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I Want to Buy a Vowel
by John Welter
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0425160815, Mass Market Paperback)Alfredo Santayana, the protagonist of John Welter's third novel, is a Guatemalan emigre who thumbs his way to Texas in search of the good life North of the border. To attain this American dream, Santayana has a number of hurdles to clear, from learning English (which he does through the magic of television) to getting a green card. All of this is meant to be funny and to make a point, and while Welter succeeds in many ways, his book is diminished by the hackneyed characters and the slightly cliched storyline. Still, many of the set-ups are funny and no one could claim John Welter doesn't have a gift for making you laugh out loud. This satire of immigration in America produces plenty of chuckles.
(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:43:50 -0400)
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