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A great introduction to the writing of Francisco Goldman
on June 25, 2004
I first read Francisco Goldman's writing in a piece featured in HALF AND HALF, a book about the biracial and bicultural experience in the United States. Goldman's cultural/racial background as a half Guatemalan/half Jewish American is parallel to the identity of the main character, Roger (Rogerio).
The descriptions and style in this book are what set it apart from other novels about cultural identity, human struggle and the untimely death of the other main character, Flor De Mayo, who mysteriously murdered. Goldman alternates between the first person voice of Rogerio and the third person, depending on the circumstance, and paints a vivid and colorful picture of life in the United States and its contrast with the harsh and violent environment of Guatemala that Flor flees as a young orphan raised by Roger's family as their housekeeper/nanny/surrogate daughter. It is easy to see how so many characters in the book are drawn to the vivacious, intelligent and sensitive Flor. I could hear the voice of every character in this piece, and the scenes played out in my mind like a film. I can't wait to read more of his novels.