I immensely enjoyed reading The Lamentable Journey of Omaha Bigelow into the Impenetrable Loisaida Jungle, written by Edgardo Vega Yunqué and appreciated it for its unique language, subject material, and mysticism. I have never read a book that contained fluffy vulgar and magical sexual exploits and I was not offended in the least with its subject material. I was thoroughly entertained by the characters and the plot and how crazy an author can dream up a fantasy world within a real one and connect the two worlds together. I loved Vega’s humor and vivid imagination. As a Puerto Rican myself, it was interesting to read a book filled with my culture and get viewpoints of the way Puerto Ricans are stereotyped and embellished. Vega’s political flair sprinkled within the text also intrigued me, because I’m always interested in the history and current state of Puerto Rico. He gave me a fairytale and a historical/politic lesson all in one comical package.
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