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The Old Gringo by Carlos Fuentes
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This is a poetically written little book, rich in describing the unspoken protagonist: Mexico. To be honest, I am not sure if the backstory (that it is an imagining of the last days of Ambrose Bierce) helped or hindered my reading of it. This is a character study told sparsely. It is anything but linear in its telling, and that, coupled with ambiguities in events makes it a more difficult read than you might expect. I really felt and cared more deeply about Mexico and her culture and native people than about the main characters, and perhaps that was really the author's intent. My lack of interest in the old man and the others made me feel a bit let-down.

If I could have awarded a half-star I would have added that to my rating. I might be more engaged by one of Fuentes' other works, and this does make me want to try another of his books.
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