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Lurigancho Paperback – May 17, 2013
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Given that, I was anxious to read a personal account by one of the major protagonists in this history.
What first struck me about this book was how well it was written and how very polished the prose and outlay were.
It was highly readable, intelligent and energetic. On that account, it deserved four stars or higher.
I was less favorably impressed by the prominent role lavish accounts of gratuitous violence overwhelmed what could have been an important document into the philosophy and action of a principal in the BEL. There is no doubt that the subject matter of this account was inescapably and horrifically violent, but to use this as a vehicle to introject tension into the narrative was unnecessary. And, while the author claims there is no fictionalization in his story, it is clear that
the book is patterned along the lines of a bloodthirsty, action-packed adventure and many tired cliches and tales too representative of the genre to be realistic abound, to the point where it is clear the need to aggrandize for the sake of thrills dominates over the more serious need to fashion a serious, historically-based account.
So, we have a situation where a great opportunity has been seconded to the need for sensationalism and yet all is not lost: the author nevertheless retains a cool lucidity and intelligent assessment of the story as it unfolds.
As long as the reader has the ability to filter out the garish and lurid superficial facade that appears on casual examination to be the sole purpose of the book, he or she will be rewarded by the smooth and savvy perspective of
a truly remarkable man who travelled a route through life powered by a cosmic energy and faith largely lost to the world today.
If only people such as the author would return in force to try to change the world once again
In summary, I will say this, I started the book at 11 am on my rear deck under a cloudless mid-morning sky and finished it on the front porch just before the sun dropped below the mountain....it was a fast, terrifying ride!