This uneven but often very funny first novel won 1998's Nilon Award for Excellence in Minority Fiction. That fact, is both...

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THE AZTEC LOVE GOD

This uneven but often very funny first novel won 1998's Nilon Award for Excellence in Minority Fiction. That fact, is both limiting and misleading, for Diaz's first-person portrayal of Mexican-American standup comedian Tiofilo Duartes zips right along, merrily tossing bombs at the entertainment business, southern Californian cultural strife, and socioeducational assimilation strategies (Brother Love, a Hunter Thompson-esque high-school counselor, is especially agreeably deranged). The premise--Tio's discovery that to succeed he must perform ethnically stereotyped material--is lame, and the interpolated comedy monologues are borderline-awful. But almost everything else works in the wry ""confession"" of a hero who explains in juicy detail just how ""My lie's been a Mexican version of Leave It to Beaver,"" and provides high irreverent humor in the process.

Pub Date: June 1, 1998

ISBN: 1573660361

Page Count: 150

Publisher: FC2/Northwestern Univ.

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1998