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Chango's Beads and Two-Tone Shoes | [William Kennedy]

Chango's Beads and Two-Tone Shoes

William Kennedy’s latest novel is a tale of revolutionary intrigue, heroic journalism, crooked politicians, drug-running gangsters, Albany race riots, and the improbable rise of Fidel Castro. The epic journey of Quinn carries him through the nightclubs and jungles of Cuba and into the newsrooms and racially charged streets of Albany on the day than Robert F. Kennedy is assassinated in 1968. The odyssey brings Quinn and his exotic Cuban wife, Renata, face-to-face with the darkest facets of human nature.
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William Kennedy’s latest novel is a tale of revolutionary intrigue, heroic journalism, crooked politicians, drug-running gangsters, Albany race riots, and the improbable rise of Fidel Castro. The epic journey of Quinn carries him through the nightclubs and jungles of Cuba and into the newsrooms and racially charged streets of Albany on the day than Robert F. Kennedy is assassinated in 1968. The odyssey brings Quinn and his exotic but unpredictable Cuban wife, Renata, a debutante revolutionary, face-to-face with the darkest facets of human nature, and illuminates the power of love in the presence of death.

William Kennedy masterfully gathers together an unlikely cast of vivid characters in a breathtaking adventure full of music, mysticism, and murder: a homeless black alcoholic, a radical Catholic priest, a senile parent, a terminally ill jazz legend, the imperious mayor of Albany, Bing Crosby, Hemingway, Castro, and a ragtag ensemble of radicals, prostitutes, provocateurs, and underworld heavies. This is an unforgettably riotous story of revolution, romance, and redemption, set against the landscape of the civil rights movement as it challenges the legendary and vengeful Albany political machine.

©2011 William Kennedy (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Denise Beverly Shores, IN, United States 10-17-11
    Denise Beverly Shores, IN, United States 10-17-11 Member Since 2008

    A journalist and a screenwriter for 20 years, now a playwright and a reader. I am an audible activist. I try to "enable" new listeners.

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    "WONDERFUL NOVEL"

    I loved this book. Reading could have been better--but great enough. Kennedy wrote it after all. A beautiful job of putting two kind-of-like things (the Cuban revolutions & Albany NY street "riots") together--the whole becoming more understandable than the sums of its parts. It also helped me understand Chicago 1968 better than ever. I almost forgot how delightful musical writing can be.

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    James LARCHMONT, NY, United States 11-09-12
    James LARCHMONT, NY, United States 11-09-12 Member Since 2010
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    "A disappointing book."
    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The narrator was good, but the story was confused and not very well written. I could not finish it.


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    Sandy Great Falls, MT, United States 03-04-12
    Sandy Great Falls, MT, United States 03-04-12 Member Since 2010

    My name is Ted and my wife is Sandy. I am a school teacher in Montana. I teach math and History. I live on 40 acres south of Great Falls.

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    "OK but not great"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The book jumps from Cuba to Albany. I do not know what the auther wanted to convey to the reader.


    Would you be willing to try another book from William Kennedy? Why or why not?

    No he jumps around to much.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I liked the Cuban experience but he cut it off as soon as it began to get interesting. I liked some of the characters but roaming around the streets of Albany was just too much.


    Did Chango's Beads and Two-Tone Shoes inspire you to do anything?

    I guess its a period peice and I just did not get it.


    Any additional comments?

    Too jumpy for me.

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