Makina arranges to be smuggled from Mexico into the US to search for her brother. A book group choice. A very short novella by a Mexican author, crowd-funded, with a breathless collection of reverential quotes on the back and opening pages, and a pile of five-star Amazon reviews.
I’ll give it two stars. The first paragraph was arresting – a sinkhole opens up in front of Makina – but after that my eye mostly skimmed and I failed to care. The subject matter felt self-consciously worthy, and the writing (and its translation from the Spanish) pretentiously literary. Meaning was quite often hard to decipher, and I didn’t linger to puzzle over it. Not counting blank pages it was only 81. Had it been any longer, I would have given up on it quite early.
Experimental literary fiction not really my thing. The emperor looked naked to me.
Signs Preceding the End of the World Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
©2015 Lisa Dillman (P)2020 Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
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|Listening Length||2 hours and 18 minutes|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||26 March 2020|
|Publisher||Hodder & Stoughton|
|Best Sellers Rank||
124,323 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
410 in Hispanic-American Literature
512 in United States Literature
4,876 in Literary Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
4.4 out of 5
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self-consciously worthy, pretentiously literaryReviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 March 2021
Literary perfectionReviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 March 2018
Even in translation, this book's language is beautiful. It's a vivid, thoughtful novella with a confident female protagonist, and provides an impressively deep insight into Mexican culture and life within a short story.
Excellent but too shortReviewed in the United Kingdom on 4 January 2017
Excellent novel which i really enjoyed with my main criticism being the shortness of the story - I wanted more. Elements of mysticism juxtaposed with harsh realism.
OkayReviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 October 2016
This was okay but I just found it quite forgettable. My problem really.