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A woman, Clemencia, remembers her family, her parents’ culture, and her affair with a married man. A glimpse of what it’s like to be Chicana, out of place, and not knowing which class you belong to.
©1991 Sandra Cisneros (P)2016 L.A. Theatre Works

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  • Dobbs
  • Los Angeles, Ca.
  • 10-15-17

Extraordinary

This is among my favorite audiobooks, even though it's just one story. The writing is honest and sublime, the performance informed and spot-on. I liked it so much I purchased the audiobook of the story collection it originally appeared in.

The complexity and depth of the narrator is a marvel of writing and I have listened to it at least four times.

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AMAZING!

What made the experience of listening to Never Marry A Mexican the most enjoyable?

I loved the way the Narrator performed it spot on. I felt the compelling story hit my soul. She made it seem so real, to the point it was scary, but an amazing scary! To hear this amazing story, a very personal one at that, come to life was awesome. You could hear the sadness, jealousy, confusion, happiness, everything. You can really connect with her and see what and where she is coming from.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Clemencia was my favorite, mainly cause she was probably the only one that was fully talked about. You can really feel her emotions throughout her story and experiences.

Which scene was your favorite?

When her father passes away, I can only imagine losing my father. This scene and the way it was performed hit me hard. I felt her sorrow and pain.

Who was the most memorable character of Never Marry A Mexican and why?

Clemencia, she has an odd way of looking about things, it was a different perspective and a very detailed one at that.

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not good

I don't see the point of this. It's like a diary entry from a bitter, unpleasant woman who has a big hang up about being Mexican, and who is a racist. It isn't interesting, or well written or in any way engaging. Lots of people don't like their jobs. Lots of people don't have a lot of money. Lots of people don't have a perfect life - I don't see how being "chicana" is connected. It is simply incidental to her complaining, aside from her racism. The prose is poor and the "story" not at all engaging, even a little. It was work to stay focused. At no point does the listener/reader care about the character, or even hate her - just shallow contempt and boredom. And it feels too personal, but not in a good way - like a train of thought journal entry that really should have stayed private because it's not good enough to be shared. I am very surprised this writer has won any acclaim - though I think there has to be some political correctness going on as it is just very poor stuff. I am REALLY surprised this is from LA Theatre Works, as they usually put out pretty solid stuff.

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