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- Listening Length: 3 hours and 11 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 8 Dec. 2010
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004FO3ZYA
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Though many love this novella, it does not quite work well enough for me because the personalities of the people are cursory, almost cliched. This is no doubt deliberate, but it gives a flatness to the story: I did not care strongly what happened to Kino and Juana, because their responses and emotions were so formulaic.
A minor quibble is that the narrative voice occasionally sounds intrusive, breaking the spell of the tale (eg commenting on page 17 that the native remedy was 'probably better than [what] the doctor could have done').
What worked well was the sense of doom and the pathos of Kino and Juana's situation. Also, the physical details of their stark lives were deftly illuminated by brief, powerful descriptions of the natural scenery.
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