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Dark Dude [ハードカバー]

Oscar Hijuelos





He didn't say good-bye. He didn't leave a phone number. And he didn't plan on coming back - ever.

In Wisconsin, Rico could blend in. His light hair and lighter skin wouldn't make him the "dark dude" or the punching bag for the whole neighborhood. The Midwest is the land of milk and honey, but for Rico Fuentes, it's really a last resort. Trading Harlem for Wisconsin, though, means giving up on a big part of his identity. And when Rico no longer has to prove that he's Latino, he almost stops being one. Except he can never have an ordinary white kid's life, because there are some things that can't be left behind, that can't be cut loose or forgotten. These are the things that will be with you forever.... These are the things that will follow you a thousand miles away.

For anyone who loved The Outsiders -- and for anyone who's ever felt like one -- Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Oscar Hijuelos brings to life a haunting choice and an unforgettable journey about identity, misidentity, and all that we take with us when we run away.


"Dark Dude's journey toward self-discovery is a compelling read. Today's teens will be thrilled to discover a voice as authentic and accomplished as Oscar Hijuelos's" - Ellen Hopkins, New York Times bestselling author of Crank and Glass


  • ハードカバー: 448ページ
  • 出版社: Atheneum Books for Young Readers; 1版 (2008/9/16)
  • 言語: 英語, 英語, 英語
  • 対象: ヤングアダルト
  • ISBN-10: 141694804X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416948049
  • 発売日: 2008/9/16
  • 商品パッケージの寸法: 3.8 x 16.5 x 22.2 cm
  • Amazon ベストセラー商品ランキング: 洋書 - 1,530,583位 (洋書のベストセラーを見る)
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5つ星のうち 4.0 Not MAMBO KINGS, but well written y/a with a lot of conflict and modern issues 2013/1/24
By Mir - (
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I thought I would love this as I"m Cuban American, but truth be told, I didn't finish it, so I delayed doing the review. I thought, right up front, that like other writings of Hijuelos, the control of language, the flow and vividness, is excellent. He chooses to use his protagonists' voice, not a distancing one, so you're in there with Rico. Sometimes, as good as a writer may be, the connection lags. For me, there it is. But that doesn't speak to the book so much as my age or me not being the right reader for it at this time.

This was not Mambo Kings, for readers seeking some similar experience. Still, it's not aimed at an adult audience. It's Y/A. And maybe knowing that colored things (no pun intended) for me. The language is raw for YA (or maybe I"m just old fashioned). If you think the younger person in your family can handle a coming of age with more of the starkness of a real life full of dysfunction and racial/ethnic issues, then here you go. If you think obscenities are not for your younger reader, then find another read.

I will add that military school was often a threat to the misbehavers back in my Cuban-immigrant heydays. It's interesting to see that crop up. I don't know if "white" families often resorted to this, but this definitely was one solution to the unruly/problem child back in the day. Not saying it was a great idea, just saying it was REAL.

While that was real, I will say that lighter skin and hair was VALUED in my Cuban growing up days in the 60s and 70s--whether NY or Miami. I've had ladies in my family of the fair skin and natural blond hair and light eyes type (granted, few), and they were not ostracized or picked on or treated poorly in the family or in the "ghetto" we immigrated to. Like Rico I experienced the unpretty side of NY. (Have no idea re Wisconsin, but do of Miami, where the Cuban presence was and is strong). LIght skin was desirable, even in guys--los rubios, the rare ones. And girls sometimes dyed their hair with lighter streaks or pale blond or lighter shades of brown. Hair relaxing was not unknown. Weird skin lightening concoctions were not unknown. Dating a whiter guy/blond guy was sometimes, disgracefully, referred to as "improving the race." This, granted, was my perception/experience. Not being light or blond, I couldn't say what it would have been. Rico is the opposite side...the "green monkey" amongst the brown. So it's a different perspective.

Strong writing. Strong voice. Difficulties of growing up. The outsider. New places. For the YA reader who can take a dose of the less than ideal realities.
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5つ星のうち 5.0 Courtesy of Teens Read Too 2008/9/18
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How many teens have wished they could escape the darkness of their lives and live in a land of milk and honey? Rico Fuentes does just that in DARK DUDE by Oscar Hijuelos.

Rico is one-hundred-percent Cuban, yet he struggles daily to identify with his Cuban peers. His mom and little sister have brunette hair and cinnamon colored skin. His dad has both dark wavy hair and dark eyes. But Rico, with hazel eyes and fair skin with freckles, looks white. In Harlem, that pretty much guarantees daily harassment.

When Rico has to change to a public school, he is exposed to drugs, crime, and violence like never before. Early in the school year, a student is shot and Rico watches in shock as his new classmates celebrate a day off. Soon Rico's skipping school to avoid random beatings. When his pops finds out, he warns Rico that he'll be spending the summer with his military uncle in Florida.

It's not until his friend Jimmy is rushed to the hospital due to a drug-related accident that Rico realizes he has only one way out. He must find a way to Wisconsin to stay with his friend, Gilberto, on his farm. When Jimmy is released, Rico talks him into going to Wisconsin with him. After a road trip to remember on the way to the farm, they wonder what they've gotten themselves into when Gilberto immediately puts them to work painting the outside of the dilapidated farmhouse in exchange for their room and board.

Rico finds farm life in Wisconsin to be much slower than in Harlem. He spends a lot of time re-reading his favorite author, Mark Twain. Then he finds himself attracted to a girl whose father has a drinking problem. He'd never realized that his own experiences with an alcoholic dad could be helpful to someone else. As the months go by, Rico begins to look at himself, and those around him, differently. More importantly, he begins to accept himself.

DARK DUDE is a gritty read. The projects, the bars, and the backstreets of Harlem become real to the reader as Mr. Hijuelos drops you into each scene, and he creates a character with so much promise, but with so much working against him, that we cannot stop at each chapter break. Instead we read on, praying that nothing bad will happen to Rico, and when it does, we find ourselves urging Rico on, to find the best in himself, to reach for those dreams we know he wants. This is a realistic yet inspiring read for anyone who wants to find a way to make a different choice, to find the person they really want to be.

Reviewed by: Cana Rensberger
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5つ星のうち 5.0 A Cuban Latino Perspective 2008/9/28
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This is a charming book written from the Cuban-Latino perspective in the language of its leading character, Rico Fuentes. Although it is classified for youth, I think everyone will appreciate it. My main exposure to Latinos are the Mexican, central and south American cultures. I knew little of the Cuban Latino culture before I read this book. Rico is a very sympathetic character. Fifteen years old, intelligent, but growing up under desperate circumstances in ethnic Harlem. A "dark dude", meaning he's light-skinned, blond, with hazel eyes, he doesn't fit in with his Cuban family nor with his Puerto Rican and black neighbors. I found myself rooting for Rico and every other young person trying to overcome difficult circumstances, who has a dream but no apparent way out. Ricco is determined. He travels to the heart of "Wonderbread county" in Wisconsin, to stay with his friend Gilberto, who also escaped Harlem. Culture shock. This story is about a journey, a modern-day Huckleberry Finn novel. It is easy to see why Oscar Hijuelos is a Pulitizer Prize winner. He spares the reader nothing, however, his message is hope. I highly recommend this book for adults and teens.
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5つ星のうち 3.0 Dark Dude is readable but not GREAT literature. 2009/2/3
By Tiffany - (
Dark Dude starts out well, with its colloquial language and gritty portrayal of the New York streets. The plot gets somewhat silly as the character moves to a more rural setting. The ending is a let-down because the character did not seem to experience any personal growth or change.
5つ星のうち 4.0 Reviw 2013/10/4
By Elva Castillo - (
I enjoyed reading about his experience and thoughts living in such a underdeveloped area, and being Latina I understand the parents and their form of thinking. I'm so glad that he overcame all his obstacles to achieve his goals and rise above where he had been I live in Wisconsin and grew up here when there were very few Latinos and the discrimination I faced, not by my neighbors who were great, but in the school system.
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