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The Good Cripple

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A young man, Juan Luis Luna, is kidnapped in Guatemala City and held at the bottom of a rusty, empty underground fuel tank in an abandoned gas station. The kidnappers demand a ransom; his rich father does not reply. The kidnappers threaten to cut off his son's foot and still hear nothing. They then slice off one of Juan Luis's toes and send it to his father, who still refu ...more
Paperback, 122 pages
Published May 17th 2004 by New Directions (first published 1996)
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jeremy
Sep 03, 2011 jeremy rated it liked it
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guatemalan writer rodrigo rey rosa has garnered quite a bit of acclaim for his work, most notably for his short stories. the good cripple (el cojo bueno), one of only a few of rey rosa's books translated into english, is a brief but lively affair. set mostly in the cities of guatemala city and tangier, the good cripple is the tale of a violent kidnapping and its lingering repercussions on perpetrator and victim alike. while the story builds with quite a bit of promise, it seems to stumble somewh ...more
Blair
Aug 25, 2014 Blair rated it it was amazing
This novella is the first work that I've read by the Guatemalan author Rodrigo Rey Rosa and I was very impressed. It's a slim tale of a kidnapping gone wrong, but Rey Rosa packs in a lot through shifting viewpoints and time frames, concentrating mostly on the aftermath years later. Translator Esther Allen leaves a lot of short Spanish phrases and words in, which is quite effective for conveying the atmosphere.
Mark
Aug 06, 2008 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
i'd heard a lot about this writer and i wasnt dissapointed. this tells the story of a man who loses a foot in a kidnapping in Guatemala City and then many years later struggles with how to deal with this violent episode of his past. although its mainly a personal story (there are many parallels between the protagonist's and the author's biographies) one feels the weight of the legacy of violence that has characterized central american history for so many years.
Brandon O'Neill
Sep 17, 2010 Brandon O'Neill rated it liked it
In September (for Guatemala's independence), I always think about reading a Guatemalan author. I'm doing it this year. I've read some Francisco Goldman, so this year I'm turning to Rodrigo Rey Rosa. Looks to be a gristly tale...
It was. Stark and violent. How can writing about kidnapping, maiming, and it's aftermath not be?
Osvaldo Reyes
Dec 07, 2014 Osvaldo Reyes rated it really liked it
Un excelente libro de un autor centroamericano (Guatemala). Una trama que promete desde la primera página. Para una reseña completa visiten: http://elsenderoentrelassombras.blogs...
Felipe
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Short and sweet. The last half seemed rushed, but not much. Would I recommend? Yes, it's entertaining and short enough to warrant the time.
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I enjoyed this. It's a fast read that provides several unexpected twists for what you think is going to be a classic revenge story. You're left with uneasy questions and no reassuring conclusions.
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Rey Rosa has based many of his writings and stories on legends and myths that are indigenous to Latin American as well as North Africa.
Along with his longer writings, he has also written a number of short stories that have been printed in college-level text books.
Because of his works in literature and film, Rosa won Guatemala's National Prize in Literature named after Miguel Asturias who won the N
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