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Zigzagger: Stories By Manuel Muñoz,

  • Title: Zigzagger: Stories
  • Author: Manuel Muñoz
  • ISBN: 9780810120990
  • Page: 357
  • Format: Paperback
  • Set mainly in California s Central Valley, Manuel Mu oz s first collection of stories goes beyond the traditional family myths and narratives of Chicano literature and explores, instead, the constant struggle of characters against their physical and personal surroundings Usually depicted as the lush and green world of rural quiet and tranquility, the Valley becomes the baSet mainly in California s Central Valley, Manuel Mu oz s first collection of stories goes beyond the traditional family myths and narratives of Chicano literature and explores, instead, the constant struggle of characters against their physical and personal surroundings Usually depicted as the lush and green world of rural quiet and tranquility, the Valley becomes the backdrop for the difficulties these characters confront as they try to maintain hope and independence in the face of isolation In the title story, a teenage boy learns the consequences of succumbing to the lure of a town outsider in Campo, a young farm worker frantically attempts to hide his supervision of a huddle of children from the town police, only to have another young man come to his unexpected rescue in The Unimportant Lila Parr, a father must expose his own secrets after his son is found murdered in a highway motel From conflicts of family and sexuality to the pain of loss and memory, the characters in Zigzagger seek to reconcile themselves with the rural towns of their upbringing a place that, by nature, is bordered by loneliness.
    Zigzagger Stories Set mainly in California s Central Valley Manuel Mu oz s first collection of stories goes beyond the traditional family myths and narratives of Chicano literature and explores instead the constant

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    1. Subtle yet expressive, some won t be able to empathize with the sense of isolation and alienation that weave these narratives together, but that is sort of the point Mu oz is presenting the reader with a unique perspective and broadening some horizons Some stories lacked characterization but Mu oz made up for it with a strong sense of place Many of the characters are not defined by their thoughts or actions but by their environments The landscapes he describes are characters, helping to push the [...]

    2. I read this collection when it first came out and there are still pieces of it that float in my brain 5 years later The story of the father trying to get back to Mexico but needs the help of his son who is now living with an older, rich man haunts me The story Zapatos taught me something about myself For such a realist writer, Munoz is magical that way.

    3. I heard Munoz read from this book and I was completely transportedever the experience is not the same now that I m reading it still pretty good though I think The Healer of Olive Avenue, another of his books, is the one to go for.

    4. Manuel is a fabulous writer I love how all these disparate stories come together to form a deep smooth melancholy sweet portrait of the Central Valley in California.

    5. This was a great collection of short stories, particularly great because of Munoz s ability to bring a distinctly chicano voice into light Each story felt mythological and told as though it were fable On top of that there is a recurring exploration of characters that find themselves at an intersection of the masculine, a competing sexuality, and the importance of myth and family These are stories that put me into someone else s head or maybe just a moment of their life and made me think about th [...]

    6. Technically, I m re reading this for about the 3rd time One of my favorite authors incredibly deft with plot, character development, and language.

    7. THIS IS THE BEST BOOK EVER Short stories that loosely adhere to life as a queer latino in the south west Really really really beautiful use of language and imagery.

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