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T Dogs is not a novel a collection of short stories told rom the perspectives of several members of the Arteaga tribe or people who had close ties to them such as a maid who had been working or the The Northman's Bride familyor decades or the mistress nobody knew existed The link between these stories is sometimes subtle but the haunting memory of the kidnapping and the knew existed The link between these stories is sometimes subtle but the haunting memory of the kidnapping and the of exile that permeates all of them makes it clear that this is a grand Blood Trails: The Combat Diary of a Foot Soldier in Vietnam family drama told in shortorm in stunning vignettesThe most striking Cherry Bomb feature of Barefoot Dogs is the elegant perceptive and evocative language At times I was struck by how beautiful and original the sentences were Titles such as Origami Prunes the titular Barefoot Dogs and phrases like Laura s helplessness was wrapped in a thin layer of arrogance are clever and memorable At a book signing event in Austin the author interestingly described writing in English as being similar to how we see when opening our eyes underwater So this strange and clever language is all the impressive when one considers that English is the author s second language one he learned later in lifeI am unabashedly a lover of ambitious and sprawling narratives so when I read short story collections my brain naturally seeks toind a connection of any sort between them This book is admittedly not a sprawling narrative Thankfully it reads like a very short novel than a collection of stories and I appreciated having a reference point Leading the Way from which to experience all the them the kidnapping of the patriarch and theamily in exileI will refrain rom discussing individual stories in depth due to the short length of the work But I will say that Antonio Ruiz Camacho wrote an impressively diverse set of stories that cover several themes and ideas and are told in varying narrative structures From stream of consciousness narration to stories told entirely through dialogue the writing keeps you on your toes and is executed expertlyThe amily tree at the end proved to be tremendously influential in my enjoyment of the overarching story because I was uickly able to place a character in context of the larger narrative For example Laura The Single Girl's Guide to Marrying a Man, His Kids, and His Ex-Wife: Becoming a Stepmother with Humor and Grace from Origami Prunes is the eldest daughter of the kidnapped patriarch Fernanda and Nicolasarom It Will Be Awesome Before Spring are Laura s daughters though I would have never known if I had skipped the When Red Cried Wolf family tree These subtle connections are suddenly made significant and as a result I was able to appreciate the stories both individually and collectively Barefoot Dogs earns my most earnest praise and recommendation It is timely powerfuliction about a amily torn apart by violence that is brilliantly rendered in smart and singular language As ar as short story collections go this is one of best you ll read in 201. Ue unresolved danger The World in the Curl: An Unconventional History of Surfing from his abandoned homeland Gripping disturbing and moving Barefoot Dogs is a story about the struggle of a man who estrangedrom his home and traumatized by his past is trying to be a ather after the loss of his own. .
An excellent collection that presents the reader with a kaleidoscopic view into an upperclass Mexican amily tragedy Similar to Jennifer Egan s A VISIT FROM THE GOON SUAD in the way it combines narrative ingenuity one story is a single strung out 15 page sentence another is nothing but dialogue with the intimate examination of a SINGULAR EVENT AND S IMPLICATIONS IT S NOT event and it s implications It s not the perfect inal story that whole collection ties itself together but it s well worth the waitHighly recommended ANTONIO RUIZ CAMACHOBarefoot Dogs StoriesFICTIONNew York ScribnerHardcover 978 147684960 also available as ebook156 pages 2300March 10 2015Reviewed or Lone Star Literary Life by Michelle Newby 4515 Most of the Mexicans we read about in the United States are immigrants maids janitors day laborers and the like In this country we don t often read about Mexicans in Mexico unless they re drug lords cartel kingpins and their enforcers or the poor desperate classes victimized by them We almost never get iction in English telling the other side of that conflict So Antonio Ruiz Camacho s Barefoot Dogs Stories is a rare thing on this side of the Rio Bravo Ruiz Camacho tells the stories of the wealthy privileged cultured and ambitious let s go ahead and call them plutocrats Arteaga amily of Mexico City He has an uncanny ear or the prattle of pampered children trying adulthood on or size and or conveying their sheltered lives It is the year we meet people who don t live in the same neighborhoods as usIt is the year we get to know real artists who rent studios in dangerous districts on the other side of the city and it is the year we socialize with historians and anthropologists and performance artists and book editors who live paycheck to paycheck and don t have cars these "Are Fascinating Glamorous People "fascinating glamorous people ride the subway and take taxicabs It turns out to also be the year of kidnappings when the patriarch ails to come home Still Life with Chickens from the office one day the year the blinders come off This collection of linked shortiction Still Life with Chickens: Starting Over in a House by the Sea follows the diminishedortunes of the children and grandchildren who are Paradox Bound forced tolee the country or their own safety Okie ollows grandson Bernardo a third grader acting out as he tries to adjust to a new life with his parents in Palo Alto In Origami Prunes set in Austin daughter Laura indulges a certain nihilism as she searches STFU, Parents: The Jaw-Dropping, Self-Indulgent, and Occasionally Rage-Inducing World of Parent Overshare for purpose Grandchildren Homero and Ximena are stranded in New York before their parents join them high on whatever they canind trying to escape homesickness and limbo Perhaps most movingly Deers is told rom the point of view of Laura s maid who had to leave her own children in Mexico when the Arteagas led not all privilege has been left behind The bear in the McDonald s is an apt metaphor Syncopated: An Anthology of Nonfiction Picto-Essays for th. This story was originally published in Day One a weekly literary journal dedicated to shortiction and poetry Are All Guys Assholes?: More Than 1,000 Guys in 10 Cities Reveal Why They're Not, Why They Sometimes Act Like They Are, and How Understanding Their ... Will Solve Your Guy Drama Once and For All from emerging writersAfter the violent shadowy events surrounding hisather’s disappearance and his sibling’s disbandment ,
E Arteagas diaspora they re all in unfamiliar places trying to What a Lass Wants figure out how they got there and how to get home In Better Latitude the grandfather s mistress He loved us the same way people like him love pedigree dogs expensive cars time shares in Acapulco tries to shield their sonrom Mexico s version of strange ruit while deciding whether they should leave too because her child carries his ather s name Martin and Catalina try to adjust to the alien landscape of Madrid with their infant son It doesn t help that Visions Of Grandpa Continue of Grandpa continue haunt them as they scatter In the end Grandpa is not the only one lost they all are Barefoot Dogs is an exploration of the reverberations of violence in the lives of the survivors The of a wealthy Mexican Hooker family in is kidnapped andamily members scatter to Europe and the United States in The League for the Suppression of Celery fear One son is left behind in theamily estate to monitor the situation These stories are linked but not in a linear The Thirteen-Gun Salute fashion and eachamily members situation is discussed in the storiesIt s uite rare to read stories of Mexicans or Mexican life where the stories are of well to do characters and not just the poor I enjoyed reading these stories and rushed through them trying to ind out exactly what has happened to the enjoyed reading these stories and rushed through them trying to ind out exactly what has happened to the Ruiz Camacho is a ine writer and I can t wait to read by him325 stars The patriarch of a wealthy Mexico City amily disappears Kidnappings are common and the grown children most with The Day Fidel Died families of their own do not respond to ransom reuests Pieces of theirather begin to arrive in the mailThe amily scatters leaving their home and privileged lives out of guilt panic and genuine concern over possible continued violence Ruiz Camacho s linked short stories takes up these lives in cities spread across the United States One son with his wife and child and dog winds up in Paris He s paying a lot of money or a tiny apartment in an exclusive neighborhood The washerdryer in the kitchen both mystifies and depresses him but you have to realize that this is a man who has never before made his own coffeeSome amily members are able to bring at least one servant with them to their new homes In Austin a young woman once a maid has been let go and is making her own way by working in a McDo Review can also be ound in my blog Dogs is a book that demands we relish every word and revel in its ephemeral nature It is a slender collection of only 140 pages of content that exudes sophistication and relevance The narrative ollows the Arteagas a wealthy Mexican amily who is The Outlaw and the Upstart King forced to expatriate and abandon their ancestral home in Mexico after the patriarch Jose Victoriano Arteaga is kidnapped by a drug gang and all their livesace immediate peril Even though it could easily pass or one Barefoo. Artín lees Mexico City with his wife newborn son and dog Isolated and homesick in Madrid Martín awakes one sticky hot morning uietly overwhelmed by the circumstances his growing aversion to his son the dog’s sudden illness and the vag.