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God's Middle Finger: Into the Lawless Heart of the Sierra Madre Paperback – March 4, 2008
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God's Middle Finger certainly has its comical elements to it but what I most got out of reading this was the amazing contrast between the lives of Mexicans and those of us Americans right across the border. Life in rural Mexico is difficult, brutal, unforgiving, and spontaneously violent. To balance out the many hardships faced, Mexicans overindulge in alcohol, cocaine, and religious festivities involving a laughably large amount of the two.
The book is almost a perfect length, with a lot of ground covered in the story and never is there a point where it feels as though the author is dwelling too much on a certain point. Despite describing quite successfully the brutal and difficult lives Mexicans face, Grant never comes across as preachy, or that the rest of us are spoiled for enjoying much less violent lives. In fact, on a few occasions he reacts with scorn towards the absurd level of machoism that Meixcan men display, and their often callous disregard for human life.Read more ›
We have had picnics at the side of streams high in the Sierras, have sat in the square in San Bernardo drinking beer scores of times, drank whisky on the river bank in Chinipas, drove hundreds of miles on dirt roads and camped in a tent. We even went down into Batopilas on our 1969 Lambretta with our dog in a basket on the back and spent the night down there.
Although I don't dispute what he is saying, I think that there is also another aspect to this beautiful area. If you go to seek out the danger in any part of the world you will find it, whether it's a city or wilderness. This area is definitely worth a visit and I would hate anyone to miss out because they have read this book.
The book begins with Grant being hunted by half-drunken drug gang members: one of them told him that killing Grant would "please his trigger finger", and Grant is on their home turf--they know the area and he does not. They are having fun--sport--and Grant at this point is terrified. The episode resumes in the last chapter, and in between you see how Grant got into that predicament. This area of Mexico is bad, very bad indeed, but you find that there's really bad and really really bad, and then worse yet. There is no effective difference between the drug gangs and what passes for law enforcement. In one town the police chief and some of his men make Grant join them in snorting lines of cocaine, and as touchy as the situation becomes, it's a walk in the park compared to much of what Grant encounters. But Grant keeps returning, pushing deeper into the worst parts of the area, pushing the envelope.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
read it, dont want to live it. i am glad im not that young anymore. viva mexico it is. jdPublished 26 days ago by Jonathan P. Darsey
A good adventure story for those who like vicarious danger. It does not present Mexican culture in a very positive light. Makes me not want to go there.Published 1 month ago by Russell Cornell
Rambling, somewhat pointless narrative in which nothing really happens. Some anecdotal history of Mexico and the drug culture is about its only redeeming value.Published 3 months ago by Michael C. Karwowski
Very entertaining read. Everything horrific you've heard about traveling to Mexico by land is true!Published 3 months ago by Oso
I liked the author's sense of humor, and his descriptive language.
I will recommend this book to anyone who appreciates history, social studies, and going on a fantastic... Read more
This was very enjoyable, but ended very abruptly. One feels the constant risk that the author thrives on throughout the book. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Michael Dornik
Great book! Very interesting and one that is hard to put down. Makes me want to run off to Mexico for an adventure!!Published 5 months ago by Tyler Wilkins