The book is remarkable. John Ross is the only person who could write an epic novel about modern Mexico-so far from God, so close to the Great Satan-and send weekly dispatches to hundreds of devoted readers regarding the national banking disaster and the impending takeover of the country by Citibank and Exxon...Ross is an important journalist (perhaps the most important reporter writing in English on these matters), and a vivid fiction writer. His nose for bullshit and hypocrisy coexists with a real empathy for a great nation and for her valiant people. These are fascinating portraits from a "stringer in a strange land."
John Ross writes with a supernatural energy and verve, delving deep into the surreal caldron of Mexican politics and culture today. Tonatiuh's People is a roller coaster ride through a fabulous and doomed landscape, rich beyond belief, bitched beyond comprehension. The sheer imagination of this dramatic passion play is remarkable. Ross's language bubbles up like fresh magma, jolting, colloquial, angry and inventive. The end result is a tragic and beautiful cry in the dark.