Chango's Beads and Two-Tone Shoes, Hardback Book
2 out of 5 (1 rating)


When journalist Daniel Quinn meets Ernest Hemingway at the Floridita bar in Havana, Cuba, in 1957, he has no idea that his own affinity for simple, declarative sentences will change his life radically overnight.

So begins William Kennedy's latest novel -- a tale of revolutionary intrigue, heroic journalism, crooked politicians, drug-running gangsters, Albany race riots, and the improbable rise of Fidel Castro. Quinn's epic journey carries him through the night clubs and jungles of Cuba and into the newsrooms and racially charged streets of Albanny on he day Robert Kennedy is fatally shot in 1968.


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I've taken two attacks at this book. I love the first third. Twice got bogged down at the end. Never finished. Not sure whether this is a review on me or the book. Great initial work around Cuba. Loses itself in America. Maybe that's the Cuba story. But I haven't managed to finish this book and just gave up for the second time.

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