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Co-author of East of Tiffany's, 13 short stories of a Latino immigrant's success in USA; a journey from West Harlem to Sutton Place and Park Avenue. Check out the reviews in Amazon.com and in Barnes and Noble.

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Ideas About the Novel is a prophetic book that all writers must own.

Ideas About the Novel by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99


Next to Cervantes, Benito Perez Galdos is the most beloved Spanish writer of all times.

Torquemada at the Stake by Perez Galdos- my translation $0.99

Lazarillo of Tormes - my translation $0.99
Read it in contemporary English -- No Thous, Thees, or King James' Bible language. Transliterated into easy language for enjoyable reading pleasure. Because The Lazarillo of Tormes pointed a new direction, European and American literature benefited with titles that today are considered classics: Cervantes’ Rinconete and Cortadillo; Daniel Defoe’s Moll Flanders, Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones and Joseph Andrews; Tobias Smollett’s Roderick Random, and Peregrine Pickle; Voltaire’s Candide; Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield. And many others to include American works ranging from Mark Twain to Saul Bellow.

Dehumanization of Art by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99
The Dehumanization of Art— is now a constant in music, literature, aesthetics, and philosophy, having come to mean that in post-modern times human-shaped mimesis (representation of the human) is irrelevant to art. According to Ortega, the arts don't have to tell a human story; art should deal with its own forms—and not with the human form.

Sentence Openers
How writers open their sentences makes prose agile, interesting, and athletic. This e-book teaches how to break the pattern Subject-verb-object--and discard openings that begin with nouns, articles, and pronouns.

East of Tiffany's - bestseller $5
With the city as its backdrop "East of Tiffany's" is filled with earnest tales of love, loss, faith, success and morality. While business terminology is interwoven throughout these short stories, it's not business lessons that I take away with me, but life lessons. The circumstances and the characters' profound humanity are relatable despite their zip code . "Luke, Postmodern Man" offers a new vista into faith, suffering, and love of neighbor. Way after you read this book you'll find yourself thinking about the various characters throughout the series of stories and will find solace in their unwavering faith. The narrators' ability to reflect on their hardships with such serenity is inspiring.



My writing was as flat as a sidewalk. And then I downloaded ...

Mary Duffy's Toolbox for Writers
After I purchased Mary's e-book I started to get 'A's in my essays and term papers! Every page is filled with great writing tips, training lessons, and wonderful useful writing skills! Not only do I write essays for college, but also short stories!
--IVONNIE Indrawan
College student
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All my books are now in KINDLE


Ideas About the Novel by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99
Torquemada at the Stake by Perez Galdos- my translation $0.99
Lazarillo of Tormes - my translation $0.99
Dehumanization of Art by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99
Sentence Openers
East of Tiffany's - bestseller $5


The most beloved short story from Spanish literature
All my books are in NOOK $0.99 or in Amazon KINDLE $0.99








All my books are now in NOOK

Ideas About the Novel is a prophetic book that all writers must own.
Ideas About the Novel by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99

Next to Cervantes, Benito Perez Galdos is the most beloved Spanish writer of all times.

Torquemada at the Stake by Perez Galdos- my translation $0.99

Lazarillo of Tormes - my translation $0.99
Read it in contemporary English -- No Thous, Thees, or King James' Bible language.

Dehumanization of Art by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99
The Dehumanization of Art— is now a constant in music, literature, aesthetics, and philosophy, having come to mean that in post-modern times human-shaped mimesis (representation of the human) is irrelevant to art.

Sentence Openers
How writers open their sentences makes prose agile, interesting, and athletic.

East of Tiffany's - bestseller $5
With the city as its backdrop "East of Tiffany's" is filled with earnest tales of love, loss, faith, success and morality.



My writing was as flat as a sidewalk. And then I downloaded ...

Mary Duffy's Toolbox for Writers
After I purchased Mary's e-book I started to get 'A's in my essays and term papers!
--Ivonnie Indrawan
College student
Sentence Openers on KINDLE

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Junot Díaz's Run, Don't WalkBooks

Junot Díaz was here for an event at The Times last night, and in the course of the evening he rattled off the names of several authors and books that have greatly influenced his work — or simply flat-out floored him. Among them: “Family Installments: Memories of Growing Up Hispanic,” by Edward Rivera, a 1982 memoir “noisily brimming with life,” as Phillip Lopate described it in the Book Review; “Poison River” and “The Death of Speedy,” two collections of the Love; Rockets comics by Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez; “The Keepsake Storm,” a collection of poetry by Gina Franco; and “The Housekeeper and the Professor,” by the Japanese writer Yoko Ogawa, about a brilliant mathematician whose short-term memory is impaired after an accident, and who develops a close relationship with his caretaker and her 10-year-old son. (Dennis Overbye described it in the Book Review last year as “deceptively elegant,” “written in such lucid, unpretentious language that reading it is like looking into a deep pool of clear water.”)

But the book Díaz returned to repeatedly — “run, don’t walk,” to get your hands on it, he insisted — was “Texaco,” by the Martinican writer Patrick Chamoiseau, published in the United States in 1997. The novel, which won the Prix Goncourt in 1992 and was one of the Book Review’s Notable Books, traces more than a century of Caribbean history through tales told by Marie-Sophie Laborieux, a descendant of slaves. “Both true and fabulous,” Leonard Michaels wrote in the Book Review, the novel’s stories of Martinique “constitute a personal and communal record of black experience on the island from the early days of slavery through its abolition and beyond — a record more real than ‘history,’ which is a formal, impersonal narrative.”
Díaz alluded to this idea — “a record more real than ‘history’” — in describing his own method for constructing “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,” which is run through with tales of the fearsome dictator Rafael Trujillo. (“At first glance, he was just your typical Latin American caudillo,” Díaz writes, “but his power was terminal in ways that few historians or writers have ever truly captured or, I would argue, imagined. He was our Sauron, our Arawn, our Darkseid, our Once and Future Dictator.”) Immersing himself in the history (plumbing his memories, devouring written accounts, interviewing people back home) was crucial to getting at the deepest truths of the Dominican story, Díaz said — and to being able to joke about it. Factual correctness was not his main concern, he added: he was after “truth.”
As for “Texaco,” Michaels set it up in the Book Review thus:
Marie-Sophie’s story begins in the present day with an act of violence: “Upon his entrance into Texaco, the Christ was hit by a stone.” Texaco is an “insalubrious” shantytown named for a nearby oil refinery, and the so-called Christ is a city planner who has come to bulldoze this slum in the name of progress. Not surprisingly, he is perceived by the people he encounters as “one of the riders of our apocalypse, the angel of destruction of the modernizing city council.” After he is set upon and stoned, he is carried to Marie-Sophie, an aged matadora — a woman of authority in the community, an “ancestor and founder of this Quarter.” When he explains his mission to her, she realizes that she must “wage … the decisive battle for Texaco’s survival,” and that her word is her “only weapon.” Plying him with rum, she begins to tell her stories: about her carpenter father and her blind mother; about her life after their deaths, living with families for whom she must work to pay her keep. She also tells how, enthralled by music, she was seduced by one musician and raped by another. She tells how she learned to read and to love books.
Chamoiseau has been compared to Joyce and Kafka, Salman Rushdie and V.S. Naipaul, but Michaels declared him more “Rabelaisian: erudite, vulgar, stupendously energetic.” His novel “is driven by an African beat, its syncopation measured like the percussive claves of its music,” and it “returns obsessively to the power, beauty, frustrations and extreme political importance of language.” When the Martinican slaves are freed, Michaels wrote,
Marie-Sophie records in her notebook that “in Creole we know how to say slavery, or the chains or the whip, but none of our words or our riddles can say Abolition. Do you know why, huh?” The former slaves can’t say it or think it because freedom hasn’t been their experience, and what “abolition” means to those who have the word isn’t what it means to those who have suffered in its absence. Having heard of “freedom,” the former slaves go looking for this enticing new entity. There is hysteria in the streets, and soldiers fire on riotous crowds. … Some former slaves think freedom is a palpable thing, others make nothing of it at all. Mr. Chamoiseau puts their spiritual condition succinctly: “Turned mineral, their lives rolled out no carpet for the blinding dice of fate.” He could, of course, describe their shock and anguish by employing a psychological or phenomenological analysis, but then he’d be surrendering to abstraction what belongs to life — or surrendering to the perspective of the oppressor what belongs, in moral principle, in reality and in truth, to the misery, humiliation and outrage of his people.”
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