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Title:
Yucatan
Author:
De Carlo, Andrea, 1952-
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
San Diego : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, [1989]

©1989
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780151998951
Format :
Book

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Three men embark on a picaresque, often hallucinative jaunt from L.A. to the Yucatan peninsula in quest of material for a film, in this absurdist tease of a novel by Italian writer De Carlo ( Macno ). Narrator Dave is the keen young assistant to egocentric Yugoslavian filmmaker Dru Resnik, who privately ruminates on his art. They are joined by thick-necked Hollywood producer Nesbitt, who foots the bills. First they track the elusive Camado, a reputed peyote-eater whose books on drugs and the occult in Mexico may provide the story they need. But an uncanny trail of messages (e.g., ``We are watching you'') guides them to unexpected locations in hotels, ancient temples, gas stations. En route they pick up amiable women--Mary Ann the cyclist, salesperson Sashy, and notably Elaine, actress and ``spiritual girl'' who interprets the cryptic messages. The narrative creates a continual air of expectancy, unreeling haphazardly like a home movie, proving finally that the journey's accumulation of images and personal entanglements is the story. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved