Es una historia de la vida"" and la vida of Yglesias' motile Spanish-Cuban family returns to the mid-19th century of his...

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Es una historia de la vida"" and la vida of Yglesias' motile Spanish-Cuban family returns to the mid-19th century of his great grandfather, shuttling back and forth inconsecutively from Havana to Tampa to New York from the time when this earlier antecedent, sitting on the terrace, said ""The sun is setting so early today"" and died. This novel which is really a memoir, purer in tone if more occasional in form than the obstreperous Orderly Life (1968), is threaded with family occasions -- births and deaths, particularly deaths, concealed history (Aunt Titi, the illegitimate daughter of the grandmother who never married), conclaves, separations, journeys back to the cigar-factory cousins and aunts and uncles in and around Tampa. ""In our family we all suffer happily from an intense nostalgia"" -- also a very close community -- but times change and the younger ones fall away, indeed do not understand them at all: ""They're like fish crowded into a little pool where the water is running out."" This then is quite simply a marvelous retrospective in which you'll randomly find animation and repose, humor, hard-shelled realities and an inalienable affection.

Pub Date: Dec. 1, 1971

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Publisher: World

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 1971