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The Last Summer of the Death Warriors by Francisco X. Stork
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Jan 22, 11

really liked it
bookshelves: contemporary-fiction, young-adult, my-reviews
Read from January 19 to 22, 2011

When I saw that the author of the wonderful Marcelo In The Real World had done a modernization of Don Quixote and that the Don Quixote character is a teen with cancer, I said "Mind blowing!" This is a metamorphosis of Don Quixote. The POV character Pancho Sanchez is a fully realized character with a dark history and inner conflicts unlike the stereotypical Sancho Panza. I very much appreciated this and his relationship with DQ. I didn't think Marisol, the Dulcinea character, worked for me. She lacked the dramatic power and intensity of Dulcinea in Man of La Mancha, the version of Don Quixote that I treasure. She doesn't make the strong statement about the condition of women that Dulcinea makes and seems to be defined in terms of her relationships with DQ and Pancho. This disappointed me, and it's the reason why I didn't give the book 5 stars.

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