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Novel turns on Mosuito's rambling discourses with a cast of characters including her homegirl Monkey Bread a remarkably erudite bartender Delgadina Maria a very pregnant immigrant whom Mosuito accidentally rescues and transports to safety and Ray her lover who is a principal in the movement But these characters and their actions are merely devices that enable Mosuito to riff seemingly endlessly in breathless sheets of sound that call to mind John Coltrane's late avant garde period Henry Louis Gates JR It s been at least a couple of years since I read this book but I remember I loved it and thought about it a long time after

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Mosuito Author Gayl Jones

As if Jones wanted to deliver a dissertation about orality in literature by transcribing hours of tapes from a louacious storyteller Sojourner Nadine Jane Johnson nicknamed Mosuito is an African American woman from Kentucky who drives a truck on the border between Texas and Mexico Along the way she becomes an unwitting agent of the contemporary underground railroad as she puts it the Sanctuary movement dedicated to the safe passage of illegal immigrants from Mexico to the United States The plot of the The book was packaged as having a sort of oral storytelling style I found it was like stream of consciousness where every passing thought from the narrator s mind is transcribed I liked the narrator s voice so I ll just describe this one as too much of a good thing

Gayl Jones æ 6 Summary

Bury those easy to read Black romance books Mosuito is where African American literature is heading as we approach the twenty first century E Ethelbert Miller Emerge''Mosuito'' is a sprawling page meditation on the capacity of black vernacular speech to narrate a novel a word I use advisedly to describe a text that is far an imitation of actual oral storytelling the way true stories is'' as the narrator tells us pausing for breath than it is a linear narrative with a beginning a middle and an end It is I can never say I liked a book when halfway through I m praying that its over BUT I can also see someone rating this book 5 stars and be fine with that This book takes chances and is SOO intelligent The authors calls it a jazz poem fiction of fiction and is written in conversational style It talks to the reader its poetic and it breaks literature s boundaries Its also repetitive sometimes boring off in different directions that circle back onto themselves and too long by half Mosuito is actually a very tall truck driving Black woman driving a route along America s southwest She gets involved in the immigrant justice movement falls in love with a priestnot priestcia agentborder patrol She talks directly to the reader and has time to include newsletters songs and poems from her real Gayl Jones actual author mother in the text In other words its a mismash of Southwest magic realism poetry fiction that is not fiction but may be fictional fictionyou get my drift The author often interrupts the story to ask the reader if they understand that they are reading something other than a storymy answer is yes and it has become tiresomeI must give G Jones props for trying to write than just a book but something that involves all art Perhaps if this was published today instead of 1998 she could include a dvd of multimediaI wish there was a way to say that if you like a first person conversational story that will go off on a tangent at any moment and ultimately leads to a story that can be condensed into half the pages you ve read but touches on social justice issues and women s rights and immigrants rights social ineuitieslike a lot of ShakespeareI recognize the brilliance but I don t read it for pleasure


10 thoughts on “Mosuito Author Gayl Jones

  1. says:

    It is hard to imagine a timely read dealing as it does with issues of gender and power the Sanctuary movement and immigration in general racism and the possibility of storytelling to be act of resistance of guerrilla warfare It also challenges one’s assumptions about voice language use and intelligence most obviously apart from

  2. says:

    I can never say I liked a book when halfway through I'm praying that its over BUT I can also see someone rating this book 5 stars and be fine

  3. says:

    You talking ’bout race being a myth Well it seem like to me that language is a myth tooI loved the beginning of this massive novel but as the book unfolded it seemed to me to have certain weaknesses that I couldn't overlook I love the idea and ambition of the book without the bitch in it But I think part of the whole

  4. says:

    One of my favorite novels I love the language and humor of the African American female protagonist Mosuito Her migration across the American West reminds me of when only white male protagonists made such liberat

  5. says:

    Decades ago I found and bought Gayle Jones' book Corregidora in a National Women's History Project catalog While I no longe

  6. says:

    The book was packaged as having a sort of oral storytelling style I found it was like stream of consciousness where every passing thought from the narrator's mind is transcribed I liked the narrator's voice so I'll just describe this one as too much of a good thing

  7. says:

    This is probably one of my favourite books gayle jones invents her own language to accompany the voyage of mosuito Sanctuary and immigration highly recommend this book

  8. says:

    fab stream of consciousness about black woman truck driver getting involved with migration and social justice issues on the USMexico

  9. says:

    It's been at least a couple of years since I read this book but I remember I loved it and thought about it a lon

  10. says:

    Should be canonical A lyrical slipstreampolyvocal work in the mind of Mosuito truck driver Glorious and rich In

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