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Angela , Wyedean 2018 Words of Wisdom

Saint Death

This is an enormously powerfully told story which cannot fail to move the reader.It is set on the US/Mexican border and we enter the shady world of drug barons, smuggling,free trade, migrants etc. We are drawn into the poignant, tragic tale of Arturo and Faustino the two main characters and through their story we are given an insight into this dangerous and crime ridden community. It is nicely written from Arturo's point of view and through him we are allowed to reflect on political issues and good and evil in the world. The bridge is an important metaphor - Arturo is walking over a bridge between boyhood and manhood -"and in Juarez we know how important bridges are". This shows intelligent writing, as does the structure of the book. The author plays with language between chapters (eg: "What have we done" written over and over again on P47)- this gives the effect of a Greek chorus, giving comment on the action of the book. Another striking aspect is the omnipresent Saint death figure which is repeatedly described and referred to, again giving a broader perspective. We come to a page turning climax, and despite the desolation and tragedy we feel Arturo has gained clarity learned something important. A gripping, thrilling and poignant tale wonderfully narrated!

Posted on: 16th April 2018 at 10:54 am

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