The subject is important and the differences in perspectives between residents and illegal immgrants is key, but all main characters are overdone and charactures. There is enough reality for me to wish the author had written the same story, but with more humanity and sensitiviity.
People don't write books like this anymore and people rarely read books of this caliber any more. This is hands down a classic. Writing is top notch. Story compelling. The events and emotions poignant. The reading of it is great too. One of the best I've heard on audio.
Great, deep themes. Wonderful characters. Emotional, despairing, frustrating. Like not being able to look away from a train wreck. Highly recommend!
This book blew me away. I am impressed that the writer could pen both sides- the yuppie white folks living in their suburban fortresses, and the down-and-out mexicans living in the woods, with such authenticity. Narration was great.
I listened to this book last spring and it still haunts me. It was just one preposterous thing after another, intertwined with a story that needs to be told in some way, but I don't feel this was it. Having grown in up East Los Angeles and having been around Mexican immigrants all of my life, I have never seen one of them wearing a serape or huaraches, which I felt was a bit trite in this story. Also I took issue with the reader using Spanish words and not pronouncing them correctly (such as "guero").
I appreciate that the author was trying to tell a story from all viewpoints, but in the end, I was left unhappy by this story.
I found this book to be quite tedious. The narrator did not appeal to me at all. But even worse, I kept waiting for the two story lines in this book to intersect. They finally do. Unfortunately I had to wait until the very last minute of the book for this to happen. I was disappointed.
I have enjoyed short stories by this author, but I didn't particularly enjoy this novel. There are no likeable characters and the story is quite unbelievable without feeling exactly like a fantasy. So many details that aim to make this sound authentic, but it didn't work for me.
This is a thought-provoking story about a poor Mexican man (Candido) and his wife, and a rich white Californian (Delaney) and his wife that contrasts their lives and struggles. What Delaney and his wife see as difficulties are in sharp contrast to the very real struggles faced by Candido and his wife, America.
I could not finish this book. I kept waiting for the story to start. I listened for several hours and felt like it was all background. So much negativity, depression and disaster. This is the first audiobook I had to quit listening to. I read the reviews before I bought it and I can't believe so many people loved it. Guess I'm just a murder, mystery kind of girl.
This was a really interesting one to read after the Hummingbird's Daughter ... the Mexican characters are highly engaging and well developed, but the white Americans are a bit stock. Regardless, this is book is absolutely worth reading just to get a better understanding of the horror and hopelessness of trying to climb out of abject poverty.... it's very sobering.