Down the Rabbit Hole

Down the Rabbit Hole Tochtli lives in a palace He loves hats samurai guillotines and dictionaries and what he wants than anything right now is a new pet for his private zoo a pygmy hippopotamus from Liberia But Tochtli

  • Title: Down the Rabbit Hole
  • Author: Juan Pablo Villalobos Adam Thirlwell Rosalind Harvey
  • ISBN: 9781908276001
  • Page: 175
  • Format: Paperback
  • Tochtli lives in a palace He loves hats, samurai, guillotines and dictionaries, and what he wants 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, prosTochtli lives in a palace He loves hats, samurai, guillotines and dictionaries, and what he wants 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.Down the Rabbit Hole, a masterful and darkly comic first novel, is the chronicle of a delirious journey to grant a child s wish.It has created quite a buzz in the Spanish speaking world and beyond It was published in Spain in 2010 Anagrama and has already been translated into Portuguese, French, Italian, German, Romanian, Dutch and English Every writer should attempt to go beyond the limits of possible experience It sounds nice really I just copied it from the dictionary The dictionary also says that to transcend is to find out something that is hidden That is reality on its own is worth nothing we have to transform it into culture Villalobos.

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    1. Juan Pablo Villalobos Adam Thirlwell Rosalind Harvey

      Juan Pablo Villalobos naci en Guadalajara, M xico, en 1973 Estudi Marketing y Literatura Hisp nica Ha realizado cientos de estudios de mercado y ha publicado cr nicas de viaje, cr tica literaria y cr tica de cine Se ha ocupado de investigar temas tan dispares como la ergonom a de los retretes, la influencia de las vanguardias en la obra de C sar Aira, la flexibilidad de los poliductos para instalaciones el ctricas, los efectos secundarios de los f rmacos contra la disfunci n erectil o la excentricidad en la literatura latinoamericana en la primera mitad del siglo XX Ha sido becario del programa Alban, becas de alto nivel de la Uni n Europea para Am rica Latina, y del Instituto de Investigaciones Ling stico Literarias de la Universidad Veracruzana Estudia un doctorado en Teor a de la Literatura y Literatura Comparada en la Universidad Aut noma de Barcelona Actualmente vive en Barcelona, donde combina la escritura con su trabajo en una empresa de comercio electr nico.

    799 thoughts on “Down the Rabbit Hole”

    1. Rating: 4* of fiveThe Publisher Says: “A brief and majestic debut.” —Matías Néspolo,  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, se [...]

    2. Briefly: A not-entirely satisfying novella, disappointing with missed opportunity; it’s a little more satisfying (very little more) if regarded as a long short story. Still puzzling over a rating, but might reach one by the end of this review-ette. Tochtli (Rabbit; all the characters, save one, have Nahuatl names signifying an animal) is the spoiled son of a Mexican drug lord living in palatial glory somewhere in rural Mexico. He has his own tutor, and he has servants who attempt to make his w [...]

    3. It's a testament to this novella's technical proficiency that it managed to lightly tug my heartstrings over a pair of sick Liberian pygmy hippopotamuses. It's a rational little slip of a highly managed freakout, a system of recurring words/phrases that made me all the while aware I was reading fiction. That's the challenge with whimsical stuff like this, even if about corrupted innocence, even if suggestive of large-scale contemporary political corruption and historical revolutionaries. In gene [...]

    4. I'm not sure how to describe why I like this. I just know that in this novella, Villalobos manages to have a child narrator tell me something twisted, disturbing, very strange, yet also humorous. No subtleties abound within the crudity of this story--except for the taint provided by the child's view. It seems fitting that a child tells it. The story moves in jolts, relying on the normalcy of the everyday realities of a young boy, until you realize that there is nothing normal about Tochtli's lif [...]

    5. El cuento está escrito desde primera mano. Es fácilmente comprensible que no hay influencias del pensamiento de otros autores. En todo caso, la historia es muy lejas de los 500 años que separan la población azteca a un cultuta mexicana modernizada; cosas que cuando pedí prestado en la biblioteca "Fiesta en la madriguera" me imaginaba que iba a leer vicisitudes del pueblo aztecas como per ejemplo el aspecto sangriento que hicieron con la práctica de sacrificios humanos. A pesar del crítico [...]

    6. This book looks at drug lord life through the eyes of a seven-year-old son of a drug kingpin in Mexico. What starts out as potentially-charming narration by a precocious child quickly turns chilling & disturbing. I think the book is deceptively simple (since the narration mimics a 7yo, plus its short length) but the deeper observations & messages are heartbreaking. It hit hard for me. Maybe because I'm a parent? A simple, yet immensely hard, book.

    7. Muy buena la de idea satirizar y ridiculizar de esta forma la vida del narco desde los ojos del hijo. Lo lees mientras te dura tomarte tu café y te deja con ganas de unos cuantos capítulos más. Lo de María Antonieta y Luis XVI me hizo mucha gracia. Lo demás obvio no. Por qué este año se selecciona como uno de los mejores libros si se publica hace siete? Quién sabe!

    8. সাত বছরের ছেলে বাপের কাছে বায়না ধরতেই পারে। কিন্তু এই উপন্যাসের বক্তা "তচৎলি" নামের মা-মরা ছেলেটি আর আট দশটি ছেলের মত নয়। তচৎলি-র বাপ মেক্সিকোর একজন প্রতাপশালী ড্রাগলর্ড। দুর্গম অঞ্চলে বিলা [...]

    9. Super-short novella, more of a short story, with about 20% of the Kindle edition taken up by the introduction and glossary. It's good, though, and the brevity fits the narrative, since the narrator is a child. Tochtli is the son of a Mexican drug baron, living an isolated life in a 'palace' where he has his own zoo, a private tutor and a vast collection of hats. He knows little of the outside world, but his every whim is catered to; in the second chapter, Tochtli, his father and a companion/henc [...]

    10. УНИКАЛНА КНИГА! Увлича читателя и засяга страшно много теми по оригинален начин - от гледната точка на едно сравнително малко момче. Корицата също е единствена по рода си - всяка една фигурка е свързана с историята, често ми се случваше да я поглеждам докато чета, за да напра [...]

    11. Down the Rabbit Hole نوفيلا صغيرة ممتعة ومكتوبة بذكاء على لسان طفل، هذا الطفل ليس إلا ابن أحد قادة كارتيلات المخدرات المكسيكية، يهتم هذا الطفل الذي يعيش بلا أم بأشياء غريبة لا يهتم بها الأطفال عادة وقد لا يعرفونها، يهتم مثلاً بالمقصلة الفرنسية ويتحدث عن قطع الرؤوس مراراً، يهتم بالقب [...]

    12. Com pouco mais de seis meses de blog, identifiquei um traço curioso no meu processo de escrita. Eu costumo ter uma dificuldade muito grande de escrever resenhas sobre livros de que gostei. De todas as resenhas que escrevi, as mais fáceis foram a dos livros Liberdade de Jonahtan Franzen e Los días del arcoiris doSkármeta. Exatamente dois livros de que não gostei muito Não sei exatamente o porquê do fenômeno, mas sei que as coisas funcionam assimDigo isso porque tive uma dificuldade enorme [...]

    13. “Festa no Covil” (2010) é o primeiro livro do escritor mexicano Juan Pablo Villalobos (n. 1973), com apenas 82 páginas; nem novela, nem romance, nem conto, mas sim um pequeno “meteorito” literário, uma pequena grande preciosidade, sobre a vida quotidiana de Tochtli/Usagi/Junior López, o narrador, um miúdo, filho de um poderoso chefe narcotraficante mexicano, Yolcaut ou “El Rey”, que vive fechado no “palácio”, com horários bem definidos, que adora chapéus, samurais, palavr [...]

    14. Мехико! Мехико! Има нещо гнило в Мехико!Преди да премина към книгата ми се иска да разгледаме ситуацията в Мексико. Нещо като кратка прелюдия. През 2006 г. мексиканското правителство започва мащабна операция, която се разраства в откровена война срещу наркокартелите. Целта на [...]

    15. Малка книжка, но важна. Чете се бързо, ще се помни дълго. Напомня "Животът пред теб" на Гари, но е по-екзотична.

    16. This book is bullshit.(It pains me to say that since I love the work of And Other Stories and Rosalind Harvey, but really. There is a joy in how seven-year-olds organize their thoughts that is *totally* lost here. And don't pull that "but he's a precocious seven year old!" because that's not just a janky way of excusing sloppy writing, but incredibly precious. OK, whatever, so he's a precious seven-year-old narrator. Even if I give Villalobos that, if I extend my disbelief to such an extreme deg [...]

    17. Крушата не пада по-далеч от дървото. Покъртително. И мерзко.Усеща се, като The Dancer Upstairs (/8Z16a8).И снимките, но те са твърде мълниеносни: bo/fn3rFAДобавям и саундтрак O Children - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds youtube/watch?v=ilTSnKСещам се и за Бъни Мънроу на Ник Кейв, подобна история - дете умник баща урод. Както и " [...]

    18. Dari paragraf pembukanya, buku ini sudah memikatku:Some people say I’m precocious. They say it mainly because they think I know difficult words for a little boy. Some of the difficult words I know are: sordid, disastrous, immaculate, pathetic and devastating. There aren’t really that many people who say I’m precocious. The problem is I don’t know that many people. I know maybe thirteen or fourteen people, and four of them say I’m precocious. They say I look older. Or the other way arou [...]

    19. Damn, man, And Other Stories is KILLING IT! These dudes are an inspiration to me, and I'm about to subscribe to them, because after reading just Down the Rabbit Hole and Swimming Home, seems like it's worth every penny (or shilling, or whatever the shit they call the smallest level of currency they use in High Wycombe, UK!). It's properly inspiring that a nonprofit literary publisher can start up anywhere in the English-speaking world and have their first book be the debut novel in English by Ju [...]

    20. Written from the point of view of a child called Tochtli, this is not your usual novel with a child protagonist. Tochtli’s father is the leader of a powerful gang and he lives in a secluded mansion in excessive wealth fueled by drugs. Both darkly disturbing and unsettlingly funny, this is about a pampered but isolated child’s quest to be ‘macho’ and to own a Liberian pygmy hippopotamus.

    21. Чудесно и увлекателно написана, задаваща въпроси, които нямат отговор, без излишна захар. Препоръчвам.

    22. Давам само 5 звезди, защото не мога да дам повече.Жестока, иронична и покъртителна книга.

    23. Chosen for my read around the world challenge, this time in Mexico. This is a story told from the perspective of Tochtli, a boy with a unique point of view - his father Yolcaut is a powerful figure in the cartel business with plans to make it to the tippy-top of the organization through any means necessary. It is a cartel, after all. Throughout the majority of this book, Tochtli is preoccupied with obtaining a Liberian pygmy hippo, all while plunking down insidiously creepy or odd facts about hi [...]

    24. Featuring two of the most repulsive characters I have "met" lately and doing so just about a hundred pages would be enough merit for Villalobos, but managing to make such a repulsive character out of a (seven year old?) kid is even more of a merit.In this short novel with clear surreal undertones there seems to be a central theme surrounding "good and evil" as a series of choices. Tochtli (nahuatl for rabbit) is a kid who is beyond spoiled as he has grown isolated in some "narcopalace" surrounde [...]

    25. Una historia del Narco atraves de los los ojos de un niño y de la pluma de Juan Pablo Villalobos, autor Mexicano contemporáneo de recientes inicios y quien nos presenta su primera novela. Relata un tema cada vez mas cercano y nos lo muestra con un cristal infantil sobresaltando la fidelidad y lealtad familiar que existe en este círculo.Los ojos de su protagonista Tochtli oscilan en sus limitados deseos e intereses que se centran en las guillotinas y los franceses, sombreros de todos tipos (es [...]

    26. Nu am găsit nicio recenzie în care să fie abordată tema principală pe care eu am identificat-o în această carte, lăsând la o parte situația tragică din Mexic. "Fiesta în bârlog" este o critică adusă la societatea mexicană însă întreaga situație este văzută prin perspectiva unui copil, al cărui tată este supranumit Regele și reprezintă unul dintre cei mai influenți și evident, bogați, traficanți de droguri din țară. M-am axat cel mai profund pe înțelegerea urmă [...]

    27. Tochtli is seven years old. He lives with his father, Yolcaut, otherwise known as 'The King', in a heavily guarded compound somewhere in Mexico. Yocault is a drugs baron. Their only visitors are hit men, prostitutes and the occasional corrupt polician. Tochtli loves samurai, hats and dictionaries, and dreams of adding a rare Liberian pygmy hippopotamus to his private zoo. There's a good chance he'll get it, but at what price? The drug war is escalating, body parts are popping up on TV and the ne [...]

    28. "Либерийските хипопотами джуджета са безшумни машини за масово унищожаване на бурените. Затова се наричат тревопасни – опасни за тревата." "Да си на прага на изчезване значи, че измираш до крак." "Нека бъдем реалисти" е любимият израз на реалистите.""Енигматичен" разказ за ст [...]

    29. It's often difficult to find truly funny humor novels. It's even harder when the humor novels need to be published in English from another language, which almost invariably results in a lot of the humor literally being lost in translation. Down the Rabbit Hole suffers from neither.Basically a short novella about a kid who lives with a Mexican crime syndicate and is obsessed with Liberian pygmy hippos, the observations from his point of view and the absolute lunacy that occurs throughout the stor [...]

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