- File Size: 2308 KB
- Print Length: 330 pages
- Publisher: Anker Frankoni (April 25, 2014)
- Publication Date: April 25, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00JY8SXBW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,406,769 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Mexican Eskimo Book 1: Exmikan Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
When reviewing a book like this, it is sometimes hard to convey the path that the author takes. I find as a reviewer, it is better to share my perspectives of the book rather than give a summary of what happened. I could never do it justice, so I will not try. What I will do is tell you that the characters and their actions hold a true voice. They are at times dark and certainly flawed, but each of the cast paraded in front of the reader on the page, allows us to enter into this highly personal world that the author has given us.
I will say that this book may not be for everyone. At times, I even took pause while reading wondering if the language and the descriptions of some of the events were something I wanted to read. However, having completed the book, I feel that the author gave his tale life and depicted it in the way he felt best. His language and formation of the story may not have been what I would have done, but I am not the author. Anker’s vision and dedication to the book is an impressive one. For that, I applaud him.
A. What *Exmikan* Is Not About:
One concern I had about the book upon seeing the title was that it would treat racial/ethnic categories and cultural distinctions lightly. That fear was unwarranted. Inasmuch as Frankoni deals with Eskimo and Mexican peoples and their respective histories as symbols within this autobiographical novel, he demonstrates knowledge of relevant cultural details and never fails to acknowledge his fundamental distance from these subjects. He doesn't pretend to speak to these cultural experiences in an authentic way, or that's my reading anyway. The narrative tone of this work provides the best evidence for my view; it is never without irony or several notes of warm, self-deprecating humor. As such, the presumption necessary for appropriation of a foreign culture for fundamentally inauthentic purposes is a virtual impossibility in this context. This is no lighthearted comedy, so the nature of the work does not suggest light treatment or casual consideration of these topics within the larger context of Frankoni's own narrative.
B. What This *Mexican Eskimo* Thing Is About:
*Exmikan* is a tremendously personal work of art; Frankoni bravely presents his search for meaning in life, which begins in despair, to the reader. The subject of the story (or rather, stories) is his relatives' lives and of course, by extension, his own. Between Frankoni's two parents' families, an enormous spectrum of human vices and virtues are represented in stark relief. The tales to which the reader is privy are unforgettable -- heartwarming, triumphant, sympathetic, inspiring, horrifying, tragic, alienating, bewildering, tragicomic, magical and absurd. Rich and varied insight, humility, humor, and compassion distinguish Frankoni's narrative voice throughout the work. It is a brave, ambitious artistic project by any measure, and to my mind it is a great success. I am very grateful to have experienced this book and would advise other readers to try this work; in doing so, you will join the author on a personal, strange, resonant once-in-a-lifetime journey. The author gives himself wholly to this work, and we who experience are the beneficiaries indeed.
Thank you for reading my ideas; I hope they provide some perspective on what this book has to offer. I fear my comments are too vague, but the stories told are so dramatic and inimitably told that I dare not summarize any part of the plot(s) of these interconnected narratives.
The fore-warning is that this book will upset some people given the nature of the content. Some may well feel that Anker approaches the subject matter with just a little too much gusto, a little too enthusiastically. I personally applaud the author for his ability to face such issues with integrity, honesty, some humour and an ability to deal with not only historic abuse within the family but his own as well.
Throughout the book Anker weaves information on current world history/events which ultimately affect various members of his cast of protagonists and victims. Some of the information isn't necessarily available to the general public in other countries (why would I, in the UK, know about the clubs frequented by U.S. military personnel in the Philippines, for example, but this does help give a perspective to the times and events both worldly and personal) and so adds an extra depth to the conditions surrounding much of what happened within the family. At the same time we are given a wonderful array of mythological tales that are linked to the areas his family originate from and their beliefs. These stories of themselves are absolutely fascinating and add hugely to Anker's family saga.
I definitely encourage adults to pick up and read this book!
I chose to review a free softback edition of this book