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the inevitability of death
on 22 September 2013
This is a story about inevitability.
A story which through the eyes of the narrator takes us into the barrios of Medellin, places where it is very unwise to venture without heavyweight protection. The narrator is the boy, a 12 year-old, short of stature but with a genuinely heavyweight, if slightly older, very good friend who looks out for him all the time.
By a quirk of happenstance the two boys unintentionally come to the aid of their local corner shopkeeper. This results in the older boy being given a gun to look after.
Of course, from this point, their lives are changed forever. To survive in the barrios you do what you have to do. Bodies abound, drug masters run the community with only one rule: defy me and you're dead. In these barrios youngsters are used as guns for hire, since, if caught, they are too young to prosecute.
So, we can see where all this will lead. The author paints a very believable picture of the grim lives which barely exist on what little money can be eked out, unless and until, they take the money for payment for pulling a trigger.
It's a story which has an inevitable ending. Indeed, pretty much everything surrounding the poor lives of the youngsters is inevitable. Where the author pulls a masterstroke is exactly how the inevitability pans out. I suspect very few readers will be prepared for the ending. The narrator tells it like it is.