Gabriel Valdivia Valdivia itibaren Lugovoy, Moskovskaya oblast', Rusya, 141834
As with all Fuentes novels, this one is very complex and displays his vast knowledge of virtually all things. It's also a rather sad portrait of Mexico City and its politics and culture in the late twentieth century. I think you have to know more about D.F. than I do to really appreciate the novel, but I'm a fan and student of Fuentes, so I enjoyed it.
Ok so I didn't really like his book and contemplated putting it down several times. It wasn't until part 4 that I started to enjoy he book . Overall I give it 3.5 stars. I know the writing style is supposed to reflect the characters and "not so smart" they are, but I couldn't get used to it. I think the author spent too much time setting up their adventures and hang out time that I was really bored. The ending was different from any other dystopian novel... I'll give it that.
McCarthy's tendency toward the florid beautifully counterpoints the sparse and stylistically-restrained bleakness of his created dystopia. Questions don't get answered, but you're riveted throughout.
I love this author.