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eBook City of God ePub

by Gil Cuadros

  • ISBN: 087286295X
  • Category: Genre Fiction
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: Gil Cuadros
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: City Lights Publishers (January 1, 2001)
  • Pages: 160
  • ePub book: 1706 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1366 kb
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  • Rating: 4.7
  • Votes: 657

Description

This pairing of sexuality and death, most clearly explored in Cuadros's riveting descriptions of the body and its failings, unfolds repeatedly throughout the book: while the narrator of "Unprotected" describes the safe yet sterile sex of the '90s as a lesson in physical humiliation, the protagonist of "Letting Go" must mourn a dead lover while recognizing the potential for rebirth found.

Cuadros' only published book-length work of fiction, City of God, and other of his works are considered the first of their kind to serve as testimonials for Chicanos with AIDS

Cuadros' only published book-length work of fiction, City of God, and other of his works are considered the first of their kind to serve as testimonials for Chicanos with AIDS.

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I accuse Gil Cuadros of literary seduction in the nth degre. e makes me read on when I want to cr. do not want to look at his words, and yet I cannot take my eyes away. His images sooth, burn, inspire. I accuse him of heart-bashing. Gil Cuadros published stories and poems in Indivisible, High Risk 2, and Blood Whispers.

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Gil Cuadros published stories and poems in Indivisible, High Risk 2, and Blood Whispers.

Gil Cuadros’ City of God reveals to readers a gay’s life from a twofold perspective. The narrative center draws heavily from Cuadros’ memories as a Latino child with gay tendencies. Cuadros’ family was working class, his parents Mexican. City of God consists of two distinct parts. The first part uses short narrative, the second, poetry. This choice is significant. The short stories re-create Cuadros’ childhood world

Gil Cuadros published stories and poems in Indivisible, High Risk 2, and Blood Whispers. His work is also on the compact disc, Verdict and the Violence: Poet's Response to the LA Uprising. He was awarded the 1991 Brody Literature Fellowship, and was one of the first recipients of the PEN Center USA/West grant to writers with HIV. He live in Los Angeles until his death in 1996.

Gil Cuadros - born July 22, died October 4, Gilbert Daniel Cuadros - Born in Los Angeles, CA - studied at East .  . College and Pasadena Community College. 6 Discussion questions Do you see any connections between the poems presented in City of God and what we have been discussing for the last couple of week? ex. masculinity, AIDS, religion, violence, etc. 7 MORE QUOTES - " I give in to his pressure, tension released. His face gives nothing away but the job at hand, small victories we've coaxed from my body, a garden he has worked during wa. (pg.

"City of God is an unsparing account of devastation and empowerment in the age of AIDS. From the body’s first mysterious eroticism to its final humiliation and pain, Gil Cuadros gives voice to both the beauty and sorrow of our common fate. His writing cuts like a double-edged sword—at times artful and sharp, at times unfiltered and raw. This is an awesome and haunting book.”—David Trinidad

“The sensual, the expressive, the daring, the transformed become the matryrs of every era, every family. Their memoirs, heroics are our most devastating works of art. Gil Cuadros’s story ‘Unprotected’ is a classic of AIDS fiction and deserves a place of honor in the mosaic of American writing.”—Sarah Schulman

“In a voice poised between plainspokenness and urgency, Gil Cuadros writes about the remnants of love in a devastated world. The poems and stories in City of God are as dire as they are beautiful, and sharp as a blow to the body.”—Bernard Cooper

“I accuse Gil Cuadros of literary seduction in the nth degree…He makes me read on when I want to cry…I do not want to look at his words, and yet I cannot take my eyes away. His images sooth, burn, inspire. I accuse Gil Cuadros of language abuse—his stroke of silk, his pen a bludgeon. I accuse him of heart-bashing.”—Wanda Coleman

Gil Cuadros published stories and poems in Indivisible, High Risk 2, and Blood Whispers. His work is also on the compact disc, Verdict and the Violence: Poet’s Response to the LA Uprising. He was awarded the 1991 Brody Literature Fellowship, and was one of the first recipients of the PEN Center USA/West grant to writers with HIV. He lived in Los Angeles until his death in 1996.

Comments

Boraston Boraston
I had to read this novel full of short stories for a Chicano literature class, and while I found myself feeling a bit uncomfortable at times, my professor's brilliant lectures helped put these short stories into context. Otherwise, I might have missed the opportunity to really read into the character's backgrounds and really empathize with them, which is essential for reading into characters. I would love for someone to make a play on the different characters (the characters are all different, even if they share the name "Reynaldo," which I didn't get at first) in this collection.

Some parts are very graphic, especially sexually, but it was for a reason, mostly I felt to illustrate the place of subordination many Latinos find themselves in when being with white men; if on one level they are isolated from one culture due to their sexual identity, they are also marginalized and belittled by white men due to their ethnicity and heritage. It was heart wrenching for me to read the tales of some of the more self-destructive characters, which seemed to respond to society's loathing and disregard for their being with self-destructive and dangerous ways (promiscuity, abusive relationships, drugs, alcohol, etc.). There were other tales having to do with the transcendence of one's body (as in those who have Aids), and the uprooting of a family history for a more truthful narrative.

The tales range from coming of age tales that are starkly realistic and concrete, maybe harsh, like those written by Hemingway, to the superstitious and beautifully symbolic.

It saddens me that the author, like so many gay writers and artists, died at a young age. This book made me more interested in reading more literature and seeking more art from gay writers and artists, as I believe many are underrated or in the shadows in favor of more recent pop artists (who can be symbolic, well-meaning and important in encouraging tolerance but can not really be said to be of that particular community). This collection is important, poignant, and striking with a different perspective for those on the outside like myself. I recommend this book.
Olma Olma
This is an amazing, powerful work. One I won't be forgetting anytime soon.
SING SING
A beautiful first effort from Cuadros, who died shortly before the book was published. Poems and short stories. He writes with anger and nostalgia about growing up in California, learning who his friends were, discovering himself as a gay man, wrestling with AIDS, and keeping people close. A tough book to read, but worth it.