Carlos Fuentes, the Mexican writer, has the following quote attributed to him:
Writing is a struggle against silence.
Of his many books, I have only read Aura and I wish he had remained silent.
Whenever I visit a country, I try to make it a point to read some of that country’s literature. Aura was one of the two books I picked when I traveled to Mexico in November 2008.
Aura starts with a strange atmosphere and no likable characters, then goes downhill from there. It’s an illogical frenzy of crazy fantasies. One more warning: don’t read it if you like cats!
The second book I picked for my trip to Mexico was The Labyrinth of Solitude by Octavio Paz who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1990. That was even worse because I didn’t understand it at all. It is an obvious attempt to complicate any idea, statement and sentence as much as possible, even beyond comprehension. I reread the first couple of pages again and again, then gave up. If an author thinks he needs to write to impress, he can try to find another reader with more patience.
I am not giving up on Mexican literature yet. It can only get better. Your suggestions are welcome!
And no, the car crash was not my fault.