from New York when he was 18, but he's become a Miamian in the truest sense of the word -- a man whose heart and soul seem staked here. As he puts it: "I love Miami very much and I'm committed to bringing a deeper, richer, more intellectual evolution to our city. I don't like our city's image, still leftover from the '80s -- a place of vice and shallow debauchery. I'd like to stay here the rest of my life and contribute with my voice."

He's a writing professor at both Miami-Dade College (Wolfson campus) and Barry University; he's written countless articles for the Huffington Post and New Times, among others; and in his independently published sophomore novel, Decò, Colagrande stirs together everything to love and loathe about South Florida in an abuela's cauldron, then kicks it over on its ear.

No sacred cow goes unslaughtered in this swirling, fast-paced satire on modern Miami. Decò follows its eponymous main character, an overeducated yet shallow and self-absorbed wannabe writer who talks a lot about hard work without ever doing any. He's credit card rich. He dates a supermodel named Chichi ("shee-shee"), whose exotic heritage includes Australian Shepherd (yeah, the dog). He lives a two-dimensional life without substance, where appearances are everything.
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This is an easy book to read and very entertaining. I enjoy it a lot. If you have read the classic "Candide" by Voltaire, you will love this book too. JJ Colagrande made an excellent adaptation of it.
I liked how the author embarks us on entertaining journey through South Florida. This book captures in a very humorous way the difficulties many people, especially immigrants, faces in Miami.
I had the pleasure of taking an English class at Miami Dade College with this book's author. Professor JJ Colagrande is a very creative and intelligent guy.
I liked his work so much, that I am going to read his other book "Headz". I read very good reviews about it too.

Thank you Professor J.J. Colagrande. I look forward for your next work.
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[ “Here is the Book of thy Descent, Here begins the Book of the Holy Grail, Here begins the terrors, Here begins the miracles (The Grail Legend).” The Grail Legend is the story of the young prince Parsifal, whose longing for insight causes him to leave his sheltered life and to endure many tests until he comes the man he was meant to be. The story has been interpreted in hundred of ways, but most Grail scholars would agree with Joseph Campbell, who says that the core meaning of the Grail myth is “the search for the inexhaustible fountain, the source of one’s life. even if that search should take us through the most terrible suffering. In fact, as the Grail teaches us, it is the suffering itself that prepares us to receive the miracles.” ] (“Here Begins the Terrors, Here Begins the Miracles” in Broken Open by Elizabeth Lesser pg. 64)

Deco is a contemporary, coming-to-be journey that exemplifies many in the city of Miami that have searched for miracles and have stumbled along the way for it — love, vices, success, community, struggle, perseverance, and a submission greater than one’s self. DuPont guides Deco in challenging the verb to be in times of adversity and making kinetic motion towards the good in our own hearts even in faces of diversity. From the grit of Allapatah, to the togetherness and loving demonstrations of Occupy Miami, the irony in Deco’s fall from the biker’s in Critical Mass (an event for the safetiness of sharing lanes), the sweat and labor to a farmer’s market , and the unspoken evils at strip clubs, J.J. Colagrande captures the dichotomy of Miami’s good and bad while being all inclusive in shedding of the ego and capturing the essence of characters and culture all for the Hero’s Journey in vision, humility, hard work.
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