Tom Galvin's Reviews > El Monstruo: Dread and Redemption in Mexico City

El Monstruo by John Ross
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Jul 28, 12

Read from May 06 to July 28, 2012

This is as sprawling a book as the city this great writer describes. Prepare to get lost in the murky and complicated world of Mexican affairs from the beginnings of Mexico City in 1325 to the modern mess of corruption, poverty and crime. I had reasons other than pleasure for reading this and so took more time than normal, a neccessity given the names, parties, dates and events that are littered throughout every page. This is a passionate, almost epic work and the diligence shown by the author in his research becomes a burden for the reader, who really needs a better steer when it comes to chronology and more than just namedropping of the dramatis persona. Ross just packs it all in, rolls out fascinating stories with the turn of every page. It was worth the effort.

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