Monday, January 9, 2012

REVIEW: Life and Adventures of Joaquin Murieta by Yellow Bird

The introduction at the start of the text is an intriguing tale all on its own as it tells of the basis behind the story and the life of the author. It is incredible to read of how many times he story was plagiarized and rewritten. I strongly recommend than anyone who reads his book reads all of the 50 page introduction.The story itself is an unusual one. The 'hero' of the book is a bandit and murderer and yet is the one whom the reader is driven to look up too. The detail is beautifully done concerning all aspects of the tale. The descriptions, the characters, and the very aspects of violence contained within the pages masterfully done to illicit a reaction from the reader and a respect for Joaquin Murieta. In a way, the novel being written to give the state a hero is the very reason that one would hope for a happy ending. Practically all tales that feature a hero have the hero coming out "on top," or in this case, escaping to life a happy life.  This doesn't justify the revenge but rather causes the reader to mentally justify it so that their hero could win.  There are few who actively wish to see the ero fail.The novel is quiet detailed in many aspects including the environment and the individuals that populate it.  And in turn the violence is then given just as much attention as the rest of the 'world' and may seem to be more highly detailed as opposed to other writings due to this attention to detail.

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