The Skull of Pancho Villa and Other Stories

The Skull of Pancho Villa and Other Stories Legend has it that Pancho Villa s grave was robbed and his head stolen in A gringo is credited with the theft but Gus Corral s great grandfather was there too As often happens to Chicanos his r

  • Title: The Skull of Pancho Villa and Other Stories
  • Author: Manuel Ramos
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 334
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Legend has it that Pancho Villa s grave was robbed and his head stolen in 1926 A gringo is credited with the theft, but Gus Corral s great grandfather was there too As often happens to Chicanos, his role was given short shrift But the Corral family has taken care of the skull for as long as Gus can remember It s a jolt when Panchito is stolen from his sister s house.Legend has it that Pancho Villa s grave was robbed and his head stolen in 1926 A gringo is credited with the theft, but Gus Corral s great grandfather was there too As often happens to Chicanos, his role was given short shrift But the Corral family has taken care of the skull for as long as Gus can remember It s a jolt when Panchito is stolen from his sister s house It s the only connection to the old timers of the family, so Gus knows he will have to get to the bottom of the disappearance, even if it means tangling with thieves and thugs A variety of characters writers, attorneys, Vietnam vets, cops, soldiers populate these stories in which situations frequently aren t what they seem An old man knows about the disappearance of a neighbor than he lets on A barber is involved in something that brings a ski mask wearing, gun toting hoodlum into his shop And a cop accused of using excessive force hasn t told his family the whole truth Many stories in this gripping collection feature Mexican Americans struggling with their circumstances as an ethnic minority in the United States Others cover historical events, from the Mexican Revolution to an encounter with Jack Kerouac All spotlight Ramos artistry and dexterity as he shifts from noir to historical and even ficci n r pida, or flash fiction Spanning his acclaimed writing career, this volume includes Ramos first story published in 1986, White Devils and Cockroaches, which features an attorney who served as the prototype for Luis M ntez, the protagonist in five of his award winning novels.

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    1. "The Skull of Pancho Villa And Other Stories" is a full-flavor variety pack of styles and moods. One story might pack a punch, the next might move your heart.This collection is a Manuel Ramos master class in effortless, engaging prose—no pretensions, all story. The scenes are frequently downbeat—but not all. The characters hang or thrive on the fringes and in the shadows—but not all. Most are set in Denver—but not all. L.A. shows up and El Paso, too. Most of these stories move in a world [...]

    2. Some unusual characters (Jack Kerouac, vets, cops, soldiers, tagger) show up in Manuel Ramos most interesting short story collection, including a mystery about the theft and subsequent whereabouts of Pancho Villa's head. I've enjoyed Ramos' four fiction and mystery/noir novels, so I was eager to read this collection. From the legend of La Llorona, to the robbery of Pancho Villa's grave in 1926 to contemporary stories of a cop, burned-out attorney, a screenwriter, and gentrified neighborhoods, th [...]

    3. Short storiesThis is a collection of very short stories, actually more like a collection of writing exercises for a high school English class. Very dull reading.

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