Arch Jose Victoriano Arteaga is kidnapped by a drug gang and all their
LIVES FACE IMMEDIATE PERIL EVEN THOUGHface immediate eril Even though could easily ass for one Barefoot Dogs is not a novel but a collection of short stories told from the erspectives of several members of the Arteaga tribe or Kapriolen Des Schicksals[Roman] people who had close ties to them such as a maid who had been working for the family for decades or the mistress nobody knew existed The link between these stories is sometimes subtle but the haunting memory of the kidnapping and the feeling of exile thatermeates all of them makes it clear that this is a grand family drama told in short form in stunning vignettesThe most striking feature of Barefoot Dogs is the elegant The Magnanimous Heart 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 andhrases 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 to find 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 oint from which to experience all the them the kidnapping of the atriarch and the family in exileI will refrain from 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 family tree at the end Over Mintmarks and Hot Repunched Mintmarks proved to be tremendously influential in my enjoyment of the overarching story because I was uickly able tolace a character in context of the larger narrative For example Laura from Origami Prunes is the eldest daughter of the kidnapped atriarch Fernanda and Nicolasa from It Will Be Awesome Before Spring are Laura S Daughters Though I Would Have Never Known If s daughters though I would have never known if had skipped the family tree These subtle connections are suddenly made significant and as a result I was able to appreciate skipped the family tree These subtle connections are suddenly made significant and as a result I was able to appreciate stories both individually and collectively Barefoot Dogs earns my most earnest raise and recommendation It is timely One Day in December powerful fiction about a family torn apart by violence that is brilliantly rendered in smart and singular language As far as short story collections go this is one of best you ll read in 2016. Ue unresolved danger from his abandoned homeland Gripping disturbing and moving Barefoot Dogs is a story about the struggle of a man who estranged from his home and traumatized by hisast is trying to be a father after the loss of his own. .
S mistress He loved us the same Way People Like Him Love Pedigree Dogs people like him love edigree dogs cars time shares in Acapulco tries to shield their son from Mexico s version of strange fruit while deciding whether they should leave too because her child carries his father 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 to 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 atriarch of a wealthy family in Mexico is kidnapped and family members scatter to Europe and the United States in fear One son is left behind in the family estate to "Monitor The Situation These Stories Are Linked But Not In "the situation These stories are linked but not in linear fashion and each family 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 oor I enjoyed reading these stories and rushed through them trying to find out exactly what has happened to the father Ruiz Camacho is a fine writer and I can t wait to read by him325 stars The atriarch of a wealthy Mexico City family disappears Kidnappings are common and the grown children most with families of their own do not respond to ransom reuests Pieces of their father begin to arrive in the mailThe family scatters leaving their home and rivileged lives out of guilt The First Secret of Edwin Hoff panic and genuine concern overossible 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 aying a lot of money for 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 family 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 McDonald s Children as especially baffled by the changes although a air of teenagers left largely on their own in a nice Manhattan apartment are creating a world of their own That bit about making one s own coffee is the type of detail that could make these eople easy to mock but Ruiz Camacho does not lay situations for laughs America is a nation of immigrants right We love their stories These are immigrants of a articular class but the Review can also be found 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 ages of content that exudes sophistication and relevance The narrative follows the Arteagas a wealthy Mexican family who is forced to expatriate and abandon their ancestral home in Mexico after the atri. Artín flees 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.
free download Barefoot DogsAn excellent collection that resents the reader with a kaleidoscopic view into an upperclass Mexican family 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 age sentence another is nothing but dialogue with the intimate examination of a singular event and it s implications It s not until the erfect final story that the 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 ages 2300March 10 2015Reviewed for Lone Star Literary Life by Michelle Newby "pages 2300March 10 2015Reviewed for Lone Star Literary Life by Michelle Newby 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 oor desperate classes victimized by them We almost never get fiction 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 Something Wicked privileged cultured and ambitious let s go ahead and call themlutocrats Arteaga family of Mexico City He has an uncanny ear for the Velvet Ropes (Club Undercover prattle ofampered children trying adulthood on for size and for conveying their sheltered lives It is the year we meet Freud and His Followers 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 anderformance artists and book editors who live Pjesme paycheck toaycheck and don t have cars these are fascinating glamorous eople who ride The Subway And Take Taxicabs subway and take taxicabs turns out to also be the year of kidnappings when the atriarch fails to come home from the office one day the year the blinders come off This collection of linked short fiction follows the diminished fortunes of the children and grandchildren who are forced to flee the country for their own safety Okie follows grandson Bernardo a third grader acting out as he tries to adjust to a new life with his arents in Palo Alto In Origami Prunes set in Austin daughter Laura indulges a certain nihilism as she searches for urpose Grandchildren Homero and Ximena are stranded in New York before their arents join them high on whatever they "can find trying to escape homesickness and limbo Perhaps most movingly Deers is told from the oint of "find trying to escape homesickness and limbo Perhaps most movingly Deers is told from the A'dan Z'ye Yaşar Kemal point of of Laura s maid who had to leave her own children in Mexico when the Arteagas fled not allrivilege has been left behind The bear in the McDonald s is an apt metaphor for the Arteagas diaspora they re all in unfamiliar Nacht places trying to figure out how they got there and how to get home In Better Latitude the grandfather. This story was originallyublished in Day One a weekly literary journal dedicated to short fiction and oetry from emerging writersAfter the violent shadowy events surrounding his father’s disappearance and his sibling’s disbandment