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Monday, June 14, 2010

On the Web: Another Review of 'Pastures of Heaven' by Octavio Solis; review of John Rechy book; commentary on Dagoberto Gilb story

Pastures of Heaven

We caught two review we wanted to bring you attention to. The first is another review of Octavio Solis' "Pastures of Heaven" on The Idolect:

"For Pastures the company teamed up with Word for Word, a company that specializes in staging short stories as written, with no word omitted.  Word for Word had performed a section of the book before, but their usual style wouldn’t work for the whole book unless they wanted the play to be a day-long event. Playwright Octavio Solis was brought in to condense and adapt the entire book for the stage." READ MORE.

The Life and Adventures of Lyle Clemens Review
The second is one of John Rechy's books:

"It was at a Barnes and Noble that I found The Life and Adventures of Lyle Clemens among the other titles on the bargain shelves.

For the first time, I'm at a loss for words to describe the story without giving too much away. As the title says, it's about Lyle Clemens. Actually, Lyle Clemens the Second. The first Lyle Clemens was a handsome cowboy who one night wooed a beauty pageant hopeful named Sylvia Love, got her pregnant and showered her with promises, then skipped town." READ MORE.

Dagoberto Gilb's "Please thank you"

Also, check out Tim Lepczyk's commentary of Dagoberto Gilb's recent story "Please thank you" in Harpers: "Last month, I wrote about "Uncle Rock" by Dagoberto Gilb and complained that there was no impact.  It read like a coming of age story that lost me.  In "Please, Thank You" published by Harper's, Dagoberto Gilb's story is full of emotion that brings the reader along the whole way.  At times, it reminded me of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, since the main character Mr. Sanchez has suffered a stroke and is unable to communicate or control his body at first." READ MORE.

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