Pierced by the Sun by Laura Esquivel.Curious genre-spanning novel from Mexico. A disturbed, alcoholic policewoman witnesses an assassination which throws her fragile equanimity into turmoil. Has some detective novel elements which aren't particularly well resolved. Becomes more of a novel of character with an appealing and fascinating protagonist. Dissolves a bit at the end into some disappointly formulaic new age stuff.
Even so I thought it was well worth reading for the main character, and the depiction of the problems of contemporary Mexico. From customer reviews it seems to have frustrated some readers by not falling more clearing into a particular genre, but I thought that made it more interesting. Found it hard to put down myself.
What I'm Reading 2
The Guts by Roddy Doyle. Novel following Jimmy Rabbitte from the Committments, now middle-aged coping with cancer. Decent enough with some funny moments, but gets a bit too cosy and heartwarming. Doesn't have the edge of some of his books.
What I'm Watching
Saw children's animation Song of the Sea, about the children of a lighthouse keeper encountering Irish mythology. Enjoyed it at first, but ended up as I often do watching it in half hour sections in the morning at home, and the mood didn't really last. Might work better for kids.
Politics. Theresa May, Labour PM?
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