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Author Biography: Eryk Hanut is a writer and photographer whose books include an admired memoir of his relationship with Marlene Dietrich, I Wish You Love.
Posted December 17, 2007
I read about two thirds of the way through this book, then decided that I didn't believe many of the things this author wrote. For example, the author said that while looking at the merchandise on a vendor's table at Guadalupe, which was entirely covered with religious items, the vendor asked him if he would like a girl. Then after the author, he said, did not respond, the vendor brought out a flyer advertizing a strip club. Then after the author showed that he was not interested, the vendor rolled his eyes. There are a good many stories like this one, that finally strained my credibility far past the breaking point. The author seems to have actually been in Mexico City and in all probability at Guadalupe but seems to be inventive (though he does have an entertaining style). He presents himself as a pious believer in Guadalupe, and perhaps he is in his way, but for one thing doubts that Juan Diego actually existed.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 11, 2002
I couldn't put this book down- It is so refreshing, well, written and entertaining at once- while dealing with very serious matters- I can't wait for Mr Hanut's next book and highly recommend this one!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 2, 2001
Posted October 28, 2001
'The Road to Guadalupe' is a heart-warming and healing treasure. Author Eryk Hanut weaves the timeless tale of the enormously revered Virgin of Guadalupe with his experiences as a modern day pilgrim in Mexico City. The fragile, poignant and miraculous story of the Mother's appearance to an illiterate peasant runs counterpoint to Hanut's dusty, wise and scintillating account of the host of eccentric characters, from charlatans to diamonds in the rough, that surround her shrine. It is this mixture of earthy and Divine that makes the book so utterly unique and delicious. I marveled at Hanut's use of English (not his first language) in 'I Wish You Love', the story of his relationship with Marlene Deitrich. In both books, he delights the reader with stunning metaphors. Although 'The Road to Guadalupe' is a narrative, the author's disarming observations as poet and photographer dominate the vivid writing style, leaving his audience breathless and eager to turn the page in search for more of his jewels. His lazer sharp sketches of unforgettable characters will blaze in your memory, long after the book is reluctantly closed.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.