Carlos Dio Garc Dio Garc itibaren Tecomate, Ver., Meksika
I initally got sucked into the story, but then the book couldn't hold its own. I kept waiting for the characters to be developed further, only to be disapointed: they are very much flat, cardboard characters. The plot of the story is also rather disjointed, skipping from the present to various moments around the 7th year of the narrator's childhood without clear connections, and is never resolved into a cohesive whole. The language -- an aspect of the novel I initally found so impressive and wonderful -- is annoying, an unnecessarily flowery display of linguistic acrobatics that builds up to an unbearable pretention 150 pages in. Don't bother with this one.