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Tras el suicidio de su mejor amigo, Manuel se ve acosado por la sombra de la enfermedad mental de aquel, por su mundo de violencia y por la tortuosa relación sentimental con su novia, que fue inicialmente pareja de Gregorio, el amigo muerto; citas no cumplidas, extraños mensajes y la sombra de un policÍa que aparece como vengador de una infidelidad que lo llevó a la locura.

Escrita con la agilidad de un guión cinematográfico y con un fondo de personajes urbanos que se mueven en los márgenes de la delincuencia, esta novela confirma a su autor como uno de los mejores escritores mexicanos de las Últimas generaciones. Con tono existencial que da cuenta de los aspectos más crudos de la sociedad de nuestro tiempo, esta obra de suspenso trae personajes bien construidos, atractivos y que se ven inmersos en una atmósfera cercana tanto a la novela macabra como a la prosa de Franz Kafka.
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ISBN: 9781439177891
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Manuel and Gregorio have grown up together as best and only friends even getting the same buffalo tattoo carved into their left arms. So it's tough for Manuel to watch his friend descend ever deeper into madness until Gregorio's final act to end it all. Manuel is also feeling guilty because he's been sleeping with Tania, Gregorio's girlfriend, while his friend has been institutionalised. Can the two surviving members of the love triangle come to terms with their emotions and why can Gregorio affect them even after his death?This is a very gritty and raw book. Despite being less than 200 pages it is not a quick comfort read. There are no sympathetic characters for the reader to hang their hat on and there are a couple of quite unpleasant scenes of sex and violence to endure. Despite that, it did manage to hold my attention and I ultimately wanted to find out how it ended though not all the loose ends are tidied up.more
Maybe the translation was at fault, but I thought that this book was truly awful. The story was substantial enough ( a love triangle between two male friends and a girl) but it was impossible to empathise with the womanising protagonist and his insignificant teen-angsty concerns. Shame, because the author also wrote 21 grams and Amores Perros, both of which were fantastic films.more
It´s a great book for a summer or to spend time.more
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Manuel and Gregorio have grown up together as best and only friends even getting the same buffalo tattoo carved into their left arms. So it's tough for Manuel to watch his friend descend ever deeper into madness until Gregorio's final act to end it all. Manuel is also feeling guilty because he's been sleeping with Tania, Gregorio's girlfriend, while his friend has been institutionalised. Can the two surviving members of the love triangle come to terms with their emotions and why can Gregorio affect them even after his death?This is a very gritty and raw book. Despite being less than 200 pages it is not a quick comfort read. There are no sympathetic characters for the reader to hang their hat on and there are a couple of quite unpleasant scenes of sex and violence to endure. Despite that, it did manage to hold my attention and I ultimately wanted to find out how it ended though not all the loose ends are tidied up.more
Maybe the translation was at fault, but I thought that this book was truly awful. The story was substantial enough ( a love triangle between two male friends and a girl) but it was impossible to empathise with the womanising protagonist and his insignificant teen-angsty concerns. Shame, because the author also wrote 21 grams and Amores Perros, both of which were fantastic films.more
It´s a great book for a summer or to spend time.more
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