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  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Gival Press (1 Sept. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1928589502
  • ISBN-13: 978-1928589501
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.4 x 22.9 cm

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Couldn't put the book down 6 Nov. 2010
By B. PHAM - Published on
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I loved this book! It's rare to find a story where the central figure is a woman over 50 and David Winner captured in Margaret's character so many deep qualities that I identified with, really drawing you in with the insightful storytelling. The book begins with a fabulous scene that would make most women squirm a bit - Margaret, a recent divorcee after a long marriage, is at a meat packing district bar alone where everyone there is younger, trying NOT to act her age. Then out of nowhere arrives this handsome young dark stranger, Dante, buying her drinks and going home with her. Of course this dream must end and it quickly becomes clear to Margaret, as many women have learned, that there's a reason why the guy was single. Then her ex-husband reappears into her life wanting back in but should she fall back to the same old problematic morass? How Margaret manages to bring these situations to an acceptable conclusion is a wicked funny, emotional, and heartfelt story with an ending that's real and makes complete sense - but only once you've travelled the undulating road of these characters' lives.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Totally Entertaining, Baffling, Provocative and Laugh-Out-Loud Funny! 21 Oct. 2010
By Mathew Lebowitz - Published on
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Cannibal of Guadalajara is a fantastic combination of light-touch, humor, psychological complexity, and fabulous characters caught in outrageous bizarre situations that somehow make perfect sense. It's a spicy, wicked concoction, entertaining and bewildering, a high-wire act and childish romp, and David Winner makes it all look effortless with his fluid, flexible prose. The only bad thing about the book is that it's completely unique so it's difficult to draw comparisons. Playful like Calvino (the playful Calvino), exotic, rich and layered like Bolaño, but accessible and powered by the humorous, straightforward character-driven narrative of John Irving or Scott Fitzgerald. Bottom line: difficult to describe, impossible to do justice to. Check it out for yourself.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Don't Miss This One 4 Nov. 2010
By Peter J. Gallagher - Published on
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This is a fantastic book -- smart, funny, modern. It is fast paced and witty enough to succeed simply as a fun read. But it was more than that to me. I think that is because the book revolves around people who are at once freaks from another planet and just like you and me. They are oddball enough to be extremely entertaining, yet you see yourself in them. That might be painful in the hands of another author, but David Winner has a light touch. He leaves you uplifted by the most dowdy of characters and feeling that life is filled with unexpected possibilities --especially for those who remember it is a wonderful thing to sometimes laugh at yourself.

Keep your eye on this author -- he is original and insightful and tells a great story.
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Impossible to describe! 16 Jan. 2011
By yoga girl - Published on
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As other reviewers have noted, David Winner's novel is truly original. Nearly impossible to put down, the novel takes readers through a whirlwind tour of locations both near and far, geographic and emotional. It's rare that one finds a work in which one finds oneself simultaneously immersed completely in the lives of the characters AND self-consciously surprised by the reactions they elicit. And yet as delightfully eclectic as the characters and their adventures are, nothing really ever seems so far from home. I just hope the inevitable movie version doesn't transform this into a painful farce.
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Great Novel!! A Total Original! 22 Oct. 2010
By Ruth Wyatt - Published on
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It is rare that I come across a book these days that feels totally original while still being completely engaging. The Cannibal of Guadalajara is just such a book. The protagonist is as unlikely a "heroine" as you will find, but completely compelling a character. The story is funny, poignant and beautifully written (and full of surprises). I simply could not put the book down. A must read!
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