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Library JournalStarred Review.
Fuentes does not cease to amaze. This latest work is an uproariously comic novel that deals headon with many of the gravest issues of 21stcentury Mexico. Key to its hilarity is the idiosyncratic, selfabsorbed voice of the narrator, an ambitious attorney who made his place in the public sphere by marrying the flatulent daughter of a biscuit magnate. When his wife, a woman prone to bizarre non sequiturs, begins a romance with a loutish official who oversees a barbaric and fraudulent government crackdown on crime, all hell breaks loose. Meanwhile an apparently heavensent child prophet appears at a busy Mexico City intersection, stopping traffic while starting a national debate. Adán en Edén is entertainingly freewheeling with its themes and cultural references, which include poverty, drug violence, sex, Mexican history, telenovelas, U.S.Mexican immigration, and the Palm Pre smart phone. Fuentes even finds room for a precisely measured burlesque of Octavio Paz's role in promoting dogmatic factionalism in Mexican letters. The reader marvels throughout that the author of this fiercely perspicacious and laughoutloud funny novel is in his eighties: Fuentes's familiar wit and breadth of experience are here in spades, but he also packs a highvelocity edginess worthy of a writer a third his age. Recommended for readers of dystopian political fiction.—Bruce Jensen, Rohrbach Lib., Kutztown Univ., PA
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