The Lamentable Journey of Omaha Bigelow into the Impenetrable Loisaida Jungle
|Author||Edgardo Vega Yunqué|
|Cover artist||from Getty Images|
|Genre||picaresque, magic realism, metafiction|
|Published||2004 (The Overlook Press)|
|Media type||Print (Hardback)|
The novel follows Omaha Bigelow, a 35-year-old failure, with whom Maruquita Salsipuedesa, a 15-year-old bruja, falls in love. She has her mother perform a "Ceremony of Enlargement" that makes him frequently irresistible to women, and picaresque, magic realist, erotic adventures follow.
Reviews were positive in general, although some criticized the authorial intrusions.
Such intrusions become recurrent ...—but always exhibiting a biting sense of humor and always intricately related to the ongoing narrative. This is a novel without precedent, a challenge for critics but also a pleasure for the attentive reader.— Naomi Ayala, The Washington Post Book World
How does he make the connection between American life and politics and tell the tale of an underendowed punk-rocker and an unlucky-in-love bruja? I promise you, he makes it work.— Helen Ubinas, The Hartford Courant
[T]his wild and wonderful novel should hit home with its dark humor and its bittersweet humanity.— Robert Friedman, The San Juan Star
Vega Yunqué has a keen intelligence, an ear for dialogue and a flair for zany passages of magic realism, but this sprawling, digressive book sinks under the weight of its snazzed-up style.— ?, Publisher's Weekly
Vega Yunqué’s lavish comic imagination fills the narrative with wonderfully offbeat characters .... But the novel collapses into metafictional mannerisms as Vega Yunqué inserts his opinions into the text ad nauseam ....— ?, Kirkus Reviews
- Vega Yunqué, Edgardo. "Author's Note". The Lamentable Journey of Omaha Bigelow into the Impenetrable Loisaida Jungle. p. 352.
- Ayala, Naomi (2005-03-13). "Full of surrealistic surprise ...". The Washington Post.
- Ubinas, Helen (2004-12-12). "It's Yunqué’s world, and welcome to it". The Hartford Courant. p. G3.
- Friedman, Robert (2005-05-01). "Journey—Into Loisaida". The San Juan Star. Puerto Rico. p. P-5.
- "The Lamentable Journey of Omaha Bigelow into the Impenetrable Loisaida Jungle". Publisher's Weekly. 2004-11-01.
- "The Lamentable Journey of Omaha Bigelow into the Impenetrable Loisaida Jungle". Kirkus Reviews. 2004-10-01.
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