The Messenger

In June 1920, a bomb exploded at the Teatro Nacional in Havana during a performance by Enrico Caruso in Aida Panicked, the singer fled the theater and disappeared into the streets for several days What happened to him is the fiction imagined by Cuban novelist Mayra Montero.Caruso is drawn into a passionate love affair with Aida Cheng, a 27 year old Chinese Cuban mulattaIn June 1920, a bomb exploded at the Teatro Nacional in Havana during a performance by Enrico Caruso in Aida Panicked, the singer fled the theater and disappeared into the streets for several days What happened to him is the fiction imagined by Cuban novelist Mayra Montero.Caruso is drawn into a passionate love affair with Aida Cheng, a 27 year old Chinese Cuban mulatta woman whose godfather is a powerful santero Told by Enriqueta, the daughter born of the affair, and by Aida herself, The Messenger unfolds its mysteries against the rhythms of santeria and Chinese folk magic and weaves a brooding, compelling tale of love and death that is spellbinding and well worth the trip Miami Herald.
The Messenger In June a bomb exploded at the Teatro Nacional in Havana during a performance by Enrico Caruso in Aida Panicked the singer fled the theater and disappeared into the streets for several days Wha

  • Title: The Messenger
  • Author: Mayra Montero
  • ISBN: 9780060192235
  • Page: 385
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “The Messenger”

    1. Although the description of this book makes it sound like a thriller, it doesn't really qualify as one. There is never any explanation for the role of the Black Hand in this novel. I suspect that they didn't really interest the author. Montero was far more interested in offering us an exploration of Cuban culture from the point of view of the very liminal Aida Chang who has one foot in the Afro-Cuban community and the other in the Chinese-Cuban community.As a glimpse into Cuban history, culture [...]

    2. Fiction always creates an alternate reality, but there is something uniquely compelling to me about works of historical fiction that take their inspiration from real events. In June 1920, Italian tenor Enrico Caruso was rehearsing at the Teatro Nacional in Havana for a performance of Aida when a bomb went off. Panicked, as he had been receiving death threats from the Black Hand, he ran out into the street in full costume. From that point, Mayra Montero's vivid imagination takes over. While he is [...]

    3. This imagined love story between the great Enrico Caruso and a Chinese-Cuban local is based on an actual event, an bomb that went off while Caruso was performing Aida at the Teatro Nacional in June of 1920, and which caused him to flee into the street and disappear for a week, fearing for his life.This book comes in two parts: the first half is mostly setup, explaining the woman (Aida Cheng)'s patchwork personal history, and how her family managed to meld the spirituality of both China and Cuba [...]

    4. A great expectation filled the Havana National Theatre on the night of June 13, 1920. Enrico Caruso, the legendary tenor, was to sing Aida. Rumor had it that the Great Caruso was suffering from a strange disease and was being hounded by the gangsters of the Mano Negra. A bomb exploded in the theatre at the beginning of the show, and Caruso ran out, dressed as Radames, and disappeared in the streets of Havana. The tenor emerged from the shadows a few days later, but nobody knew where and with who [...]

    5. I also just read this one in Mexico. The story takes place in Cuba and the characters are chinese, african, cubano, mexican, haitian, etc. It is a story about a women who learns about the love story of her mother and father while her mother is on her death bed. She goes back to learn of the story from multiple people. You give me any story about family history and culture and I like it. I am easy to please. :)

    6. I read a little bit into this and honestly, some of it is hard to swallow. I am a believer in "suspension of belief" but this is beyond that, for me at least. Definitely one to go back on the shelf, probably permanently.

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