Hello KSW community. My name is Enrico Antiporda, from Oakland, California. I m a new member of this list (I m actually from the FilipinoArts community). I dMessage 1 of 1 , Jan 1, 2000View SourceHello KSW community.My name is Enrico Antiporda, from Oakland, California. I'm a new member of this list (I'm actually from the FilipinoArts community). I'd like to thank Claire Light for hooking us up with KSW. I'm an artist (acrylic on canvas in the French Fauve tradition with a lot of folk art thrown in) and an author of a recently published novel. I'm looking for an arts organization to join (The type that hold shows together and network with each other) so if any of you know of one, let me know.I also would like to announce the January 2000 publication of my multicultural novel THE BAND OF GYPSIES (Blue Owl Editions, ISBN 0967279305). Book reviews have been coming in and nervous as I was about them, they have all been good (thank God). I'd like to share a couple with you (since I can't contain my excitement). Here they are:
Rapport Magazine, The Modern Guide to Books and Music (West Coast Review of Books)Excellent. Four Stars. A wonderful book can be described in many ways and not seem redundant. I could waste your time and do just that, but instead, I will be concise. The Band of Gypsies is a well-written, candid, and very contemporary novel. It is basically a story of two strangers, in a strange city, who find out they have more in common than they or anyone else would ever imagine. Written from the perspective of Jaime Aragon, a young man from Manila, we get a peek into life in Spain as an extranjero or outsider. We follow his exploration along with housemates Bjorn, Elena, and Allison, of Spanish culture with its rich history of Gypsies and Moors during a turbulent time politically and socially. The story begins in Manila, hours before Jaime's self-imposed exile to Spain, weeks before his internship is due to start. His early arrival in Bilbao, Spain is never questioned, but as he gets closer to Allison, a beautiful and mysterious American, he tells her the circumstances that drove him away from the only country and people he's ever known. Aside from his exile, he was disappointed in Bilbao. The Spain he envisioned was a 'quaint European city with stately ornate buildings and winding canals,' not 'an industrial metropolis billowing black soot into the red sunset.' He also wasn't expecting Allison, who was barely around when he first arrived, to return his affection. As their internships are ending, and more violence ensues around the city, the future of the couple becomes uncertain. Eventually, they realize how much they care for each other. Gypsy stories are sprinkled throughout the novel and provide answers to the couple's hesitancy at pursuing a relationship. As earlier mentioned, this book should not be overlooked. ¾ David Dreis, Editor.
Midwest Book Review/Bookwatch
A picareque tale of love, friendship, and adventure, The Band of Gyspies reflects Antiporda's impressive talent in storytelling. In the turbulent Basque City of Bilbao, Jaime Aragon is a young foreign intern mesmerized by Allison Flynn, a mysterious American and colleague. Allison is beautiful, alluring, and burdened by a horrid past. Against the backdrop of Spanish fiestas and moonlit plazas sometimes marred by exploding Basque Separatist bombs, Jaime pursues Allison. She is a complex woman¾ -vulnerable, unpredictable, elusive. It is this very complexity that impels him towards her until he learns about a heart-rending secret that throws his life into turmoil. Featuring a multicultural cast of memorable characters, The Band of Gypsies is sometimes humorous, sometimes dark, often touching as author Enrico Antiporda takes the readers into the lives of young foreign interns lost in a troubled land. This novel engages the reader's mind, heart, and imagination long after the novel is finished and set back upon the shelf.¾ Jim Cox, Editor
Today's Librarian Magazine
The Band of Gypsies delivers a wild and shocking tale for those who like adventure and romance with a cultural flair.--Kimberly Hundley, Editor