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Down the Rabbit Hole
Down the Rabbit Hole: A Novel | Juan Pablo Villalobos
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"A brief and majestic debut." Matas Nspolo, El MundoTochtli lives in a palace. He loves hats, samurai, guillotines, and dictionaries, and what he wants more than anything right now is a new pet for his private zoo: a pygmy hippopotamus from Liberia. But Tochtli is a child whose father is a drug baron on the verge of taking over a powerful cartel, and Tochtli is growing up in a luxury hideout that he shares with hit men, prostitutes, dealers, servants, and the odd corrupt politician or two. Long-listed for The Guardian First Book Award, Down the Rabbit Hole, a masterful and darkly comic first novel, is the chronicle of a delirious journey to grant a child's wish.
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vlwelser
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This is a fun little book. I think it's technically a novella (under 100 pages). The unreliable narrator is a 7yo boy, obsessed with hats, samurai films, and Liberian pygmy hippos, but is also the son of a Mexican drug lord. It's funny and slightly horrifying when you actually think about it. I kind of loved it. I immediately added another book by the author to my library wish list.

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Smrloomis Now off to google Liberian Pygmy hippos… 😂 3w
vlwelser @Smrloomis you should definitely do that! They're so cute! I saw some in a zoo once (maybe Copenhagen?). 3w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3w
Smrloomis @vlwelser you‘re right, they‘re adorable ❤️😂 3w
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britt_brooke
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Told from the perspective of Tochtli, an innocent, naive young boy who reads the dictionary, thriving on words like “enigmatic” and “pathetic.” He collects hats, loves samurai, and wants a new exotic animal for their palace‘s menagerie - guilty overcompensation from his Mexican drug lord father, no doubt. The boy is sheltered, but conversely, exposed to so much. This slim novel is a wild ride! Read the glossary, too; it‘s excellent.

vivastory I really liked this one. I've been meaning to read his full length novel 4mo
Cathythoughts Stacking … sounds like something I‘ve never read before ❤️ 4mo
britt_brooke @Cathythoughts He‘s a unique author. This is darkly humorous, too. I forgot to mention that. 😄 4mo
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britt_brooke @vivastory So far this and Quesadillas have been 5⭐️ for me. I need to get to his others! 4mo
vivastory I heard about the flooding in Tennessee. I hope that you & your loved ones are safe. 4mo
britt_brooke @vivastory We‘re all good - thank you for checking in! The flooding was about an hour from us. Lots of folks still missing. It‘s just awful. 😔 4mo
vivastory @britt_brooke Glad to hear that you're fine! I hope that the missing turn up soon. Can't imagine 4mo
kspenmoll Britt so glad to hear you & your family are ok. Heartbreaking for TN.❤️ 4mo
britt_brooke @kspenmoll Thank you! 💚 It‘s absolutely devastating. 4mo
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vivastory
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I read Villalobos' sophomore book Quesadillas nearly 4 years ago. I have never forgotten that quirky gem. It worked perfectly as a novella, feeling neither too short nor too much like an overextended short story. Down the Rabbit Hole is narrated by the samurai film watching & hat obsessed quirky son of a Honduran drug lord. What is interesting to me is how tenuous the line is between the violence of normal childhood development & his environment.

vivastory The serious subject matter is somewhat reduced by the narrator's POV, although the loss of innocence can be disturbing at times. Definitely recommend Villalobos if you're looking for a reliable author of novellas that pack a punch. At a mere 70 pages Down the Rabbit Hole is a praiseworthy debut. #NewYearWhoDis @Mitch @monalyisha (edited) 10mo
Mitch Glad it interested you - I actually believed the narrator was a child. So often adults try to write children‘s voices and the language and thought structures are too linear and sophisticated. 10mo
vivastory @Mitch Exactly. They're either too sophisticated or they're too one dimensional. When I checked this one out from the library I also checked out “I Don't Expect Anyone to Believe Me“, which is actually a full length novel 10mo
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vivastory
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1) Read. And work, I suppose.
2) Mint ice cream.
3) During the evening. I'm usually finished with my obligations for the day & am able to relax more.
#motivationalmonday @Cupcake12

ephemeralwaltz Same for no. 2!! 11mo
vivastory @ephemeralwaltz It was wonderful! 11mo
MsMelissa Same on your first answer! Wish someone would just pay me to read 😉 11mo
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vivastory @Book_Fiend_Melissa I've asked my boss a few times. No luck 🙄😂 11mo
MsMelissa Never hurts to ask, right? 😂 11mo
Cupcake12 @vivastory I‘ve asked my boss the same 🤣Thanks for playing 👍🏻 11mo
Sharv_Sona READ.... and work I suppose🙄. That make me laugh as hell! 11mo
sarahbarnes “Read. And work I suppose” is basically how I feel about every week. 😂 11mo
vivastory @sarahbarnes The struggle is real 📚📚 11mo
Centique Mint Icecream is the BEST 😍 11mo
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vivastory
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I really leveled up my day with this spectacular haul from the library. The tagged book, Say Nothing & Your House Will Pay are for #NewYearWhoDis @monalyisha @Mitch

MaureenMc I read this as indicating there was one book with the title “Say Nothing & Your House Will Pay.” I thought, “Haven‘t heard of that one; it sounds pretty dark.” 🤦‍♀️😆 12mo
sarahbarnes Oooh, great stack! 12mo
monalyisha YES. Stock up! I *work* at a library & I still haven‘t been able to resist lately. Despite the fact that I know we have no immediate plans to close again, it really feels like it could happen at any time. 🙈 If so, you‘ll be golden! 12mo
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Mitch13 Is that Boulevard from KC Mo. I was in Kansas city for 13 weeks with work and drank my weight in Boulevard Wheat beer. Oh yeah and nice stack of reading material 12mo
vivastory @Mitch13 It is! Tank 7 is one of my faves. It was a break from the seasonal Nutcracker that I've been drinking since they released it 12mo
KatieB I think Say Nothing was my favourite nonfiction of the year. Enjoy! 12mo
Kalalalatja That‘s quite the stack! My library has closed down again due to covid, so I‘m not sure I‘ll be able to get my #NewYearWhoDis books from the library. 👎 12mo
Suet624 Say Nothing is fantastic. And sad. Take your time with Celestial Bodies. You‘ll either love it or hate it. I loved it. 12mo
monalyisha Tank 7 is such a good beer, too. 12mo
vivastory @monalyisha Boulevard is def one of my fave things about KC 12mo
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Mitch
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Violence, drugs, gangland warfare, drug lords and vice- but all told from the view of a 7 yr boy. He's a wonderfully charming, unreliable narrator - showing us how he sees the world, in the language in which he sees it. It was quirky and comical (only for a split second - until you realised the world he is describing with your adult eyes) - but also deeply sad and tense. For only 90 pages - it's left a very deep impression.

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Mitch
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Puppy forgot the clocks changed last night and we were meant to have an extra hour in bed! He‘s final crashed on the sofa - so I‘m reading for tomorrow‘s Bookclub meet-up. It‘s a short novella about a Mexican drug cartel told from the viewpoint of a 7 yr old. Love it when Bookclub takes you out of your comfort zones!

BethM So strange to me - I never knew clocks changed differently in the world. US doesn‘t change until next week. 13mo
Mitch @BethM I know - it throws you out a bit! Still - it‘ll be nice to enjoy some lighter mornings for a while 👍🏼 13mo
charl08 Aw! Adorable pup. I now get thrown by the way the phone changes automatically. Thank goodness for an old fashioned clock to check. 13mo
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Amiable A few years ago my husband and I were traveling in Germany when the clocks changed there. Then we came home and the clocks changed here in the U.S. the following weekend. I still feel like somehow we managed to cheat the system as time travelers that year! 😀 13mo
Oryx Luckily our old gal Daisy appreciated the extra hour in bed (and therefore so did I). 13mo
Mitch @Oryx how long do I need to wait??🤣 13mo
Mitch @Amiable it still freaks me out travelling forwards and backwards in time! 🤣 13mo
Oryx @Mitch only about six years or so 😂 13mo
MicheleinPhilly @Amiable @Mitch I will never forget traveling home from Australia. We left Sydney at 2:30 in the afternoon on Sunday and arrived in Los Angeles at noon on Sunday. Longest day EVER! 13mo
Mitch @Oryx 🤣🤣🤣 13mo
Mitch @MicheleinPhilly that‘s a long day! 🤣 13mo
SheReadsAndWrites Such a sweet face! ❤️ Sleepy baby. 😴 13mo
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codirebe
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As a Latin American history and culture enthusiast, I loved this dark yet playful, funny insight into the world of Mexican drug cartels. Simple vocabulary and sentence structures from a child‘s mind make it a PERFECT read for Spanish second language learners. Also, it‘s free on iBooks!

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saresmoore 😂 4y
Tamra That‘s funny! 4y
Suet624 That‘s hysterical. 4y
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shawnmooney
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Reecaspieces Should be #rambleofthday. Love it. 4y
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shawnmooney
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❤️ this opening to the novella!

#QuoteOfTheDay

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shawnmooney
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Twitter just brought this Mexican novella—about a Mexican drug lord‘s kid who wants a pygmy hippo from Liberia as a pet—to my attention and since I see I have the ebook on Scribd I think I‘ll read it pretty much immediately! I also now see that @Marchpane has read and liked it.

Marchpane It's a good one! How do you usually fare with precocious child narrators? I tend to like them but I know a lot of people don't! 4y
Soubhiville Sounds pretty interesting. Stacked! 4y
shawnmooney @Marchpane Good point - often I don‘t fare so well but I‘m going to give it a shot! 4y
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Zoe_reads_books
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The best part of any day is when an Amazon package arrives!

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SoniaC
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What a beautifully written but heartbreaking book. Innocence lost and the poor innocent doesn't even know. What happens when you grow up in a completely toxic world thinking it's normal.

slhbooks I love beautifully written and heartbreaking books! Stacked📚📚 4y
SoniaC @slhbooks I hope you like it! 4y
Jenniferlikes2read I could not find this in Goodreads 😐 4y
SoniaC @Jenniferlikes2read did you try looking it up by the author. It's there. 4y
Jenniferlikes2read @SoniaC I found it...added to my massive TBR mountain...thanks so much! 4y
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Marchpane
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#mexicanwriters #maybookflowers

Drug wars as seen through the eyes of a small child, who happens to be the son of an Escobar-style drug lord.

Little Tochtli lives in a palace and all he wants is a pygmy hippopotamus for his private zoo. This book is darkly funny and chilling at the same time. I've been meaning to check out the author's other work.

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Soscha
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An odd little book written in the voice of a precocious 7 year old son of a Mexican drug lord.

This was my choice for the #ReadHarder #ReadHarder2017 challenge category "Read a Debut Novel"

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Soscha
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"Hair is like a corpse you wear on your head while you're alive."

LeahBergen 😂😂 That sounds like a quote from 1980s me! 5y
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SoniaC
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Subscribed to a very unique small publisher called & Other Stories. I got the intro package. It included the book and mug, a free e-book (I picked All Dogs Are blue and I am subscribed to the next four books they publish. They specialize in translations. This is very promising.

LeahBergen I think all books should come with matching mugs. 😉 5y
Marchpane Such a terrific book and I love the mug too ❤️ 5y
Lindy Ali Smith gave it a blurb. That's promising. 5y
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SoniaC @LeahBergen lol agreed! 5y
SoniaC @Marchpane I am looking forward to enjoying them both. 5y
SoniaC @Lindy yes it is. 5y
Hobbinol I checked out their website. Their publications look great! Enjoy! 5y
SoniaC @Hobbinol I love the options they have. 5y
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