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Christ Versus Arizona by Camilo José Cela
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Aug 26, 2014

it was amazing
bookshelves: novels, dalkey-archive, southern-europe
Read from January 20 to 24, 2011

My introduction to Tombstone, Arizona and wildwest folklore starts and ends with Johnny Cash Sings the Ballads of the True West. Oh . . . and now this novel.

Narrated by Wendell Espana (or Wendell Liverpool Espana or Span or Aspen) in one meandering sentence, the novel is a barbed and horrific account of a senseless and bloodthirsty hellhole where violence and mayhem rules the roost. The sexual account of prostitutes is notably predominant (and drives the novel in its own depraved way) among the stories of murder and lunacy.

Needs to be read to be believed.

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Tuck ye hah hah hah, i'm glad you liked it. i thought you might. though like may not be the word


message 2: by MJ (new) - rated it 5 stars

MJ Nicholls Ha. Mostly I just gaped at the page in horror. Jasmine informed me Cela fought for Franco in his early life. Whatta guy.


message 3: by Lynne (new) - added it

Lynne King This sounds a wonderful read MJ! Will buy!


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