4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Family Life in a Favela,
This review is from: Quesadillas (Paperback)
The characters and dialogue are really colourful - from the swearing father to the eating scenes in the family's illegal shack. It has a very earthy realism to it and the lifestyles are both sad and funny - with a pithy commentary on 1980s Mexican politics thrown in. I liked it for the views of living in a large and very poor family, and how a living wage was almost impossible to earn without resort to petty criminal activity.
There are some well crafted characters - eg Aristotle who is the elder brother from hell, the desperately seeking middle class status mother, the crafty Poles next door living in a mansion (a neat role reversal).
The book also had good pace and a plot that moved along; however, I did not like the ending and almost gave the review three stars as it really brought the curtains down with a crash - just too ridiculous and far fetched for my liking - OK, I know it was meant to be funny but not a meaningful way to end.