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Review: Changó’s Beads and Two-Tone Shoes, By William Kennedy

NAVA BRAHE: I haven’t read that much about Cuba in my life, fiction or otherwise, and my knowledge of the country’s history is poor. But, after reading William Kennedy’s novel, Changó’s Beads and Two-Tone Shoes, I now know a Cuba that fascinates me on an entirely different level – one that entangles a fictional Ernest Hemingway, homegrown revolutionaries and a sprinkling of organized crime worthy of Hyman Roth, Johnny Ola and the rest of the cast of The Godfather Part II.

HOWARD MEGDAL: I come to Chango as nothing less than a devotee of William Kennedy’s Albany novels. I devoured Roscoe when it published, nearly a decade ago, and I have hungered for another visit with the 20th Century’s most interesting city (Kennedy’s Albany, if not Albany itself) ever since. This newest edition did not disappoint. Continue reading

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Review: Midnight in Paris

SONIA BRAND-FISHER: What would it be like to, say, go back in time to not just another era, but to the era that you think that you were born to belong in? Would you meet literary and artistic legends that could give you feedback on the dilemmas that plague your present day? Would they speak like they write? Would they talk like they paint? Would you stay, if you could? Woody Allen explores the realms of fantasy that encourage Gil Bender, played by Owen Wilson, to face such questions and caricatures in “Midnight in Paris.” Continue reading

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