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Destiny and Desire by Carlos Fuentes
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Feb 08, 11

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Destiny and Desire is a postmodern telling of a classic tale of friendship and betrayal between two men set in modern Mexico City. Critics agreed that Fuentes is impressive in his mastery not only of Mexican politics and history but also in his knowledge of philosophy and literary devices. JosuŽ and Jeric— are incarnations of Castor and Pollux, or perhaps Cain and Abel, and the novel discusses everything from St. Augustine to Justin Timberlake. Fuentes' digressions constitute a fine display of his breadth of knowledge and skill, but in their fantastical, symbolic richness, they both add and detract from his work. "A certain coherence is lost in the collision of literary effects," notes the Wall Street Journal. Despite its excesses and length, Destiny and Desire left critics, in the end, quite awed. This is an excerpt from a review published in Bookmarks magazine.
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