Archive for the ‘Mexico’ Category

MEXICO CITY NOIR edited by Paco Ignacio Taibo II

As a fan of author Paco Ignacio Taibo II, the founder of the Mexican neodetective story, I knew I had to read Mexico City Noir released 2/10 by Akashic books. I am addicted to Taibo’s series detective novels which feature the philosophical one-eyed detective Hector Belascoaran Shayne. Hector’s favoured modus operandi is to snoop around and to be a big enough pain that someone somewhere breaks ranks and rattles loose with a clue or two. It’s a method that gets Taibo into a great deal of trouble (hence the one-eye), and keeps him poor, but he never loses his sense of humour. Anyway, add me to the legion of Taibo’s fans who’d read this writer’s shopping list if he bothered to write it on a piece of toilet paper.

March 11, 2010 · Judi Clark · No Comments
Tags: ,  · Posted in: Mexico, Mystery/Suspense, Noir, Short Stories

IN THE COURTS OF THE SUN by Brian D’Amato

The world-building in this speculative fiction novel set on Earth is staggering. Over half the book takes place in Guatemala and Central Mexico at the height of the Mayan empire. The detail D’Amato puts into the pageantry, customs, sights, sounds, smells and tastes truly transport the reader to a seemingly alien world. The story is told by a Mayan descendent with his share of neuroses, gifts and curses. The first person, conversational narration was fresh and often humorous.

December 11, 2009 · Judi Clark · No Comments
Tags: , ,  · Posted in: Facing History, Latin America, Latin American/Caribbean, Mexico, Scifi, Speculative (Beyond Reality)

THE LACUNA by Barbara Kingsolver

In Barbara Kingsolver’s THE LACUNA, Harrison Shepherd’s odyssey through three tumultuous decades of the 20th century begins in a lonely boyhood between two worlds – America and Mexico. It continues through the Depression and World War II, and culminates in the ugly, surreal hysteria of the Red Scare.

Along the way Shepherd mixes plaster for the great Mexican muralist Diego Rivera, becomes a confidant of his colorful wife, the artist Frida Kahlo, serves as secretary to the exiled Bolshevik, Leon Trotsky, and becomes a celebrity in his own right. Readers will bond with his kind soul, his boundless curiosity, his youthful exuberance and his self-deprecating wit as he experiences the best and worst his times have to offer.

December 10, 2009 · Judi Clark · No Comments
Tags: , , ,  · Posted in: Latin American/Caribbean, Literary, Mexico, Orange Prize, Unique Narrative

TROUBLE by Kate Christensen

Josie is in trouble, much more trouble than she’d ever imagined. She’s in the kind of trouble that eats you up from the inside out, not the kind where you worry about being harmed by outsiders. She is also feeling a sense of sexual freedom and wanting to explore these feelings. This book is best read in a cool place with the air conditioning on – no tight bodices and no long sleeves!

September 5, 2009 · Judi Clark · No Comments
Tags: , ,  · Posted in: Contemporary, Literary, Mexico, Reading Guide, y Award Winning Author

2666 by Roberto Bolano

I was coming to Maine for the summer and wanted to get lost in a big thick weighty book, a book that would be wasted in the city where it would be not so much attacked as toyed with. How can you read a 900 page book but to attack it? You can’t nibble at it. You have to take blocks of time and sit down in a quiet place and rest the tome on your lap and go after it, like a loon after a harbor sardine. I had wanted to read 2666 since it came out in English last year (from the Spanish), published posthumously a year after Bolaño’s death. Now was the time.

July 3, 2009 · Judi Clark · 2 Comments
Tags: , , , ,  · Posted in: 2009 Favorites, Latin American/Caribbean, Literary, Mexico, Mystery/Suspense, Translated, World Lit

EMPIRE OF HUMILIATION by James Jens Brusseau

As a Latin American woman I read EMPIRE OF HUMILIATION hoping for a novel that I could relate to, and I wasn’t disappointed. I loved the descriptions of Mexico DF which made me feel like I was back there again. I mean the description of dinner plates at outdoor restaurants getting so coated by the oily air pollution that you can write on them with your finger, that’s exactly how terrible it is.

May 14, 2009 · Judi Clark · One Comment
Tags: , , , ,  · Posted in: 2009 Favorites, Debut Novel, Facing History, Latin American/Caribbean, Mexico, Unique Narrative, World Lit