By Fernando Royuela
"The burlesque echoes the best Spanish classics, from Quevedo to Camilo José Cela."—M. García Posada, El País
A undesirable finish is the tale of Goyito, a dwarf on the finish of his existence, who tells us, in a sour and sarcastic method, the depressing truth of his lonely youth, his macabre studies as a circus clown, and his liaisons dangereuses in Madrid's underworld. Mischief, wish, loss of life, ambition, revenge—the lifetime of a rascal advised in exuberant, exhilarating language. Winner of the Premio Ojo Crítico.
Fernando Royuela is a Spanish legal professional and fiction author who lives in Madrid, Spain.
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Little Boy: No, you have to climb them. Tillie: (At restaurant) Mom, I can’t eat this hamburger. It tastes awful! Mother: Do you want me to call the waiter? Tillie: No, I don’t think he’ll be able to eat it, either. 29 Father: Son, when you grow up I want you to be a gentleman. Son: But I don’t want to be a gentleman. I want to be just like you! Delivery Man: Young man, is your mother home? Young Man: Do you think I’d be pulling these weeds if she wasn’t? Q: Why are baby girls dressed in pink and baby boys dressed in blue?
Mother: Joey, why did I catch you with your hand in the cookie jar? Joey: Because I didn’t hear you coming! Ellie: When my mother’s down in the dumps she always gets a new dress. Nellie: I thought that’s where she got them. Q: Why did the little boy’s mother make him go to his bed? A: Because the bed couldn’t come to him! 31 Text copyright © 2004 by Carolrhoda Books, Inc. Illustrations copyright © 2004 by Brian Gable All rights reserved. International copyright secured. , except for the inclusion of brief quotations in an acknowledged review.
Q: Why are baby girls dressed in pink and baby boys dressed in blue? A: Because they can’t dress themselves. 30 Mother: Mickey, I can’t hear you saying your prayers. Mickey: That’s because I’m not talking to you. Mother: You can’t leave this house until you finish your alphabet soup. Daughter: Honest, Mom, I can’t eat another word. Mother: Joey, why did I catch you with your hand in the cookie jar? Joey: Because I didn’t hear you coming! Ellie: When my mother’s down in the dumps she always gets a new dress.