The Gods of Tango

The Gods of Tango A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of An NBC Latino Selection for Ten Great Latino Books Published in Arriving in Buenos Aires in with only a suitcase and her father s cherished violin

  • Title: The Gods of Tango
  • Author: Carolina De Robertis
  • ISBN: 9781101872857
  • Page: 377
  • Format: Paperback
  • A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2015An NBC Latino Selection for Ten Great Latino Books Published in 2015Arriving in Buenos Aires in 1913, with only a suitcase and her father s cherished violin to her name, seventeen year old Leda is shocked to find that the husband she has travelled across an ocean to reach is dead Unable to return home, alone, and on the brink ofA San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2015An NBC Latino Selection for Ten Great Latino Books Published in 2015Arriving in Buenos Aires in 1913, with only a suitcase and her father s cherished violin to her name, seventeen year old Leda is shocked to find that the husband she has travelled across an ocean to reach is dead Unable to return home, alone, and on the brink of destitution, she finds herself seduced by the tango, the dance that underscores every aspect of life in her new city Knowing that she can never play in public as a woman, Leda disguises herself as a young man to join a troupe of musicians In the illicit, scandalous world of brothels and cabarets, the line between Leda and her disguise begins to blur, and forbidden longings that she has long kept suppressed are realized for the first time Powerfully sensual, The Gods of Tango is an erotically charged story of music, passion, and the quest for an authentic life against the odds.

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    1. "The Argentine tango is very special to me because it's full of sensuality. The chemistry between the man and woman is absolutely stunning. " ----Gilles MariniCarolina De Robertis, an Uruguayan author, pens a heart-touching and extremely poignant historical fiction in her new book, The Gods of Tango that unfolds the story of a young Italian woman who after finding out that her newly wed husband is dead, she decides to play tango music by dressing up as a man among the world of men in Argentina, [...]

    2. The story of a woman – intelligent, talented and desperate – passing as a man is not new to literature. It’s a theme that’s been used over and over again: Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice, The Outlaws of Sherwood, and Laird Hunt’s recent Neverhome, to name just a few.It’s a testimony to my high regard for Carolina De Robertis that I still very much wanted to read Gods of Tango, where a young woman named Leda takes on a male identity to be able to perform the tango in 1913 Buenos Ai [...]

    3. After De Robertis’s other books, The Invisible Mountain and Perla, this was disappointing. The premise is interesting enough: a young Italian woman, Leda, arrives in Buenos Aires in 1913, when immigration is booming and the tango is on its way up from the brothels to become an international sensation. With a passion for the violin and few options for supporting herself, Leda disguises herself as a man to play tango; she discovers her attraction to women but is hampered by the need for secrecy. [...]

    4. Another fabulous novel! It will live on in my memory perhaps for as long as I live.In 1913, Leda leaves her tiny Italian village for a new life in Argentina. Her cousin/fiance has been there for a couple years and has finally written for her to join him. The wedding ceremony has taken place in her village without him present and her mother is so angry with her for leaving that she will not even say goodbye. Oh, the terrible things we do to each other. In addition, Leda's best friend has recently [...]

    5. 4.5 stars. "The Gods of Tango" is the story of Italian immigrant Leda who comes to Argentina in the early 1900s. She is married to her cousin and when he suddenly dies, she is left alone in a city where she knows no one. She will have to carve out a life for herself in this brand new place. She is swept up in the tango music of the city, which isn't really open to women at the time. So she decides to live her life as a man, never telling anyone her secret, which could ruin her career. This is a [...]

    6. I'm crying tears of joy.I've always wanted a book set in my country, Argentina, that celebrated our culture, that actually felt like I was here, with a good plot and interesting characters.And The Gods of Tango delivered.Not only it's as story about a transman and his exploration of his identity and gender and sexuality, but it's also about Buenos Aires in 1913 and immigration. Those stories that I had to study for years at school and those stories that our grand-grandparents would tell to our p [...]

    7. In 1913 Leda married her cousin Dante by proxy (his father stood in for him) and left her small town in Italy to be with him in Argentina. Upon arrival she finds he had been shot in an anarchist demonstration. This is the story of her luck and pluck as she seeks to make a life for herself. Music, tango music, is her passion and chosen profession.Besides the story of Leda and descriptions of life in southern Italian towns and in the conventillos of Buenos Aires, the reader is introduced to the bi [...]

    8. A gender-bending tale set in early 20th century Argentina, it's a little weird to think that this book isn't really breaking all that much ground. It's visiting themes have been around at least since Shakespeare. But this one promised something new: the flavor or tango as an up-and-coming sensation. I enjoyed Perla, the only other book I've read by Carolina De Robertis. That one also took place in Argentina, focusing on the Disappeared of the late 20th century. I had every intention of one day r [...]

    9. Why didn’t i like this? i never really cared about the likable but - whatring? - protagonista. She never seemed to bravely choose, but rather be lead by the nose as she stumbled into her life. Ugh.i loved this author's other 2 novels - although they both took awhile to catch my imagination. This one never did. There were moments of intensity (such as Alma’s surprising announcement), but they were so fleeting and seemed to wither on the vine. Ah well, guess i’ll go put on my Carlos Gardel C [...]

    10. An exquisite book. One can hear the music in the writing. When finished, I simply stared out the window for a very long time would have been impossible to do anything but hold the characters and their stories close to my heart.

    11. de robertis is one of my favorite authors (for her The Invisible Mountain ) so don't expect my five stars to be universally five, especially as this novel does have frank plot of a young widow child passing as a man in order to make a living and not have to return home to her family in Italy, from her now city of buenos aires, nor have to turn herself out to pay rent, nor have to marry again (though perhaps never clearly reasoned why she didnt feel she could do this option) and then seeing how m [...]

    12. Need to think about this one. Not sure whether to rate if three or four stars. The smells and sound are vividly portrayed. She captures the music, the essence of the tango and her writing is wonderful.

    13. I was browsing when I found Carolina De Robertis’s third novel, The Gods of Tango. I have a weakness for novels set in South America, and I became so caught up in De Robertis’s smooth, workmanlike prose that I had to buy the book. I agreed to God knows what Faustian bargains of housework and vegetable-chopping for lasagna before my husband kindly granted me an entire weekend to read this book. The author, who has a Uruguayan background, explores the roots of tango in South America, and follo [...]

    14. This remarkable, moving book evokes a time and places – Italy and Argentina in 1913 and later – in which women were confined in narrow roles, roles enforced violently at times. Yet Leda, using her wits and musical talent, disguises herself as Dante and proceeds to cross all boundaries of poverty, nationality, gender, class, sexual orientation, romance. The later-day “in the closet” doesn’t even begin to explain the times and the dangers. Discovery could be fatal, literally, so her rise [...]

    15. Excellent satisfying book! I'm glad to come across this book not written by the usual lesfic authors. The story doesn't follow typical lesfic formula and progression. It revolves around love for tango music, evils of human, personal struggles and dreams. Overall, it's too good a book to miss!

    16. Ever hear of the musician Billy Tipton? This is how he might have lived if he'd been an Italian immigrant in Argentina in the early 20th century. This historical fiction is lyrical, lesbian, timely, trans and brilliant. Grab it.

    17. ancasicartile.wordpress/2Povestea din prima parte mi-a plăcut cel mai mult. Mi-a fost drag să pășesc pe străzile aglomerate, gălăgioase și colorate ale orașului argentinian. Mi-a plăcut să urmăresc ambiția celor care doreau să aibă un cuvânt de spus în domeniul muzicii, să ascult povești și tangou, să văd viața dură ascunsă dincolo de acoperișurile colorate care împânziseră orașul. Stilul scriitoarei mi s-a părut unul vizual, muzical și extrem de captivant. Recoma [...]

    18. I wanted to like this book. And I do. But I really think it tries to do too much. The story of the tango is interesting - it's evolution in South America from African drums through the music of the lower class and brothels, and to the risqué dancing halls of the rich. Paralleling the changes in clientele is the change in instruments and their sound. It's a good story. I wouldn't mind a soundtrack to go along with the book. Maybe in the audio version?Then there is the theme of the immigrant woma [...]

    19. I have discovered a writer that can craft a sentence, a thought or a memory that can bring a tear to your eye. I know, when I finished the books, late last night, I wept at the intensity of how De Robertis describes lives that are lived in the shadows. This is an extraordinary book. It tells the tale of a young Italian girl, Leda, who is sailing to Buenos Aires to join her husband (that she married in proxy). From the moment she steps off the boat into the city teeming with immigrants, things be [...]

    20. I heard this local author being interviewed on the San Francisco public radio station and was intrigued. Oakland’s Carolina de Robertis has written the story of Leda, a 17-year old violinist who travels to Argentina from her native Italy in 1913. Arriving in Buenos Aires, she learns that Dante, the man she was arranged to marry, has died. As a woman in the patriarchal culture of the time, she cannot work. However, she was taught to play violin by her father and is carrying a historical instrum [...]

    21. Set in early 1900's Italy and Argentina, The Gods of Tango is a light read that addresses serious subjects - immigration, gender identity, racism and child abuse. I particularly appreciated information on the origins of tango. The book is very much a fun read, even though some of the writing is a bit over-the-top. The Book Launch party in Oakland included beautiful tango dancing and it was interesting to hear about the origins of the book and the research that went into it.

    22. I came by this book serendipitously. I was sitting in the school library, looked up, and without the benefit of glasses only saw the word tango. Upon closer inspection it was clear that this book needed to come home with me.And I enjoyed its stay in my home. The story is solid, the historical research behind it is well done. What I can't quite come around is the prose style. Descriptions of places are sufficient, but descriptions of emotions and actions are incomplete. Sex and desire are central [...]

    23. Ganz gute Unterhaltung zwischendurch, aber eben nichts außergewöhnliches. Ich hätte mir mehr Einblicke in die Zeit / Geschichte gewünscht. Außerdem fand ich es am Anfang etwas irritierend, dass die Namen und Pronomen für die Protagonistin ständig wechselten.

    24. This is a 2.5 star book for me with maybe a 3 for snippets of beautiful lyrical sentiments expressed and scattered through out the novel.A disappointment since the premise of a young Italian woman/teenager coming to Argentina to start a family in the early 1900s is common enough of a theme -- immigration, desperation, diaspora, euphoria for a new beginning --- read about easily from the most basic books of Argentine/Rioplatense history. As a novel one expects to find more De Robertis does not d [...]

    25. Caroline de Robertis is a new author to me. I listened to a podcast interview of her regarding this book and decided to give it a try. Robertis parents emigrated from Uruguay to England where she grew up; she has also lived in Switzerland and now in California.Leda Mazzani leaves a small Italian village to join her husband Dante in Buenos Aires. When she arrives she finds Dante is dead. She resolves to make a life for herself in Buenos Aires, but finds no work available to women except prostitut [...]

    26. Wonderful story line! The author does a great job of keeping the story moving. The novel opens with Leda, a 17 year old female preparing to leave her Italian surroundings to meet her husband whom she married by proxy the day before. When she arrives at the port of Buenos Aires she is met by Arturo, a friend of her husband who informs her that her husband, Dante is dead. Since she is told he died bravely for all she assumes he was hit in the chest area. Naturally being shaken by this news, she as [...]

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