Books Of The Year #3: Down The Rabbit Hole

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December 7, 2011 by markstani

Juan Pablo Villalobos’ Down The Rabbit Hole (pub. And Other Stories) caused quite a stir in 2011, and rightly so. Tochtli is the seven-year-old son of a Mexican drugs kingpin. He lives in a heavily guarded compound with prostitutes and corrupt politicians for company. He loves samurai, hats and dictionaries, and dreams of owning a rare Liberian pygmy hippopotamus. What Tochtli wants, he generally gets, but at what price? Villalobos has crafted a touching, shocking, unforgettable first novel. Read the full review here.

One of the things I’ve learned from Yolcaut is that sometimes people don’t turn into corpses with just one bullet. Sometimes they need three or even fourteen bullets. It all depends where you aim them. If you put two bullets in their brain they’ll die for sure. But you can put up to 1,000 bullets in their hair and nothing will happen, although it must be fun to watch.

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