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Preview — El Portero by Reinaldo Arenas. El Portero by Reinaldo Arenas. Written in New York between andthis is the story of Juan, who starts working as a doorman in Manhattan after having failed at various jobs, to discover that given the extravagant gallery of characters populating the building, he can only really understand their pets. Paperbackpages. Published September 1st by Ediciones Universal first published Fl see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. The main character, Juan, fled Cuba by boat ten years ago and is now a doorman at a ritzy apartment building in New York.

The flat-out crazy tenants confirm it. We have a man who is obsessed with eating and handing out candy. Note that the author was openly gay — see biographical info below. Toward the end of the book the fantasy gets kicked up a notch.

They elect him as their leader and they and he eventually leave the building en masse on a cross-county journey looking for the promised land. This occurs after extended debate among the animals at which they air their special interests for a new homeland — water, forest, tropical, desert, etc.

I took it as a parody of the endless conflicting demands by citizens of a democracy. Like the main character, the author ended up a man without a country who could not stand but could not forget the land he left behind, but also could not fit into the reality of his new land.

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The paragraphs below are from Wikipedia: He left the Biblioteca Nacional and became an editor and later a journalist. Inhe was sent to prison after being charged and convicted of ‘ideological deviation’ and for publishing abroad without official consent.


He escaped from reinaldk and tried to leave Cuba by launching himself from the shore on a tire inner tube. The attempt failed and he was rearrested and imprisoned at the notorious El Morro Castle alongside murderers and rapists. Threatened with death, he was forced to renounce his work and was released in Inas part of the Mariel Boatlift, he fled to the United States.

In a suicide letter written for publication, Arenas wrote: I want to encourage the Cuban people abroad as well as on the Island to continue fighting for freedom Cuba will be free. Top photo from https: Lower photo from azquotes.

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And the message of universality amongst all God’s creatures is one to admire and entertain in the brain. But it is way too startling. The first half of “The Doorman” is actually very comical, even “Confederacy of Dunces” like in its parody. But then the rug is swiped right from under us, arenad what can only be called a “Dr.

Doolittle” meets philosophy episode just too jarring to ignore. This latter work is O. Only for Fans of Reinaldo Arenasand, even then, a minor work of this immense prtero. This is effectively two novellas that share a protagonist a Cuban doorman in NYC.

The first is a surreal series of encounters by the doorman with the people who live in the building where he works. Its essence is the attempt of everyone to proselytize arwnas other, in a variety of ways.

The second is a fablistic series of animals presenting their views of the world every bit as self-centeredly as the humans they share the building with. The darkness in this novel is deep, but it is offset to som This is effectively two novellas that share a protagonist a Cuban doorman in NYC.

I found the novel’s comical, first-person plural narration by other Cuban-Americans as entertainingly unbelievable as everything else in the novel very enjoyable. Burla al exilio, a los gays, a la cultura norteamericana. Literatura testimonial, en e Burla al exilio, a los gays, a la cultura norteamericana. Literatura testimonial, en este caso con intermediarios. Juan como arma de poder.

Todo gran poder necesita un libro que lo legitime. NY como mundo sumergido: Animales mitifican el occidentalismo. El perro se apropia de la Biblia para justificar su apoyo al hombre.

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Los animales hacen un recuento de la historia de la humanidad. El portero es el amigo entre los enemigos. Si tienen un gesto generoso es porque les conviene. Tanto los humanos como los animales no se ponen de acuerdo sobre el regreso. Una de las mejores novelas de narrativa cubana de los This is a sort of magical realism fable written in about by Cuban author Arenas.


The thrust of the story is that twenty-something Juan moves from Cuba to Manhattan to become a doorman. The apartment block is populated by a fabulous mix of people and their pets: Other key animals are pkrtero Orang-utan and a valuable Egyptian dog called Cleopatra. His effort here go unnoticed by the people but the animals perceive his goodness and decide reinald talk and engage him in rreinaldo efforts to escape. The writing style itself is not particularly inventive, literary or engaging — bland, linear and slightly juvenile.

I could almost believe the author started the story not knowing where it was going to go, ending up rsinaldo talking animals purely because he ran out of other ideas. Overall 3 stars for effort.

Sep 18, P. Rfinaldo had expectations for this book and arenzs totally dumped me on my ass in a good way by upending them. I don’t want to give anything away, but it gets weird. Grotesque in places, sort of satirically slapstickilly funny, and also sad. If it’s saying what I think afenas saying. If I were still in school and was assigned this for a spanish lit class, I’d analyze the dickens out of it.

I also acquired some new vocabulary words: Feb 20, Hyram Sempere rated it really liked it. Con una prosa muy rica, Arenas construye un relato que raya en lo surreal. Un libro verdaderamente decepcionante. Arenas uses so little dialogue at times.

Most of the time. His satire is delectable. I skimmed the end because Arenas’ writing, while beautifully rendered, became somewhat too pandering and, honestly, boring.

If I could give this book more than five stars, I would. Arenas is a master. Pretty interesting and twisted!! I read it for a class. Well written tale that mixes reality, philosophy and humor perfectly. Nicolas rated it really liked it Oct 22, Stephanie Silva rated it it was amazing Jan 07, Kate rated it liked it Mar 19, Sergio Acera rated it liked it Aug 28, Halli Kenoyer rated porrtero liked it Jul 10, Cecilia rated it it was amazing Jul 27, Raciel Mf rated it really reinaldk it Jun 23, Sergio Caldas rated it liked it Mar 24,

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