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The Interior Circuit: A Mexico City Chronicle (Mexico City Chronicles) [Kindle Edition]

Francisco Goldman
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Book Description

Coming off the most successful book of a decorated career—Say Her NameThe Interior Circuit is Francisco Goldman’s timely and provocative journey into the heart of Mexico City.

The Interior Circuit is Goldman’s story of his emergence from grief five years after his wife’s death, symbolized by his attempt to overcome his fear of driving in the city. Embracing the DF (Mexico City) as his home, Goldman explores and celebrates the city, which stands defiantly apart from so many of the social ills and violence wracking Mexico. This is the chronicle of an awakening, both personal and political, “interior” and “exterior,” to the meaning and responsibilities of home. Mexico’s narco war rages on and, with the restoration of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (the PRI) to power in the summer’s 2012 elections, the DF’s special apartness seems threatened. In the summer of 2013, when Mexican organized crime violence and death erupts in the city in an unprecedented way, Goldman sets out to try to understand the menacing challenges the city now faces. By turns exuberant, poetic, reportorial, philosophic, and urgent, The Interior Circuit fuses a personal journey to an account of one of the world’s most remarkable and often misunderstood cities.

Editorial Reviews


So sneakily brilliant it's hard to put into words. --Los Angeles Times An indispensable contribution to the growing body of artistic representations of Mexico's most recent years of darkness. --Los Angeles Review of Books Sentence by sentence, Goldman brings to life a city that is bewitching, terrifying, beautiful... A reporter by trade, a brawler by Bostonian birth, he is a fabulous and wonderfully erratic pilot for this trip across and through the DF, or District Federale, as Mexico City is known. --Boston Globe Altogether moving and eye-opening, The Interior Circuit is as much a love letter to Mexico City as it is to his late wife. --San Francisco Chronicle Engaging and often moving...Such generosity, charm and conviction that the journey is a rewarding one. --Guardian

About the Author

Francisco Goldman is the author of the novels: Say Her Name; The Long Night of White Chickens, winner of the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction; The Ordinary Seaman, a finalist for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award; and The Divine Husband. His last book of non-fiction, The Art of Political Murder, was awarded the Index on Censorship’s TR Fyvel Freedom of Expression Book Award.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1190 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0802122566
  • Publisher: Grove Press (July 2, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,688 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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I fell into the trance of just simple interest based on the Mr. Goldman's extensive writing skills. Before reading the book, I had very little interest in Mexico City, and had a basic belief, stated by one of the people cited in the book, that it was a super polluted massive violent mess. Instead, through Mr. Goldman, I discovered a vibrant the creative class in Mexico City that challenges the belief that Miami is the capital of Latin America. I learned about where they lived, what they were accomplishing, and the fact that their ties to Paris seemed much stronger than their ties to the United States. Mr. Goldman also vividly describes the unsavory character of the Mexican upper class. The second half of the book deals with Mr. Goldman's investigation into a kidnapping outside a club in Mexico City's most popular and generally safe club district, and the results of his investigation lead to interesting conclusions about the drug cartels, their relationship with Mexico outside its capital, and their close relationship to the Mexican government. Mr. Goldman is in love with Mexico City, and considers it his spititual and domestic base, but the reader is left with an impression that it is a City that is growing increasingly corrupt and increasingly unsafe. All in all, I found the book an incredibly readabel eye-opener about a city I had never before taken the time to explore.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Stop half-way through, and its good. February 9, 2015
The first half of the book was excellent. It did a wonderful job of painting a picture of Mexico City - both the culture and the vibe of the city. It told a deep, personal tale of mourning the loss of a spouse, as well as introspection and learning in that process. The story spanned many, many years and was an entertaining, fun, and joyous ride.

Then, came the last... "chapter". The last chapter compromises the second half of the book. Gears shift, the writing style gets repetitive and loses direction. It is no longer personal, but feels more like an extended news article that will never end. It feels essentially un-edited. The author goes into excruciating detail about the political climate, and maniacally focuses on the kidnapping of 13 people from a night club. While a truly sad story, it feels irrelevant to the first half of the book, and is much, much too long. Sadly, I no longer enjoyed picking up the book to read. The chapter could have been condensed into a 20-page Atlantic article, and I'd have been much more content reading it.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A portrait of the author and of the city he loves August 9, 2014
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A fascinating chronicle, of both Mexico City, or DF as it's usually referred to by "chilangos," natives of DF, and the life of author Francisco Goldman. He reveals a Mexico City far richer in interest than the narrow journalistic stories concerning it would have one believe. The book intertwines current events in DF with the life, both past and present, of author Goldman. Although not a native, author Goldman, the US born son of a Guatemalan mother and a Jewish father, has an abiding affection and curiosity for the city. A central figure in the book is that of his late wife, Aura, who died in a tragic accident five years previous to the time the book was written. Goldman details the difficulties he's had in dealing with her demise, often sinking into various bad habits. He treasures the friendships he's been able to maintain. They, as much as anything else, have helped get back on a sure footing.

One section of the book deals with the disappearance, or, as he terms it in Spanish, the "leviton," or literally, lifting, of a group of young people from an after hours nightclub in the posh DF neighborhood called Condesa. Reading all the twists and turns in the investigation, and the difficulty of ever being sure that one can get an accurate account from any division of the government, reveals much of the current state of corruption so prevalent in all levels of official Mexico.

Goldman, however, decries the overweening emphasis on the "narco" culture of Mexico. In brief but revealing portraits of friends and acquaintances, he shows us a Mexico suffused with arts and culture, a Mexico as alive and thriving culturally as any of the more celebrated international capitals of culture.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A very strong personal narrative (and fairly depressing news update) about the great city. Bogs down a bit in the second half, and a few editorial groaners leap off the page (Niño de Antorcha? Cuayamas?) but it all comes together by the end and I put it down feeling satisfied, fully updated on one of my favorite cities, and eager to read it again (the first half, anyway). The writer freely admits that the pop culture/religion side of DF is not his thing but does an admirable job of reporting it anyway, and his political reporting skills yield results that amateur street-roamers like myself can only dream of achieving. Very strong work and a must-read for DF devotees.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for anyone who love Mexico July 18, 2014
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The Interior Circuit: A Mexico City Chronicle is essential reading for anyone who loves Mexico and Mexico City in particular. Goldman intersperses the tale of his wife's premature death and his profound loss with the history of Mexico, current politics, anecdotes of every day life and the challenges of driving in Mexico City. I loved it!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Francisco Goldman on of the best journalist around the reality in...
Francisco Goldman on of the best journalist around the reality in Mexico, describes trough this novel the perspectives of one of the most passionated and amazing cities in the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Daniel Juárez Torres
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent introduction to Mexico City and its politics
An excellent introduction to Mexico City and its politics, in a very personal vein, by a major novelist and journalist.
Published 1 month ago by Milla Cozart Riggio
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Wordy, vain and just plain rubbish. Don't bother.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
this is a book for people familiar with Mexico City, and for them is very interesting and fascinating.
Published 3 months ago by Enrichel
3.0 out of 5 stars I hope to give it a better review soon and get some great travel spots...
I started this book when I was in DF. I didn't finish it. However I plan to finish before my next jaunt down that way. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Bree Clark-pharr
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Thorough reportage with a personal narrative focus.
Published 6 months ago by James M. Robinson
4.0 out of 5 stars This is an extraordinary memoir.
I particularly loved the way he weaved the loss of his wife throughout the book that made his loss even more poignant. Goldman's insight into Mexico's politics was riveting. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Noovella
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Told as it is - no punches pulled...
Published 7 months ago by Lowell T Gordon
4.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating, intimate portrayal of a man and his ...
A fascinating, intimate portrayal of a man and his city. Perhaps a little too focused on one specific event but the author used it well to demonstrate the insidious nature of... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Cary Hoover
4.0 out of 5 stars See inside of DF
Francisco Goldman is a good writer and I learned things about DF that I really didn't want to know. He goes into the underbelly of DF and I like being innocent when I go to visit... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Patricia A. Donahue
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