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Guatemalan immigrant Alfredo Santayana does not know much English except for the phrase "I want to buy a vowel," which earns him great wealth in America, but Alfredo has much more to learn, in a touching novel about the immigrant experience. Reprint.
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Alfredo Santayana, the protagonist of John Welter's third novel, is a Guatemalan emigre who thumbs his way to Texas in search of the good life North of the border. To attain this American dream, Santayana has a number of hurdles to clear, from learning English (which he does through the magic of television) to getting a green card. All of this is meant to be funny and to make a point, and while Welter succeeds in many ways, his book is diminished by the hackneyed characters and the slightly cliched storyline. Still, many of the set-ups are funny and no one could claim John Welter doesn't have a gift for making you laugh out loud. This satire of immigration in America produces plenty of chuckles.About the Author:
John Welter began his writing career as a newspaper copy boy, buying cigarettes for the city editor. Since then he has worked as a reporter at newspapers in the Midwest and the South and published humor sketches in The Atlantic. His first book, Begin to Exit Here: A Novel of the Wayward Press, was widely praised and selected by Library Journal as a "Word of Mouth" recommendation for 1991. He lives in North Carolina, where he writes a humor column for The Chapel Hill Herald and is a manager for a mail-order company. He has never been a Secret Service agent, but sometimes wears dark glasses.
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Book Description Berkley, 1997. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0425160815