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Y de Repente un Angel [Paperback]

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Y de Repente un Angel by Jaime Bayly

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Pages   244
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 9.25" Height: 6"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 30, 2005
Publisher   Planeta
ISBN  840806312X  
ISBN13  9788408063124  

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Para algunos, para otros no.  Jan 3, 2007
Si uno quire reir, y sobre todo no tener que usar la materia gris, puede leer este libro. Creo que la obra de Bayly es fiel testimonio literario de la decadencia cultural que vive el Peru. La verdad ningun lector serio podria tomar en serio esta novela.Es en si, literatura light. Recomiendo este libro para algunos para otros no!
Easy, funny and well written  Nov 17, 2006
I got Bayly fatigue after La Noche es Virgen, which seemed redundant in the context of his previous three novels. However, having rediscovered him with Y de Repente un Angel, admittedly after learning of the Planeta Prize controversy, I can see he is branching out thematically, even if the novel's theme, the emotionally nurturing relationship between an immature man/boy and his noble female servant, and the title seem to come from Yo amo a mi mami's first chapter (see pg. 12, "...y de pronto aparecia...").

As a TV talkshow host in Peru, Bayly's irreverent Letterman-inspired TV persona became iconic to my generation. His writing, based on the aforementioned novels, has the potential to turn him into an iconic Latin American writer. I know of no other young writer who has been able to capture the Peruvian vernacular so faithfully--and hilariously--while exploring the complexity of Peruvian society through characters that are authentically Peruvian but genuinely and universally human.

On Y de repente, Bayly at times makes your belly-ache from laughter and maintains a fairly good dramatic balance in his portrait of his characters' precarious reality. The relationship between Julian and Mercedes, his housekeeper, sometimes reminded me of Huckleberry's relationship with Jim, as his cynicism is dismantled by her innocence. Like Twain, Bayly seems undaunted by his reality's demons. Irreverently confronting them with refreshing and skillful use of clear and simple language, he shows us his characters struggling in familial and societal contexts fraught with dysfunctions that seem plausible in any country where class, race and chauvinism play as predominant a role as they do in Peruvian society.

The novel's journal-entry chapter format and Bayly's knack for effective dialogue make for concise, entertaining and easy reading. Bayly seems at the very least clever about the form he chooses to best fit each of his novels' narrative. My only criticisms are that in the first half of the novel he conspicuously repeats words and phrases to frame perspective--resonance, which is what I think he was aiming for, is a bit more subtle form of repetition; Julian's narrative voice sometimes seems too young (like Jimmy's in Yo quiero a mi mami), and, while it may be justified by his supposed immaturity, it sometimes undermines Julian's credibility as a middle-aged writer with several novels under his belt; and, lastly, the ending is also a bit weird, though still funny.

Petronila, a secondary character, is an unconventional character, wonderfully adept at making the reader laugh hard, but her conduct at the end seems more like that of a convenient caricature, betraying, perhaps, Bayly's overall peripheral knowledge of his Andean characters' culture and--based on the casually racist comments he utters from time to time on his TV talkshows--his own prejudices. This will likely prevent some people from ever reading Bayly, but, in all fairness, Bayly's raw portrayal of racism and other prejudices in Peru shows the type of objectivity and intellectual honesty he lacks as a talkshow host, where his need to improvise and entertain easily leads him to say outrageously stupid and offensive things and think he can get away with it--so far, he has. However, there is enough good stuff in this novel to make me look forward to his next effort and hope that he confronts and annihilates his own demons with ever-more powerful key strokes.
No será su mejor, pero vale la pena  Sep 28, 2006
¿Es ésta la gran novela que los asiduos lectores de Jaime Bayly esperan? No lo creo. ¿Vale la pena leerse? Absolutamente.

Y es que "Y de repente, un ángel", del escritor y presentador de televisión peruano, representa una salida de los temas de su anterior etapa de producción literaria. De largas narraciones en las que exprimió y recicló los tópicos de su orientación sexual que desde el comienzo le dio a conocer, pasó a explorar temas más abarcadores.

Esta finalista del Premio Planeta 2005, es una obra liviana, literariamente hablando, que presenta las relaciones familiares y humanas con la sencillez, honestidad y el gran sentido del humor que ha caracterizado otras obras del autor que le han ganado fama y lectores en el mundo hispano.

Los muchos diálogos, melodramáticos en su mayoría, aceleran la lectura. La prosa descriptiva e introspectiva que el autor le brinda al narrador, nos ofrece justo los cambios de velocidad necesarios, para permitirnos leerla de un tirón.

La novela integra tres historias sobre las relaciones del escritor / narrador Julián Beltrán: con sus padres, su mucama, y su amante.

La historia de la sirvienta tiene su peso en la primera parte y, cumplida ya su función, se va diluyendo para darle paso a la de los padres del narrador. La mucama reaparece al final, para cerrar con el humor que la caracteriza.

Mercedes, quien nunca ha conocido el amor y no sabe leer ni escribir, es empleada por el protagonista. Ella, una imitación caricaturesca de un personaje rural en un ambiente urbano, termina enseñándonos lecciones humanas e inolvidables sobre el perdón y la reconciliación.

La historia de Andrea, su novia, aparece y desaparece. Al final queda inconclusa en la mente del lector. Sin embargo, es aquí que Bayly da muestras de narrativa concisa, con flashbacks de relatos cortos y divertidos que parecen bastarse a sí mismos, como si incluyera una colección de narrativa corta en una larga. La relación entre estos dos personajes es la que inicia la novela, mas no la que define el final.

La relación del escritor / narrador con su familia, tan acomodada como disfuncional, es la que añade drama y melodrama a esta novela, llegando a dominar casi por completo la segunda mitad del libro, y le ofrece la solidez de que carece en su comienzo.
Excelente!!!!  Aug 5, 2006
No había leído nigún libro de Jaime Bayly hasta ahora y debo decir que me sorprendió la ternura con la que el autor cuenta esta aparentemente simple historia de la relación entre el protagonista y su empleada. Jaime Bayly se despoja del cinismo y describe con dulzura y sentido del humor como se deja transformar y curar por esta mujer que a pesar de las tragedias de su vida ha conservado la bondad y la dulzura.
From crying to laughing to crying! Fabulous!   Jun 20, 2006
I truly enjoyed Y de repente, un angel. This book is very engaging and a fast read. Bayly writes with such a passion and his story is so alive, I felt I was there with him the whole time. He brings back memories of growing up in Peru, with "empleadas" who become a second mom to a lot of kids. However, I still cant figure out why Bayly dislikes so much militares. He briefly makes fun of them and their wives. Overall, I loved this book, I love Bayly in general. Buy this book and enjoy a truly lovely, remarkable and admiring tale of friendship and loneliness.

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