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“Perfectly formed . . . Although easily devoured in one sitting, this clever little book is to be contemplated at length afterwards.” —The Guardian

“Showing how a child absorbs violence without awareness that something is wrong is a tricky endeavor. Mr. Villalobos nails it.” —Susannah Meadows, The New York Times

Down the Rabbit Hole is a miniature high-speed experiment with perspective . . . A deliberate, wild attack on the conventions of literature.” —Adam Thirlwell

“Juan Pablo Villalobos brilliantly encapsulates the chaos of a lawless existence in which, under the sway of drug lords, anything might happen and everything goes . . . Down the Rabbit Hole is an astonishing debut.” —Lucy Popescu, The Independent

“If you’re going to have an imprisoned child narrate a novel, then not so much as a word should be out of place. There are no such slips in Juan Pablo Villalobos’s debut novella. We have here a control over the material which is so tight it is almost claustrophobic . . . This is a novel about failing to understand the bigger picture, and in its absence we can see it more clearly.” —Nicholas Lezard, The Guardian, Choice of the Week

“Villalobos creates Tochtli’s half-corrupt, half-innocent world . . . with a brilliant, tragi-comic light touch.” —Jane Shilling, Daily Mail

“Juan Pablo Villalobos has done a masterful job creating a child narrator . . . Down the Rabbit Hole is, on the surface, innocent, clever and lovable, but its implications are deeply disturbing . . . [it] is a remarkable reflection on the uncontrollable narco violence that defines contemporary Mexico. And it’s an absolute must read.” —The Coffin Factory

“The riveting voice of Tochtli grasps our hearts as we realize that this is a world where even fate can be governed by power. In this miasma of pathos and politics, Down the Rabbit Hole brilliantly incorporates dreams, loyalty and the loss of innocence.” —Alice Tao, The Houston Chronicle


“With this book we have discovered Juan Pablo Villalobos, a linguistic virtuoso able to penetrate the elusive world of literature, shedding light on many of its mysteries.” —José Antonio Aguado, Diari de Terrassa

“With Down the Rabbit Hole, Juan Pablo Villalobos has made a dramatic entrance into the literary world. It is a book that must be read for its great aesthetic value and darkly humorous tone. A book that throws a clear light on a dark subject.” —Teresa García Díaz, Amerika

 

About the Author

Juan Pablo Villalobos was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, in 1973. He studied marketing and Spanish literature. He has researched such diverse topics as the influence of the avant-garde on the work of César Aira and the flexibility of pipelines for electrical installations. He lives in Barcelona, Spain.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: FSG Originals; Original edition (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374143358
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374143350
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #337,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. G. Azevedo on November 30, 2012
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This a story of Tochtli, a seven year old who all wants in life is to have a Liberian pygmy hippopotamus. He is the son of a very rich man and anything is possible...

His father is a drog lord and Tochtli describes the strange circunstances, somewhere in Mexico, they live their lifes, sometimes horrific, sometimes funny, even when the things he discusses are horrendous.

Tochtli lives in a bizarre heavily-guarded world of obscene luxury, and brutal amorality,and he is both childishly innocent and also horribly knowledgeable about things like bullets, corpses, and their disposal.

This is a sharp story and a very much enjoyable novella and to give too much detail would be to spoil what is a wonderful read.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Thad McIlroy on December 13, 2011
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In the New Statesman magazine in the U.K. Sarah Churchwell made it her book of the year, writing that Down the Rabbit Hole "is that rarest of animals, a book that is, to all intents and purposes, perfect." The Guardian newspaper has it shortlisted for Guardian First Book Award. In the U.K. it's published by a new small subscription publisher, And Other Stories Publishing. There's no word if there will be a U.S. publisher: I may have to order it from overseas.
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By D. henderson on January 4, 2013
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Tochtli (his name translates as 'Rabbit') is the young son of a Mexican drug lord. All he wants in life is the proper hat for the task at hand. All he wants for his birthday is a pygmy hippopotamus. Is that too much to ask? It's funny; it's sad in a way I wasn't expecting. It's an all around good read. And at only 70 pages, you have no excuse for dodging this one.
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I had big expectation after reading the 5 stars reviews. About 90 pages . It's ok and not more .
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It was a different and an exceptional read. This author is wonderful.so it sems like i have to come up with 8 more words! Gee whiz
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By Ellen Joy Rickerd on January 4, 2013
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Very cleverly written ... humorous, but dark. The child is caught between his dreams and the reality of his father's world.
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Seeing the madness within the world through the eyes of a curious, spoiled child made this quick novel one to read over and over. Like a fairy tale having a nightmare. This book is beautiful and chilling. Much more than just another novel that centers around heavy drugs.
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Down the Rabbit Hole has one of the best first person narrators. The boy's voice is sad and brave and quirky. Reminds me of Vardaman Bundren from Faulkner's As I Lay Dying. He's so sad and so funny.
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