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This narrative was translated from a trilogy of scripts that were adapted for the screen and/or the stage. The original scripts are musicals, so there is an element of original music in the storyline that is portrayed in the way my predecessors and writing inspirations have done before. In many ways, I owe this to J.R.R Tolkien, who is by far, one of my greatest inspirations. Even though our genres are vastly different, the way Tolkien included songs and poems in his prose inspired me to do the same. So, most of the original lyrics and poetry of the scripts are included in this book, allowing the reader to “imagine” the musical accompaniment.
This novel is peppered with Spanish, in the way Chicanos and Latinos raised in this country speak. But I wrote the book in a way that the Spanish is translated in the character’s dialogue itself, or I’ll use context to offer clues as to the meaning of certain phrases. So, even if you know nothing of Spanish, you shouldn’t have a hard time understanding the prose. But most of us Latinos that were raised in the United States speak a form of “Spanglish” and I had to portray that language to make the dialogue authentic. There is also this magnificent search engine called “Google” – so if you are at a loss with a phrase, “Google it carnales!”
I also wanted to mention, even though this is a work of fiction, most of what you are about to read is based on actual events, both learned through historical records and through interviews where I gained personal accounts. So, the actions perpetrated by the police and servicemen stationed in East Los Angeles during WWII, and many other racist accounts, are based on real events. I urge you to look into the history of the Zoot Suit Riots and the Sleepy Lagoon murder trial, as it was the straw that broke the camel’s back in this wartime saga.
I hope by bringing these terrible accounts into light, the coveted racism of the past, I can assist the communities of Latinos, African-Americans, Caucasians and good, honest and righteous people of this world, to come together to fight racism, oppression, and to stamp out supremacy in all forms. We are all one people. We need to come together more than ever, or we are doomed to repeat the atrocities of the past!
In conclusion, at the time that I wrote this novel and its coinciding trilogy of scripts, the law banning zoot suits still stands. It serves as an insult to the memory of the Chicanos, Blacks and minorities of East Los Angeles that were affected by the oppression that led to the Zoot Suit Riots. We hope this novel/series will bring enough light to the matter, to finally have the law repealed. Thank you!
This epic tale already placed within Amazon Book’s “Top 50 New Releases” and is quickly rising towards the rank of a bestseller! The book has been reviewed by readers in their 20’s, to readers in their 90’s! All unanimously gave the book raving praise. It has maintained a five-star rating on Amazon and on Facebook. We hope you take a chance to preview the Ebook on Amazon.
"Hoodlums" by no means, period. The Zoot Suit Riots of '43 exemplified Heroism over criminality. This book takes us through the subservient times of racism in East Los Angeles and tells the tale of one man who fought relentlessly against the system. The Rebirth of Kool is more than an entertaining novel, it's educational, and it brings hope for humanity."
"Such an amazing story so fitting for things happening right now in our lifetime. If you are looking for a book full of diversity, challenges, and finding a second chance at a better life despite circumstance....pick up and read today."
"This is one of the best books i ever read!! The characters in the book are well developed and the story is full of historical truth!! The author Otto does an incredible job writing this story and grabs the reader with his poetic style!"
"Insightful look into a forgotten era and piece of history. Amazing book and great, up and coming author!"
We want to highlight coveted events in history in a hyper-artistic fashion and provide characters with traits based on love, acceptance, and doing the right thing. Our short film, "Enter the Zoot Suit Riot" was featured in the 2018 Cannes Short Film Corner. This short film is a great showcase of our ideas for a feature film series. Our goal is to create a trilogy based on the novel, with "Enter the Zoot Suit Riot" being the first episode.
Filmed in Brevard, NC, this film features the author O. Vazquez playing the character Kool, local talent, venues and a car club, out of town entertainers and so much more. We thank everyone who was a part of this production. We hope you enjoy an all original, one of kind short film, "Enter the Zoot Suit Riot."