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Still Water Saints

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2008

    A Beautiful Braiding of Story

    _Still Water Saints _ is a powerful first novel. The author, Alex Espinoza crafts a beautiful braiding of stories, stories that delight, that break one's heart, stories that save lives--and this is what literature is all about. Perla is the bright flame woven throughout these stories. Espinoza develops this character beautifully and achieves this development with the other characters who come in contact with her. Espinoza's special hand at landscape reminds me of a painter--layer upon layer of sensory description that serves as another vehicle for readers to further understand this strange world these characters inhabit. Don't miss reading this book! Espinoza will take you where you haven't been before. I agree with Sandra Cisneros who wrote: 'Alex Espinoza's _Still Water Saints - is a cycle of tales as perfect as the beads of a rosary.' Orale! A Must-READ!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2007

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    I did not ejoy Still Water Saints. I read half of it, slowly, hoping for something special to happen, before I deemed it not worth forcing myself to read anymore. The main character, the 'bruja', was somewhat likeable, but otherwise unengaging on the page. The different stories are clearly intended to have some sentimental impact and to intertwine, but are altogether deflated. The characterization of all the different inhabitants of the title location leaves much to be desired. Whatever the resolution was, I have to admit, I was not even interested enough to try to get to it. I felt bored and depressed throughout most of the story, and somewhat aggravated by how disjointed the flow of events in the stories was. It seems to be little more than a manifesto for poor, ordinary Hispanics in California and various sad circumstances that seem to befall Mexican immigrants. I would have given this book one star were it not for this new author's ability to write just well enough for me to read half of it and to have hope for a good book. But as I my '2' rating indicates, I was highly disappointed.

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