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Down the Rabbit Hole

Villalobos, Juan Pablo - Finished Nov 08, 2016

Run-on Sentence Summary

A sad little story of a boy growing up as heir to a Mexican drug cartel.

Impressions

In this short novella, we get to know Tochtli (rabbit), a precocious little seven year old who is the son of a Mexican drug kingpin. He lives in splendid isolation in a palace somewhere hidden in the Mexican countryside. The main gimmick of the story is seeing serious events unfolding through the innocent eyes of a child who doesn’t understand what is happening around him. Tochtil grapples with masculinity and loneliness, and it is heartbreaking to see his innocence and childhood being taken away from him.

Final Thoughts

Its a small story and paints a vivid picture, but its not entirely memorable.

Favorite Quote

“Winston López is right. Educated people know a lot about books, but they don’t know anything about life. There’s no book that tells you how to choose names for Liberian pygmy hippopotamuses. Most books are about useless things that don’t matter to anyone.”