(Barefoot Dogs) [PDF/EBOOK] ↠ Antonio Ruiz–Camacho

Varying writing styles of the differen The patriarch of a wealthy family in Mexico is kidnapped and family members scatter to Europe And The United States In the United States in One son is left behind in the family to monitor the situation These stories are linked but not in a linear fashion and ach family members situation These stories are linked but not in a linear fashion and Healing Souls each family members is discussed in the storiesIt s uite rare to read stories of Mexicans or Mexican life where the stories are of well to do characters and not just the poor Injoyed reading these stories and rushed through them trying to find out Seductive Surrender exactly what has happened to the father Ruiz Camacho is a fine writer and I can t wait to read by him325 stars If you keep youryes trained straight ahead you might be able to convince yourself that the horrible thing going on in the periphery of your vision isn t really happening That s what reading these short stories is like The horrible thing and this isn t a spoiler is the kidnapping and torture of the patriarch of an affluent family in Mexico City The stories are all inter related ach one foc The patriarch of a wealthy Mexico City family disappears Kidnappings are common and the grown children most with families of their own do not respond to ransom reuests Pieces of their father begin to arrive in the mailThe family scatters leaving their home and privileged lives out of guilt panic and genuine concern over possible continued violence Ruiz Camacho s linked short stories takes up these lives in cities spread across the United States One son with his wife and child and dog winds up in Paris He s paying a lot of money for a tiny apartment in an xclusive neighborhood The washerdryer in the kitchen both mystifies and depresses him but you have to realize that this is a man who has never before made his own coffeeSome family members are able to bring at least one servant with them to their new homes In Austin a young woman once a maid has been let go and is making her own way by working in a McDonald s Children as specially baffled by the changes although a pair of teenagers left largely on their own in a nice Manhattan apartment are creating a world of their own That bit about making one s own coffee is the type of detail that could make these people asy to mock but Ruiz Camacho does not play situations for laughs America is a nation of immigrants right We love their stories These are immigrants of a particular class but their assimilation into contemporary American society has many of the hallmarks of other immigrant narratives only minus the poverty Still these are people who know there is no going back The one son who has stayed on in the family s Mexico City mansion lives alone with the ghost of this nanny 35 Barefoot Dogs is a slender volume of connected short stories glimpsing at the lives of a wealthy Mexican family after the patriarch has been kidnapped Each story is about a son daughter mistress maid or other relative displaced in Palo Alto New York Austin and Spain It is an unusual book subtle and thought provoking I was left wishing for Review can also be found in my blog Dogs is a book that demands we relish very word and revel in its phemeral nature It is a slender collection of only 140 pages of content that xudes sophistication and relevance The narrative follows the Arteagas a wealthy Mexican family who is forced to xpatriate and abandon their ancestral home in Mexico after the patriarch Jose Victoriano Arteaga is kidnapped by a drug gang and all their liv I m very taken with this one I appreciate a book that forces me to look at and The Deepest Sin evaluate things differently This is a novel comprisedntirely of short stories An interesting concept and an xcellent bookThe book is about the aftermath of a kidnapping of a wealthy patriarch in Mexico City Jose Victoriano Arteaga A kidnapping that occurs off page Because of the gang violence in Mexico this vent has significant implications to the family They are forced to flee the country The book is a series of short stories of how this vent impacted various members of his xtended family view spoiler It Will Be Awesome Before Spring A young man planning his summer trip to Italy learns a little about how not so wealthy people in Mexico live only. Artín flees Mexico City with his wife newborn son and dog Isolated and homesick in Madrid Martín awakes one sticky hot morning uietly overwhelmed by the circumstances his growing aversion to his son the dog’s sudden illness and the vag. .

An xcellent collection that presents the reader with a kaleidoscopic view into an upperclass Mexican family tragedy Similar to Jennifer Egan s A VISIT FROM THE GOON SUAD in the way it combines narrative ingenuity one story is a single strung out 15 page sentence another is nothing but dialogue with the intimate xamination of a singular vent and it s implications It s not until the perfect final story that the whole collection ties itself together but it s well worth the waitHighly recommended A good debut by an author with potential In these interconnected first person stories the xtended family of a patriarch react to his kidnapping and repercussions Most run to America dispersed from their family and comfortable lifestyle While generally downbeat the book has a lot of heart and hopeOne criticism I have is that it s hard to tell the relationships of all the people in the book at first It s ok to flip to the back because in my dition there is a very helpful family tree Not being someone who looks at the nd of a book I missed it and wish it was up front ANTONIO RUIZ CAMACHOBarefoot Dogs StoriesFICTIONNew York ScribnerHardcover 978 147684960 also available as book156 pages 2300March 10 2015Reviewed for Lone Star Literary Life by Michelle Newby 4515 Most of the Mexicans we read about in the United States are immigrants maids janitors day laborers and the like In this country we don t often read about Mexicans in Mexico unless they re drug lords cartel kingpins and their nforcers or the poor desperate classes victimized by them We almost never get fiction in English telling the other side of that conflict So Antonio Ruiz Camacho s Barefoot Dogs Stories is a rare thing on this side of the Rio Bravo Ruiz Camacho tells the stories of the wealthy privileged cultured and ambitious let s go ahead and call them plutocrats Arteaga family of Mexico City He has an uncanny Le valeureux guerrier ear for the prattle of pampered children trying adulthood on for size and for conveying their sheltered lives It is the year we meet people who don t live in the same neighborhoods as usIt is the year we get to know real artists who rent studios in dangerous districts on the other side of the city and it is the year we socialize with historians and anthropologists and performance artists and bookditors who live paycheck to paycheck and don t have cars these are fascinating glamorous people who ride the subway and take taxicabs It turns out to also be the year of kidnappings when the patriarch fails to come home from the office one day the year the blinders come off This collection of linked short fiction follows the diminished fortunes of the children and grandchildren who are forced to flee the country for their own safety Okie follows grandson Bernardo a third grader acting out as he tries to adjust to a new life with his parents in Palo Alto In Origami Prunes set in Austin daughter Laura indulges a certain nihilism as she searches for purpose Grandchildren Homero and Ximena are stranded in New York before their parents join them high on whatever they can find trying to Snowflakes on the Sea escape homesickness and limbo Perhaps most movingly Deers is told from the point of view of Laura s maid who had to leave her own children in Mexico when the Arteagas fled not all privilege has been left behind The bear in the McDonald s is an apt metaphor for the Arteagas diaspora they re all in unfamiliar places trying to figure out how they got there and how to get home In Better Latitude the grandfather s mistress He loved us the same way people like him love pedigree dogsxpensive cars time shares in Acapulco tries to shield their son from Mexico s version of strange fruit while deciding whether they should leave too because her child carries his father s name Martin and Catalina try to adjust to the alien landscape of Madrid with their infant son It doesn t the alien landscape of Madrid with their infant son It doesn t that visions of Grandpa continue to haunt them as they scatter In the Wrathful Chaos: Five Books of Satanic Philosophy end Grandpa is not the only one lost they all are Barefoot Dogs is anxploration of the reverberations of violence in the lives of the survivors This book has a uite interesting structure with several short stories being connected by one family hit by tragedy I liked the. This story was originally published in Day One a weekly literary journal dedicated to short fiction and poetry from merging writersAfter the violent shadowy vents surrounding his father’s disappearance and his sibling’s disbandment .

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To come home to face his grandfather s kidnapping The lead story is truly the beginning The family has not yet reacted This set the for how wealthy and privileged the Arteaga family is and how disconnected from the world them An xpose on how other people live and function in an nvironment that they haven t Humanism: The Greek Ideal and its Survival ever had toven acknowledge xisted until now Rousing start Okie Bernardo Bosch a 13 year old boy has recently and rapidly relocated to Palo Alto California from Mexico under secret circumstances No xplanations are given He misses his friends cousins grandfather tc but his parents refuse to
him when they will return adjustment to America is slow and his social interactions are almost nonexistent Ambrose is a white girl Okie who thinks he s weird but befriends him His mother is taking swimming lessons with him and it mbarrasses him He acts out in ways that mbarrass her so she will stop taking the lessons This story goes into detail of the challenges of integration into their new location and the difficulties of adjusting on the family specially when they are not aware of the circumstances of the relocation Bernardo is Jose Arteaga s grandson His mother is Arteaga s daughter The story centers on Bernardo s adjustment but very cleverly conveys the mother s adjustment and coming to terms as well This story also touched on the impacts upon the hired family servants one of whom relocated along with the familyOrigami Prunes In this story Laura the daughter of Jose Arteaga deals with her adjustment to relocation to Austin Tx In this story Laura an older woman has a passionate love affair with a young man while she processes the disappearance of her father Bittersweet tale involving dryers Laura is drawn so well here as a lost soul Both odd and poignant One of the most motionally affecting of this collectionI Clench My Hands into Fists and They Look Like Someone Else s Grandchildren Homero and Ximena brother and sister are mysteriously sent to Brooklyn NY ahead of parents They are trying to process their situation without much information or guidance They are also teenagers in the midst of growing up with lots of secrets much information or guidance They are also teenagers in the midst of growing up with lots of secrets confusion and no too much guidance at the moment A good story though not one of my favorites I think that Camacho is doing a great job of distinguishing the characters and the feel of the different places that they relocateDeers An interesting story that centers around the hired help brought to America when scaping violence is now on her own trying to survive in Austin by working at McDonalds Susy was Laura s maid now Laura has disappeared and Susy now stranded must figure out how to survive and still send money home for her own children As Susy arrives to work there is a police car there with sirens and lights blaring Susy s friends fear it is immigration and Susy might be in danger In reality a bear has broken into McDonalds and the situation finds her pondering her life and the lives of her friends while they wait to find out if they have to work that day It also is an adventure that stirs her imagination away from the dreariness and monotony of her Desire in Seven Voices everyday life as shekes out a living on the margins One of the best stories in this amazing collectionBetter Latitude Jose Arteaga s mistress learns of his kidnapping and grasps with the adjustments that must come for her and her 6 year old son This story details the oldest son meeting his father s mistress and his youngest brother for the first time to tell them to leave Mexico City while they still can Some disturbing images and processes in this one as the mothermistress sums up the true meaning of her xistence these few years She wants for her son Her Odor First The strangest of the tales of a maid of the grandfather and the house once the children scaped The maid is a ghost who lives with the oldest son Jose as he grapples with receiving bits and pieces of his father in delivered parcelsBarefoot Dogs the final story of a son s scape to Madrid with his wife and daughter and his nonstop guilt over leaving his family and father The imagery is juxtaposed with a terminally ill dog they have rescued but cannot save Again so brilliantly poignant hide spoile. Ue unresolved danger from his abandoned homeland Gripping disturbing and moving Barefoot Dogs is a story about the struggle of a man who stranged from his home and traumatized by his past is trying to be a father after the loss of his own. ,

Barefoot Dogs