Among the Lost by Emiliano Monge
My Rating: 💙💙1/2
Publisher: Scribe UK
Genres: Modern Fiction, Contemporary
Synopsis/Blurb (taken from Goodreads):
“In the desolate wastelands between the sierra and the jungle, under an all-seeing, unforgiving sun, a single day unfolds as relentlessly as those that have gone before. People are trafficked and brutalised, illegal migrants are cheated of their money, their dreams, their very names even as countless others scrabble to cross the border, trying to reach a land they call El Paraíso.
In this grim inferno, a fierce love has blossomed — one that was born in pain and cruelty, and one that will live or die on this day. Estela and Epitafio too were trafficked, they grew together in the brutal orphanage, fell in love, but were ripped apart. They have played an ugly role in the very system that abused them, and done the bidding of the brutal old priest for too long. They have traded in migrants, put children to work as slaves, hacked off limbs and lives without a thought, though they have never forgotten the memory of their own shackles.
Like the immigrants whose hopes they extinguish, they long to be free; free to be together and alone. Here in an unnamed land that could be a Mexico reimagined by Breughel and Dante, on the border between purgatory and inferno, where Paradise is the mouth of hell and cruelty the only currency, lives are spent, bartered and indentured for it. Must all be bankrupt among the lost?”
My Thoughts & Review
I finally finished this book. It’s taken me nearly over two weeks. Now that I have finally finished I don’t know how I feel about this book. On one had I thought it was interesting and enjoyable but on the other I was confused as to what was happening and what it was about.
The theme of this book was very interesting but while reading I found the book became a heavy and boring read. This was probably because as I read through the book I would get excited that something interesting was about to happen, but it would all fizzle out and nothing happened. I found this to happen quite a bit in the book and in the end I just got tired of it and had to take a break from the book.
The book was originally written in Spanish/Mexican but has been translated into English by Frank Wynne. Although beautifully translated I did find that I had to concentrate pretty hard to read and digest what was happening. By the end of this book I had re-read quite a few paragraphs over and over again.
On a positive, I absolute loved the front cover of this book. I think it’s so cool.
Overall I feel this book was a little wasted on me and is better suited for other readers who are into these types of books. Saying that I think I would try another book by this author in the future.
I would like to thank Scribe UK for sending me a paperback in return for an honest and unbiased review.
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