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Saint Death

So, Saint Death. Where do I begin? Maybe with the fact that books don't usually make me cry coupled with the fact that this one had me doing so for a good half an hour. Maybe with the ingenious use of Santa Muerte's, or Saint Death's, omnipresence and how it influences every character in the book in one way or another. Perhaps with the subtle and three dimensional characters presented right from the get go. Perhaps by how much more the first chapter means when you think about it at the end of the book. Wherever I begin, I have nothing but unbridled love for this book. It tells the story of three childhood friends, torn apart by the society they learnt to thrive in. It tells the story of blind hope and untold loss. It tells the story of drug gangs and those ruined by them. But most of all, it tells the story of Arturo. This melancholy take on the slums of Mexico was short enough to read over a weekend, but long enough to keep me thinking for weeks after it was over. I would recommend this book to literally anyone and everyone.

Posted on: 20th May 2018 at 08:15 pm

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