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Masterworks of Latin American Short Fiction by Cass Canfield Jr.
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Feb 22, 2008

it was ok
bookshelves: 2008, royally-sucked, poetry-and-stories
Recommended for: people I hate

What idiot gave this book five stars? The only story I loved was Garcia Marquez, and there were only two others that didn't bore me to tears. I picked this up because I have loved Latin American novels, and as a short story lover thought that I would like these even more.

How is it that a 400-page novel can feel like 100, and a 40-page story can feel like 1,000? I forced myself to get through these stories because I can not bring myself to hate anything Latin American (well okay, besides my ex-husband) and felt like I had to stumble across a gem at some point. Sadly, the day I read this book was a waste of my life. Especially horrible, almost bringing me to self-mutilate by poking my eyeballs out with a Bic pen, was My Uncle, The Jaguar. The brightest spot of it was the last sentence when a jaguar finally ate that fucker. I wished he had eaten him by page two.

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