Mañana

Ma ana William Hjortsberg author of the acclaimed occult thriller Falling Angel the basis for the hit film Angel Heart takes readers on a mind bending ride through Mexico after the Summer of Love when

  • Title: Mañana
  • Author: William Hjortsberg
  • ISBN: 9781497680739
  • Page: 225
  • Format: Paperback
  • William Hjortsberg, author of the acclaimed occult thriller Falling Angel , the basis for the hit film Angel Heart , takes readers on a mind bending ride through Mexico after the Summer of Love, when an American hippie s life is upended by a gang of ex cons All Tod remembers when he wakes up next to a dead prostitute is that he had his first shot of heroin the night befoWilliam Hjortsberg, author of the acclaimed occult thriller Falling Angel, the basis for the hit film Angel Heart, takes readers on a mind bending ride through Mexico after the Summer of Love, when an American hippie s life is upended by a gang of ex cons All Tod remembers when he wakes up next to a dead prostitute is that he had his first shot of heroin the night before He and his wife, Linda, were partying with their new neighbors, a trio of parole violators who fled to Mexico after robbing a Beverly Hills jewelry store Now the place is empty, stripped clean except for Tod s hunting knife, which is covered in blood Did he kill the woman, or was he left behind as the fall guy Convinced that his junkie friends abducted Linda to keep her from talking to the police, Tod buys a gun and prepares himself to do whatever it takes to get his wife back before he makes a run for the border By turns chilling and humorous, Ma ana marks the return of a stylish thriller writer as he shines a light on 1960s counterculture and the dark recesses of the human mind and heart.

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    1. Jeannette Nikolova

      Read on the WondrousBooks blog.1.5 stars And I am being generous.Here's an idea: write a book about Mexico in which you describe the beauties and history of Mexico, the archaeological treasures, the unknown Mexico. DON'T write another book about Mexican thugs, an abundance of drugs, bandits, filth, thieves and  other gross and uninteresting things.I don't know in what way I was deceived by the blurb, but I honestly didn't expect a book which relies solely on vulgarity to impress its readers.A  [...]

    2. Char

      DNF at 35%. This book is not working for me. I've realized I don't care if the main character finds his wife, lives, dies, or eats a burrito.Thanks to Net Galley for the eARC.

    3. Jack Tripper

      As a fan of William Hjortsberg's 1978 horror-hardboiled mashup Falling Angel, I couldn't wait to read this, his return to noir. This time there's no supernatural element, but it's plenty intense, taking you to late 60s Mexico, and into the shoes of a hippie from the states who may or may not have just killed a prostitute during a drug-induced blackout at a party in Mexico. All he knows is he woke up next to her, and she was already dead. Tod is definitely out of his element here, as he's normall [...]

    4. Jon Recluse

      The Summer of Love becomes a trail of tears for a young man South of the Border in this well written thriller that explores the dark side of human nature which came to fruition within the fertile heart of the peace and love generation.This was an eARC from Netgalley.

    5. Marvin

      It was the 80s and I was chilling with some Mexican friends in Valle De Santiago, not too far from where most of the action in William Hjortsberg’s Mañana takes place. A bunch of local farmers came over in the evening toting a few bottles of El Presidente brandy and some low grade weed. It was a fun night but at some point I lost track of what happened. I woke up the next morning with one hell of a headache. One of the farmers was shaking me. “Quick, we have to sell some hay!” After a few [...]

    6. Tom Mathews

      You know it must have been one hell of a party when you wake up the next morning with a dead hooker in bed beside you. That’s what happens to Tod one morning in the spring of 1968 after a wild night of partying in the Mexican beach bungalow he shares with his wife and three less-than-reputable neighbors. To make matters worse, everyone else, his wife included, have cleaned out the place and gone. Tod quickly realized there were four things he needed to do; take a shower to wash the blood off, [...]

    7. Darcia Helle

      I have mixed feelings on this book. I enjoyed the author's style. His phrasing immediately drew me into the story. For me, the strongest aspect of this story is setting. The author puts us right with the characters, sparking all our senses so that we feel as if we're there in Mexico with them. Then there's the not-so-good stuff, which mostly overshadows the positives. There is very little character development here. The story is written in first person, from Tod's perspective, yet virtually the [...]

    8. Mia (Parentheses Enthusiast)

      Well, damn it. I wrote a whole articulate review for this review but spazzed at the last second and DELETED THE WHOLE THING before I could save it. I'm not too torn up about it, though- this book was trashy, boring, unbelievably poorly-written, and relied on cheap vulgarity and explicit scenes with drugs, sex, and gore to keep readers from falling asleep. I was only able to make it through two chapters and I highly doubt that the rest of the book could've gotten any better with such a poor qual [...]

    9. tyto

      I received this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.This was a pretty decent book. The characters were interesting, and it painted a descriptive picture of Mexico during the 60s. It was a pretty quick read, and I was definitely intrigued and wanting to find out what happened. However, about 3/4 of the way through the book, the plot took a strange turn, and unfortunately, I couldn't reconcile this with the characters and the rest of the story. Overall, an interesting novel.

    10. SL Walker

      Rating: 2 stars out of 5On the surface Mañana (Spanish for 'tomorrow') has the makings of a great book. Tod has a drug-fuelled party with some friends and his wife. The next morning Tod wakes up next to a dead woman, his wife has vanished into thin air and he has no idea how the woman died. I don’t know whether it was a clash of cultural style but I really struggled to get into this book although I did persevere to the end. My main grievance is the character Tod. I feel there is a disconnect [...]

    11. Juli

      I received a free ARC of this book from GoodReads First Reads. Here is my honest review:Mañana was an interesting read, but not at all what I expected. Given the premise of the book, I assumed this would be a fast-paced, high-tension thrill ride through the dark and seedy underbelly of the drug world. Instead, the reader is taken on a somewhat mellow cultural tour of Mexico, through the eyes of a very introspective narrator. There were some exciting and sensational scenes, and there is definite [...]

    12. Dave

      Manana is an absolutely amazing tour-de-force. In it, Hjortsberg does such a great job of capturing the early sixties pulp-era feel that you don’t realize when you are reading it that it is not a reprint of a paperback original from that era, but a newly published gem.Like many pulp novels of that era, it begins in classic form with a man feeling the worst hangover imaginable, having no memory of what went on the night before, and nothing but a bloody corpse to give him any hint of what had oc [...]

    13. Adam Vine

      If you mixed one dead hooker, one part Mexican drug thriller, two parts The Big Lebowski, and a dash of Flower Power, you'd have William Hjortsberg's "Mañana."If I could divide this book into halves, the first half would get five stars, and the second would get three. This story pulls you in like Alice falling down the Rabbit Hole. The setting is authentic and vividly detailed. The author either lived through, or has done extremely detailed research into Central Mexico during the Summer of Love [...]

    14. Schuyler Wallace

      This is not a pretty story but William Hjortsberg has written something that reverberates and makes the reader pay attention. A hapless, chemically impaired drifter finds himself in bed with a dead hooker. He also finds his knife in the bloody mess, as well as blood stained hands and an empty memory bank. As the fog clears he remembers three equally disreputable men and his wife as being somewhere in the vicinity when the nightmare occurred but they are not there now. “Maňana” is the story [...]

    15. Scott

      My only experience with William Hjortsberg is his classic novel Falling Angel, so I went in to Mañana with high expectations. I am happy to report that I was not disappointed.Mañana begins with a classic pulp-noir setup: Tod wakes up next to a dead hooker with no memory of the night before. When he discovers his wife is missing along with the lowlifes they have been partying with in Mexico, he hopes she has been kidnapped but fears she is a willing accomplice. Either way he has to find out, so [...]

    16. Victoria

      Though all the adages warn you never to judge a book on its cover, but I must admit that I picked this book entirely based on its attractive sugar skull cover. I’ve never been a big fan of books with heroes fueled mainly by drugs and alcohol, but with its 1969 setting in Mexico, I am giving this one a chance. The narrator, Tod, is a late-twenties hippie and pseudo-writer who wakes up in their neighbor’s apartment next to the dead body of their neighbor’s prostitute girlfriend. The style of [...]

    17. Sara

      I received my copy of Manana free from the First Reads program. I rated it a 3 not because of any fault in the writing, but because I'm just not a fan of the genre after reading it. I'm not particularly squeamish about violence and drug use in literature, but Manana had way to much drinking and drugging even for me. Set in Mexico in the 1960s, Manana opens with main character, Tod, awakening next to an acquaintance, Frankie, who is naked and whose throat has been slit, after a heroin-fueled blac [...]

    18. Steve

      Good Reads First ReadsTod a beatnik from 1969 awakes with his wife missing, a nasty hangover, a dead woman next to him and blood all around. Tod sets out to find his wife and discover what happened to the dead woman. The journey takes him through Mexico, dealing with stolen merchandise, drugs and shady characters. Did Tod kill the dead woman, who has his wife, will he escape Mexico? You will have to read to find out. Overall, I liked the book, the story line kept my interest and the ending was s [...]

    19. Sara

      I had great hopes for this book. However, as the story progressed I was disgusted with the drugs and alcohol, and violence as well as the main character. By the time I got to the ending, I really didn't care what happened.During the second half of the book, there was a very weird plot twist that did not seem to fit with the portrait of the characters painted during the first half of the story. It was interesting enough to finish, but there are much better books out there to spend your time readi [...]

    20. Bonnie Irwin

      Occasionally, I like to read a book about a life that I would never lead, adventures I would never dare to follow, and general bad behavior I would never succumb to. This novel provides all that as our hero wakes up next to a corpse, having blacked out due to overindulgence in drugs and alcohol. Did he kill her? What happened to his wife? Where are the rest of their acquaintances? As we follow Tod through Mexico, his adventures and foibles keep us engaged and wondering how low he can go. Enough [...]

    21. Jayrchase

      This book is dark,pretty slow-moving, and full of disaffection. Counterculture abounds. That said, the book flows logically and the plot is sound. The book was more a three star for me personally, but that was because I could just never identify with the characters - I think that others might like it moreI would recommend that you read this when you want a complete change of pace from more contemporary stuff (it almost feels to me as if Mr. Hjortsberg pulled the manuscript off the shelf has the [...]

    22. Corey

      This high-octane thriller is a rough, tough ride through dark Mexican streets. Imagine Jim Thompson and Malcolm Lowry collaborating over a bong-full. A new genre, perhaps, hippie noir, like Pynchon’s Inherent Vice.

    23. Linda

      I received a copy of Manana By William Hjortsberg through for an honest review. Thanks to and to William Hjortsberg.Now I should have known what lies ahead when the main character wakes up in a brokendown motel in Mexico with a dead prostitute covered in blood in his bed. This book was not going to be a walk through the meadows by any means. The fact that it is set in the '60's adds to the abundance of drugs, guns, and makin' and takin' deals in a far different time.I read the book in one sitt [...]

    24. Jeff Scott

      "A broken heart can be fixed tomorrow, a broken soul, never.""She should have died hereafter.There would have been a time for such a word.Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,Creeps in this petty pace from day to dayTo the last syllable of recorded time,And all our yesterdays have lighted foolsThe way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor playerThat struts and frets his hour upon the stageAnd then is heard no more. It is a taleTold by an idiot, full of soun [...]

    25. Elise

      It's all fun and games until somebody wakes up next to a dead girl whose throat has been slit! That's what happens to Todd, the protagonist of Manana, this fast-paced thriller full of drug use, betrayal, paranoia, violence, and murder. I knew what I was getting into before I started reading it, and it didn't diappoint. However, the first half dragged a bit in comparison to the breakneck speed of the second half, to the point of giving me whiplash. That said, some of my favorite parts of this nov [...]

    26. Penny Olson

      I received an ARC of this book through a giveaway.This is a very dark, violent thriller which takes place in Mexico in the 60s after the summer of love. Things I liked about the book:The narrative style and flowThe evocative descriptions of place - you get the feeling the author has really been thereThere are some really good scenesThe use of Spanish - I think it made the setting more realThere was promise in the beginningThings I didn't like:There is no character to identify or sympathize with [...]

    27. Brandi

      I won this book from a giveaway. In my opinion, it was a very good novel. The beginning was a little slow but eventually the storyline progressed and became more intriguing. Overall, it read more like an autobiography rather than a novel, and when you look at it from that perspective, it made the read more interesting. I agree that there wasn't much character development and I don't think there was meant to be. It was more about the plot and events that were going on rather than the character. [...]

    28. Jezire C Akin

      I didn't hate it but I also didn't love it.I guess maybe I just wasn't the right audience for this story. This takes place in a gritty noir Mexico.Lots of intrigue and mystery and definitely a lot of description and vivid writing. I could definitely see this appealing to an audience who likes all of those things.I did, however, feel like the characters lacked a little depth and spark and I would have appreciated that in this story.Overall a decent fast paced read but again, just probably not my [...]

    29. M

      I received a free advance review copy from the publisher through the First Reads program.I'm on page 57 and I really can't muddle through this. There is way too much boring detail for what should be an exciting adventure. A paragraph describing how he gets from the outskirts of Guadalajara to the Hotel Fenix in the city center reads like a tourist guidebook: "turned rightblah blahturned left, etc." There are also a lot of flashbacks and sometimes it's hard to tell the now from the then. I don't [...]

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