An unforgettable Irving. A novel full of tenderness and humor about childhood, fate and memory.
This novel of Irving, the most “Hispanic” of the author, starring a writer fifty-four-year-old named Juan Diego, limping, have heart problems, which is of Mexican origin and now living in Iowa, but traveling to the Philippines with a stopover in Hong Kong. During the eventful journey, he meets a mother and her daughter, with which it maintains relationship. Amid the vicissitudes of the trip he is remembering his life: an unknown father and prostitute mother, grew into a huge garbage dump on the outskirts of Oaxaca; thanks to the abandoned landfill in the books, some already in flames, learn to read in Castilian and English. Despite living protected by Rivera, one of the kingpins of the landfill, at twelve he suffers an accident that destroys the foot. That same day he meets a young Jesuit brother newcomer to Mexico from Iowa who wants to join the Jesuits already working in an orphanage in Oaxaca. Later, the Jesuit falls in love with a prostitute on the street and the three travel to Iowa, where Juan Diego study literature and become a writer.
Author: John Irving