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Down the Rabbit Hole: A Novel Paperback – October 2, 2012
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If I had known that this book was literally 1/4 of an inch thick...only 74 pages, I would never have paid $15.70 for it! My daughter will have it read in an hour or less.Published 9 months ago by Ken
I read this in an afternoon. It made the remainder of my day brighter.Published 10 months ago by Viraumus
Great story! A unique story told in the voice of the child of the leader of a drug cartel.Published 21 months ago by CoryAnn
I had big expectation after reading the 5 stars reviews. About 90 pages . It's ok and not more .Published on June 21, 2014 by PLD
On time. in great shape! Fun read. all was just as advertised and in great shape/ condition. a nice job all around.Published on April 3, 2014 by Gilbert Gaytan
This was a very cool book -- an interesting effort to write from the viewpoint of an isolated child. Far from perfect, but very daring and fun.Published on March 24, 2014 by T. Kessler
It's a quick read and written in a very unique way. I laughed out loud many times and have given it as gifts to several people.Published on October 25, 2013 by ErinC
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 whizPublished on May 12, 2013 by tania scales