When the eldest son of an attractive family inexplicably kills a security guard and promptly takes flight, the brother and mother he leaves behind are not - as might be expected - ostracized. Instead the insatiable media celebrate their plight, transfixed by their misfortune. They become media darlings. When the second murder occurs, they are full-fledged stars. The issues of life and death, ethics and morality, notoriety and anonymity - all are deconstructed and rebuilt in the form of a brilliant narrative that portrays our society's obsession with fame.
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Original Language: Spanish
When the teenage narrator's brother kills an abusive security guard and goes on the lam with a glamorous young woman, they and their families become pop-culture heroes, living out roles that are as twisted as the media's account of the original crime. Loriga describes the horror, that "oozes into your family and becomes part of it, and that's what changes everything...I'm not saying I approve, don't get me wrong, I'm just saying there's two sides to every gun. There's a person at each end." The process of victimization, from an impulsive criminal act to mass public gorging on televised swill, is depicted skillfully and nondidactically. Loriga's economical, vaguely Hemingwayesque style is well suited to the story. A popular novelist in Spain, where this work was a best seller, Loriga is not well known here, but this book?and the film that is in the works?could be his big break internationally. Recommended for public and academic libraries.?Jim Dwyer, California State Univ. Lib., Chico
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