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So this young lad from Irish descent has a vision of life in the dust of Texas farmlands - and that vision happens to be so well defined that in one short story he stands like a man with a very promising future. The quality of prose paints places and people so well that he can be compared very comfortably to writers such as his inspired guide Cormac McCarthy, and Colm Tóibín and Carson McCullers. In his author's statement he leaves a message for us all: ' Writing is still the most profound and direct method of storytelling we have. People say the novel is dying but I say the novel will die last of all. Writing is unique in its ability to connect two people and transmit a story from one mind to another. There is nothing else like that. Who would want to live in a world without books?'
His story involves three young lads who work on the Tobin Ranch east of El Paso (of note, the Tobins immigrated from Ireland!) and the lads - Ashton Modine, Arliss Ermey (on Tobin ranch since kids in child protection service) are 5 years older than the somewhat naïve John Paul McGrath. The boys are off to Las Cruces to drink, get some women, and escape from the current tenor of the Tobins (Mrs.Tobin is dying of cancer and Mr. Tobin has turned to drink). The boys end up in a filthy bar - La Luna - in Las Cruces, get drunk, make and attempt to get women, and are faced with a threat that has its consequences for their needed diversion. They return to the Tobin Ranch, changed.
Though the story is very strong and carries a tremendous impact in its brevity, it is the prose that flows so comfortably from Lalui's pen that makes it magical, like the opening paragraph alone: `A pickup rode north on route eighty out of El Paso. Heat rose from the ground before it like a fog, twisting the air so that the road and the entire Mesilla Valley looked like a melted photograph. To the east the Organ mountains stretched upward like fingers from a grave and to the west was the Rio Grande flowing behind a few good miles of bottomland.' Writing like this doesn't come around often, and when it does, it demands our close attention. Ardin Lalui appears to have a very solid future. Watch him. Grady Harp, December 12
The story centers around three young men driving a pickup through Texas to the small town of Las Cruces, New Mexico. They all work at the Tobin Ranch as cowhands, but are treated as the sons of the Tobins. They are depressed about Mrs.Tobin's mortal illness and Mr. Tobin's subsequent hard drinking. They are looking for a good time! They pull into town and enter a drab bar named La Luna. On page sixteen, JP, the youngest of the three friends, looks around and says to himself "...it was about the kind of place where nothing good would ever happen to them..." This is where I stop, you will have to read this winsome short story for yourself to find out what happens next.
Mr. Lalui does flash the reader his budding talent, and I would like to see more extensive work from him in the future. Even though he only had 44 pages to work with, it's surprising how much empathy this reviewer had for the characters. There wasn't much time for the author to give the reader a warm feeling about anything, but somehow he succeeded. Kudos to this promising Irish author, who writes westerns!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a digital copy of this book free from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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