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Gringos Paperback – May 1, 2000
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Portis's 1991 comic novel follows protagonist Jimmy Burns, who has expatriated to Mexico to live a quiet existence. Enter a female stalker, Mayan tomb-robbing archaeologists, UFO hunters, and a group looking for psychic happenings. Good, quirky fun.
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"I've always thought Charles Portis had a wonderful talent--original, quirky, exciting. It's an engaging, touching book. -- Larry McMurtry
Charles Portis is perhaps the most original, indescribable sui generis talent overlooked by literary culture in America. -- Ron Rosenbaum, Esquire
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However, the "story" of this book wanders and wanders, seemingly without purpose or direction, then pauses and wanders some more. It is also populated by an excessive number of very minor characters, most identified only by first name. In many instances, references to them are distracting, add passing color at the most, and are simply interruptions from the glacial progress of the main story line (whatever that might be). Portis seems more interested in mood, rather than story.
Reading this book is like walking down a side street and watching a mangy tomcat aimlessly poking around, then sometimes chasing its tail round and around and around, then falling asleep in the same spot it began. Oh yes, and then there are disparate herds of other street cats appearing from time to time and wandering about themselves, with no more apparent purpose than numero uno tomcat.
Despite Portis' descriptive skill as a writer, this aimlessness was unsatisfying and could hold this reader's attention only so long.