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  • Author:
    Dagoberto Gilb
  • ISBN:
    0802115543
  • ISBN13:
    978-0802115546
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  • Publisher:
    Atlantic Monthly Pr; 1st edition (October 1, 1994)
  • Pages:
    218 pages
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    United States
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Mickey Acu a is a man suspended between a vague past and a vaguer future. Emerging from the landscape of the Southwest, buffeted by life and licking his wounds, he moves into a YMCA to wait for a check that is coming to save him and that demands an address. As days and then weeks pass without its arrival, he picks up work - first odd jobs and then shifts at the cash register of the Y - and hangs out with his neighbors, playing handball, drinking coffee

Mickey Acuña is a man suspended between a shrouded past and an uncertain future.

Mickey Acuña is a man suspended between a shrouded past and an uncertain future. Emerging from the landscape of the Southwest, buffeted by life and licking his wounds, he moves into a YMCA to wait for a check that is coming to save him-a check that demands an address. As days and then weeks pass without its arrival, Mickey picks up work; odd jobs at first, then shifts at the Y’s cash register. He hangs out with his neighbors, plays handball, drinks coffee, shoots pool, gets drunk, and falls in love with the women he meets, works with, and passes on the street.

Mickey Acuna is a man suspended between a vague past and a vaguer future. Gilb captures the rhythms of the Y's residents - desolate, resigned, needing love - going about their confined lives. As days and then weeks pass without its arrival, he picks up work - first odd jobs and then shifts at the cash register of the Y - and hangs out with his neighbors, playing handball, drinking coffee, shooting pool, getting drunk, falling in love or lust with women he meets, works with, passes on the street.

Of his future, all Mickey knows is that he's expecting a check for some services rendered. As he gets a few odd jobs for drink money and begins to know his neighbors (a quirky bunch of characters, freakishly drawn), Mickey fights a psychological battle to keep his distance and his sense of self. Toward the end Gilb works up some plot tension concerning the whereabouts of the mysterious check, but it's too little, too late, drowned in a sea of Bukowskian, nothing-matters existentialism. The genuine Chicano dialogue buzzing over the lazy rec-room activities provides the draw here, but Gilb's overriding earnestness seems at odds with his characters' .

Dagoberto Gilb’s previous books are The Flowers, Gritos, Woodcuts of Women, The Last Known Residence of Mickey Acuña, and The Magic of Blood, which won the PEN/Hemingway Award

Dagoberto Gilb’s previous books are The Flowers, Gritos, Woodcuts of Women, The Last Known Residence of Mickey Acuña, and The Magic of Blood, which won the PEN/Hemingway Award. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in many magazines, most recently Harper’s, The New Yorker, and Callaloo, and is reprinted widely. Gilb is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and has been a finalist for both the PEN/Faulkner and National Book Critics Circle Award. He makes his home in Austin.

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BOOKS The Magic of Blood 1993 The Last Known Residence of Mickey Acuña 1994.

They divorced before he began kindergarten. He attended several junior colleges until he transferred to the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he studied philosophy and religion and graduated with both bachelor's and master's degrees. BOOKS The Magic of Blood 1993 The Last Known Residence of Mickey Acuña 1994. Woodcuts of Women 2001 Gritos 2003 Hecho en Tejas 2006 The Flowers 2008 Before the End, After the Beginning 2011.

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A look at the world of drifters. The hero is Mickey Acuna, a Chicano who books into the El Paso YMCA. No one knows where he is from, or why he came

A look at the world of drifters. No one knows where he is from, or why he came. He spends his time talking to the other residents, people in similar situations, playing pool, ping pong, occasionally enquiring at the desk if there's mail for him, giving the clerk to understand he is awaiting a cheque. By the author of The Magic of Blood.

The first novel by a PEN Award-winning writer tells of a Southwestern man who moves into a YMCA to await a check, becomes the center of attention for the indigent, lonely residents, and is involved in a shocking event.

Trex
I find that some of Gilb's more unique and quirky sentences of summation that Mickey often privately thinks is the best part of the story. This author is now on my radar and I want to read everything he has written. Different, timeless, teaming with the ordinary that is not what is really seems to be, this is a bemusing, sometimes laugh out loud, fun and fast read. Then suddenly it stops. Just like that. With a snap of the fingers its over. You will want more. Then even more. I did.
Nilarius
My first introduction with the work of Dagoberto Gilb came about as one of many reading assignments featured in a 1400 pg anthology compiled entirely of short stories. His writing style is very earthy and relatable with story lines that emphasize everyday life.Though somewhat gritty Gilb's writing has depth and an introspective quality to it.
Shakataxe
I've become pretty blase with most novels that I read. They are stylistically the same so often, with a lot of phony action or angst that I'm supposed to know in my soul or some such. To me those are the usual middle-class to rich kid books with clever inventiveness attached. But a couple of weeks ago I came across a New Yorker that had an essay by Dagoberto Gilb that was so beautiful to read that I decided to go out and buy his books. At first I wasn't sure waht his novel wanted to do, where it was going, but then I realized I wasn't supposed to care about that. it's about as character drawn and plot driven as a poem. The language at first seems unpolished, but it only seems that way. This is a really well written book that made me think about more than just El Paso, Texas and the Mexican border. It reminded me of the book "The Stranger" by Camus--when I was done both, I felt a similar way.
Phobism
I only finished Gilb's "Magic of Blood" a few days ago and yesterday went out and purchased his novel. I read it without stopping. I felt like I had read a Camus or Beckett set in a border town. His novel is not much like the stories, the subject of this being darker and deeper, and about people who are YMCA residents, people with almost no where else to go. The novel reads smooth and you don't even know something is happening to you until you have finished it. Amazing. A review (above) calls this work "slight"! The novel is not a mixed drink. It's straight bourbon, cognac, or tequila.
Legionstatic
Gilb can write. I've always gone for writers who had to come up the hard way, had their ups and downs, never had it easy, never had anything handed to them on a silver platter, so Gilb is somebody I would like right off the bat. I admire the man's accomplishments. There's no trickery here. Gilb takes his time and tells his tale in his own, unique style. I also read THE MAGIC OF BLOOD and liked that as well. Looking forward to other works by this fine writer. I gave it five stars .
Stonewing
This is an easy read overall. Gilb's development of the Mickey character and the YMCA fraternity provided an excellent opportunity for me to discuss in my developmental level college English class issues of physical versus spiritual love, the gritty male pathos of female objectification. The guys in my class can relate to the down and out life of Mickey, and the gals get a chance to see men as they really are--sex and physically driven maniacs of one sort or another. The missing mail and other mundane action though is not the stuff of a great thriller, and the ending lacks enough definition to satisfy most readers. Even so, this hispanic author provides an authentic view into the border lives of the American born Mexican.
Qag
The Last known residence of Mickey Acuna takes place in El Paso, Texas. The detail in this book is very vivid. With many decriptions of the desert and El Paso heat. Mickey is a vagabond
from different parts of Texas. He has traveled to California and has spoken about spending time in Hollywood for a while.
Mickey stays in different cheap hotels and sometimes sleeps on the streets. The other characters in the story are well described with The Sarge being the most dramatic person descibed. Overall The last known residence of Mickey Acuna is somewhat slow. With some spurts of excitement, but most of the time there was more dialouge than story.