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This is an auction for THE LOVE QUEEN OF THE AMAZON by Cecile Pineda.

"Ana is one of the few great Latin heroines not created by the male imagination; her amorous history provides a unique vehicle for Pineda to look with a satirically feminine eye at the manners, mores, and literature of all the Americas. . . . Love Queen is a noteworthy addition."
- Chicago Tribune

"Sly magic realism; Pineda's novel is a well-crafted, always entertaining read. In Malyerba--like Macondo, a mythic town that ``progress had yet to visit''--a house is taken over by bees, a woman is crystallized into honey, a mummy-like mother-in-law floats toward Heaven, and protagonist Ana Magdalena is expelled from convent school for stripping naked while saving a classmate from drowning. She and her genteel mother try various shifts to make ends meet until the child is married off--for money--to an older, world- renowned writer who proves to have financial problems of his own. In need of cash, seeking love, sex, and adventure, and anxious to avoid her conjugal duties--i.e., listening to her husband read from his interminable manuscript--Ana Magdalena finds her vocation. Assuming that he's too busy writing to notice, she transforms the great man's ancestral home into a bordello. Pineda pokes fun along the way at Borges, Marquez, Vargas Llosa, and others."
- Kirkus Reviews (US) reviews:

"This hilarious novel is a feminist spoof on the mostly-male magical realists of the "Boom" generation."

" FIVE STARS! Cecile Pineda is an astonishing writer. I have a special fondness for this book because in addition to her usual enchanting prose it has a delicate wit and charm. It's full of sunshine and sensuality and adventure!"

Very favourable reviews on

Penguin paperback 1994.

255 pages.

Good condition.

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There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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