: Anna in the Tropics (TCG Edition) (): Nilo Cruz: Books. This page guide for “Anna In The Tropics” by Nilo Cruz includes detailed chapter summaries and analysis covering 2 chapters, as well as several more. The Anna in the Tropics Community Note includes chapter-by-chapter summary and analysis, character list, theme list, historical context, author by Nilo Cruz.

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Stubbs, Jean, Tobacco on the Periphery: Anna in the Tropics was written while Cruz was playwright-in-residence at the New Theatre in Coral Gables, Florida, which first staged a production of the play in The trlpics fade, leaving what happens next to speculation. In re-creating an atmosphere of strife, conflict, and division within the factory, Cruz, borrowing a page, figuratively speaking, from Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, uses the relationship of Anna, her husband, and Vronsky as a model for developing character relationships within Anna in the Tropics.

He creates scenes filled with drama and suspense. What is more impressive is that he does it so elegantly, with so little space dedicated to quoting actual passages. She can learn to love her husband in a different manner than before.

At night a fever would overtake her, and she would run to the sea naked to meet her dead lover. Views Read Edit View history.

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The previous lector succeeded Teodoro as lector upon the latter’s death. We are seeing a small part of the Cuban-American society of Tampa during the time close to the Crhz Depression. Conchita is Ofelia and Santiago’s oldest daughter. Not only is the context a dangerous one, but so too the novel takes advantage of the quirkiness of the fact that the time this is set in was a time when people were hired to read books aloud to the workers.


This article reads like a press release or a news article or is largely based on routine coverage or sensationalism. For this reason he chooses to read Anna Karenina because “Tolstoy understands humanity like no other writer does.

His wife Ofelia and daughters Conchita and Marela have other ideas; they have paid for ttopics passage of new lector Juan Julian Rios from Havana to boost the morale of the factory workers.

I know I only gave the play three stars, but this certainly is not because I didn’t care for the story.

Anna in the Tropics is his first award winning play, and its combination of time, story, and characters make it deserving of the Pulitzer. To view it, click here. Marela dreams of snow and the images are so vivid that she wants to borrow a fur coat for when she travels to Russia in her imagination.

As Juan Julian introduces himself to the women, Marela, suffering from nervousness, wets herself. Anna in the Tropics was widely regarded as a “long shot” for the Pulitzer Prize for Dramamainly because it had not been seen in New York City. Quick easy read but lacked depth and I was disappointed in the ending. This sets off a chain of events that forces the characters to re-examine their lives and their outlooks on the world. I think I’m still in shock.

At first Juan Julian believes that she has had too much to drink, but then he realizes that Marela is truly happy. But the story just lies th This play has an interesting setting and a lot of beautiful language, but Cruz does not successfully use these to create a memorable piece. I had expected a conflict between the married couple and Juan Julian to ensue, however, the story ends in a way that I had not imagined.

Anna in the Tropics – Nilo Cruz

Conchita continues to view the beginnings of their relationship romantically, but Palomo insists that he married her because of an unnamed obligation he owed to her father. If she cannot find a canary, then he suggests that she listen to him sing while he’s in the shower. She tells Juan Julian to report any trouble to her husband. We deserve all that life offers us, and life is made of little moments. Palomo wants to know more about his wife’s sex life, and she complies by providing him with salacious details that he seems to enjoy vicariously.


Clive Barnes, writing for the New York Post, questions whether Anna in the Tropics should have won the Pulitzer Prize, observing that “[t]here have been worse winners—and better ones.

I perfectly understand why it has some lower ratings. In this comical scene at the family house, Ofelia and Santiago, who are not on speaking terms, conduct a conversation by using their daughter Marela as an intermediary. This page was last edited on 26 Octoberat Glad I reread this. I think “generic” is the word I’m looking for here. In a cigar factory owned nllo the Patriarch of the family, Santiago, Juan Julian is hired to read to the family during their long days of rolling cigars by hand.

Literature’s power is tangible when Cruz’ characters, clinging to no teopics than a few remembered lines here and there, are able to draw the pain, romance, and soul of the classic novel out into teh own world and their own lives.

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