novel, Mexico, tr Peter G Earle
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"Do you know what it is to remain at the edge of yourself, just looking at yourself?" This is nineteen year-old Luis Alfonso Fernandez' question to himself as he visits his father's grave on the fourth anniversary of his death. Luis, his father's namesake, the pampered son of the fast-drinking, gambling man who killed himself while playing with a gun, knows he is - or is he? - his father. "We've all come to see us," he mumbles as he reads his own name on the headstone and watches his mother and twin sisters, "thirteen and exasperatingly alike," do the work of maintaining the grave. Now the "man-of-the-house," he simultaneously mourns and scorns his former place in the family as his mother's son. Through rambling memories, dialogue, and description, Luis Alfonso relives his life with his father, and contemplates the slow transfer of his father's life to his own: the change in his relationship with his mother, the job with the dirty politicians, and, the mistress, Elena, and his "ineffable, delicious horror of sharing her." Written in spare and fluidly descriptive prose, this young man's private graveside monologue provides a unique and poetic critique of contemporary Mexican society. --Review by Jesse Larsen
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Book Description Latin Amer Literary Review Pr, 1989. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0935480404