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the savage detectives

September 22, 2010


got this book yesterday at strand. the only thing i know about it is that the story takes place in mexico city starting in the 70’s and it’s about two young poets and their poetic movement which they call “visceral realism.”

i started reading it on the subway and by the first 10 pages i was already hooked on the story. let’s see how it will develop.

here is an excerpt from page 6:

” […] Contrary to my expectations, the argument didn’t lead to an all-around ass-kicking. I have to admit I would have loved that. And although one of the members did promise Ulises Lima that someday he would kick his ass, in the end nothing actually happened; nothing violent I mean, although I responded to the threat (which, I repeat, was not directed at me) by letting the threatener know that he could have it out with me anywhere on campus, any day, any time.

The end of class was surprising. Alamo dared Ulises Lima to read one of his poems. Lima didn’t need to be asked twice. He pulled some smudged, crumpled sheets from his jacket pocket. Oh no, I thought, the idiot is walking right into their trap. I think I shut my eyes out of sheer embarrassment. There is a time for reciting poems and a time for fists. As far as I was concerned, this was the latter. But as I was saying, I closed my eyes, and I heard Lima clear his throat, then I heard the somewhat uncomfortable silence (if it’s possible to hear such a thing, which I doubt) that settled around him, and finally I heard his voice, reading the best poem I’d ever heard. […]

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