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The Gangster of Love

Rocky’s father and older sister, both of whom remained in the Philippines. The yo-yo, an invention attributed to the Philippines, is a central metaphor in the story, particularly as it relates to the pull of family and of the home country.

In the second, after the birth of Venus, Rocky and Elvis are more respectful. Inspired by Your Browsing History. FromHagedorn was the leader of a band called The Gangster Choir.

Her death is tragic, almost theatrical — her memory and health decline until she wastes away. As a Filipino American, I must confess, there were parts of the novel that confused me as well. Please provide an email address.

Oct 28, Pauls rated it really liked it. Rocky’s failed pregnancy she miscarries acts as the beginning of the end for Rocky and Elvis, a situation exacerbated when Keiko sleeps Elvis.

Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. I enjoyed Hagedorn’s Dogeatersbut I didn’t get around to reading this one until now summer It’s the minor characters and the grit of San Francisco before a gentrified Salesforce started taking Ubers all over the place. As stated by Rocky herself: Kwong 1 Amarjot Aulakh 1 Ambeth R. Nepales 2 Ruel Hector R. The Happy Home Cook: When her mother dies, Rocky decides to take a trip to the motherland where she is reunited with her family, including her brother, her sister and her dying father.


That multi-ethnic mix of characters is well represented in the novel — Rocky falls for Elvis Chang, a Chinese-American musician, her closest confidante is her closeted gay uncle, and her band mates are African American and Latino. Though Rocky acts as the first-person narrator for most of the novel, Hagedorn, writes certain portions omniscient narration, once in a while giving the points of view of other characters without the use of first person narration.

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The Gangster of Love

Rocky Rivera arrives in the U. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Soon after however, Milagros’s health begins deteriorating and Rocky spends months commuting between her family in New York and at her mother’s bedside in San Francisco.

Rocky ends up working at a New Age clinic, still obsessing about her family. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Please help improve this article to make it neutral in tone and meet Wikipedia’s quality standards. The Gangster of Love by Jessica Hagedorn. I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? This is a fast-paced novel about a Filipina growing up in the punk scene first in San Franscisco, then New York ; it is a coming of age story.


Despite embracing America’s pop culture, though, Rocky still feels some loyalty to her overbearing mother Milagros, a spitfire who left her unfaithful husband back in the Philippines and who clings to her old world customs. Rolling the R’s by R.

It’s about a girl named Rocky from the Phillipines and falls in love with a musician named Elvis. I am seriously torn about how I feel about this book.

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So back it went. This world premiere stage adaptation will feature live music, poetry reading, and music video.

He wants to thank his talented cast mates and the Magic Theater family, especially Loretta Greco and Jessica Hagedorn, for inviting him to be part of something so special. Voltaire the protagonist’s brotherElvis her boyfriendSly band memberMilagros her mother hqgedorn, Keiko Van Heller best friend. Thank you to BongBong for the connection to Jessica.

I can’t believe this is required reading for a college class. Joseph Papp produced her first play Mango Tango in That Hagedorn does not focus solely on the how ethnic her characters are helps to see them as people rather than just representatives of an ethnicity.

Luz lost her mother’s favor when she sided with her father and Francisco lost Milagros when he flaunted his mistress in public. Amazon Drive Cloud storage hahedorn Amazon.