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Gringos: A Novel

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Follows the fortunes of Jimmy Burns, an American expatriate living a simple life in Mexico until his peace is shattered by the arrival of a band of hippies seeking psychic happenings and a woman tracking UFO landing sites

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Charles Portis lives in Arkansas, where he was born and educated. He served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War, was the London bureau chief of the New York Herald-Tribune, and was a writer for The New Yorker.

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Portis's "gringos" are a motley bunch of archaeologists, UFO-ologists, New Age mystics, Mormons, teenage runaways, Mayan artifact smugglers, and assorted expatriates floating around the Yucatan peninsula like so much flotsam. But most of them are there for a reason. They are all trying to make some kind of contact: with the ancient Mayan civilization, an advanced extraterrestrial civilization, the supernatural, even their inner selves. Portis grandly spoofs some of these ridiculous quests, but realizes his gringos travel in a world that can turn deadly and may even demand blood sacrifice. It is a world where things rarely are what they seem and where connections are often made only by chance. Readers who delighted in the author's True Grit ( LJ 5/1/68) or The Dog of the South ( LJ 4/15/79) will not be disappointed.
- Charles Michaud, Turner Free Lib., Randolph, Mass.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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