"Of my generation I most admire Daniel Sada, whose writing project seems to me the most daring." --Roberto Bolaño
This Rabelaisian tale of lust and longing in the drier precincts of postwar Mexico introduces one of Latin America's most admired writers to the English-speaking world.
Demetrio Sordo is an agronomist who passes his days in a dull but remunerative job at a ranch near Oaxaca. It is 1945, World War II has just ended, but those bloody events have had no impact on a country that is only on the cusp of industrializing. One day, more bored than usual, Demetrio visits a bordello in search of a libidinous solution to his malaise. There he begins an all-consuming and, all things considered, perfectly satisfying relationship with a prostitute named Mireya.
A letter from his mother interrupts Demetrio's debauched idyll: she asks him to return home to northern Mexico to accompany her to a wedding in a small town on the edge of the desert. Much to his mother's delight, he meets the beautiful and virginal Renata and quickly falls in love--a most proper kind of love.
Back in Oaxaca, Demetrio is torn, the poor cad. Naturally he tries to maintain both relationships, continuing to frolic with Mireya and beginning a chaste correspondence with Renata. But Mireya has problems of her own--boredom is not among them--and concocts a story that she hopes will help her escape from the bordello and compel Demetrio to marry her. Almost Never is a brilliant send-up of Latin American machismo that also evokes a Mexico on the verge of dramatic change.
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In “Almost Never,” in other words, we see a writer in full maturity, a master in control of his craft.Read Full Review of Almost Never
Some will lose patience with the absurdly interminable literary buildup to the more-than-figurative climax in the book’s concluding words: “Sheer relief.”Read Full Review of Almost Never
Ultimately, this sometimes humorous, sometimes frustrating plot, combined with Sada’s free-indirect discourse narration, is a candid portrayal of the machismo stereotype.Read Full Review of Almost Never
If this was not even his best, according to the Spanish-speaking world, we have much to look forward to.Read Full Review of Almost Never
Almost Never is like a comedy of manners cut with a pulpy erotic novel, a social satire impelled by a dripping lecherousness.Read Full Review of Almost Never
Almost Never perpetually failed to engage me to the point that I was forced, finally, after two hard-fought weeks, to abandon its scrambling jokes and brutalities.Read Full Review of Almost Never
Daniel Sada ... should become a major “new” Mexican author, receiving the praise he deserves here for works of which we have been ignorant until now.Read Full Review of Almost Never
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