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Mexican Gothic de Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Mexican Gothic (edició 2020)

de Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Autor)

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"The acclaimed author of Gods of Jade and Shadow returns with a darkly enchanting reimagining of Gothic fantasy, in which a spirited young woman discovers the haunting secrets of a beautiful old mansion in 1950s Mexico"--
Membre:L.Reiske
Títol:Mexican Gothic
Autors:Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Autor)
Informació:Random House of Canada (2020), 320 pages
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Mexican Gothic de Silvia Moreno-Garcia

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    The Changeling de Victor LaValle (TooBusyReading)
    TooBusyReading: Both involve some horror and creepiness, but I like The Changeling more than I liked Mexican Gothic.
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    The Once and Future Witches de Alix E. Harrow (Horishny95)
    Horishny95: I enjoyed Mexican Gothic very much. Would recommend this for those who like revenge.
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Un romanzo gotico ambientato in un piccolo villaggio dell'entroterra messicano: già questo basta a suscitare interesse, perché siamo abituati ad associare il gotico ad atmosfere cupe e nebbiose, non certo al sole dell'america latina. Gli archetipi del genere però ci sono tutti: l'antica dimora piena di misteri, uomini loschi e fascinosi nonché l'immancabile fanciulla da salvare.
Parte piano, si può dire che fino ad oltre metà ci muoviamo in una lunga introduzione che serve a gettare le basi della storia e a farci conoscere i personaggi; poi la vicenda prende il via ed assume tinte più marcatamente horror, con un colpo di scena niente male sul finale [SPOILER]- la tragica sorte di Agnes, né morta né viva ma condannata ad una sofferenza eterna, è veramente d'impatto-[SPOILER].
La trama è solida ed i personaggi di contorno ben caratterizzati: a non funzionare è la protagonista, che sembra non trovare mai una sua dimensione, rimanendo sempre in balia delle circostanze senza mai riuscire a prendere una posizione netta. Non aiuta il fatto che le sia stato affibbiato una sorta di cavaliere senza macchia e senza paura, con cui intreccerà una fiacca storia d'amore inserita con l'unico scopo di allungare il brodo e far felici le amanti del romance.
Aggiungo a margine che la vicenda avrebbe potuto svolgersi nell'800 come ai giorni nostri e non avrebbe fatto la minima differenza, l'ambientazione anni '50 è puramente nominale.
Lo stile non brilla per ricercatezza ma è scorrevolissimo, si arriva alla fine senza neanche accorgersene; è l'intero romanzo in realtà a non spiccare sotto nessun aspetto, pur rimanendo sempre piacevole.
Il classico libro senza pretese, che non vuole offrire nulla più di qualche ora di puro intrattenimento. ( )
  Lilirose_ | Dec 3, 2021 |
While the story is well written and the suspense draws you in, it lost me at the big reveal of what was actually going on, at which point it moved from suspenseful and creepy into just plain silly and gross. ( )
  gothamajp | Nov 10, 2021 |
Well. Don’t read this at night and not near any mushrooms. ( )
  Cerestheories | Nov 8, 2021 |
I was really disappointed by this one. I enjoyed one of Silvia Moreno-Garcia's previous novels, Gods of Jade and Shadow, quite a bit and so was willing to step a little out of my comfort zone for the sake of a good read. My leap of faith was not rewarded. Admittedly that's partly just down to me as a reader: I am not normally one for Gothic or horror novels, and Mexican Gothic contains a lot of content (threatened or implied past sexual assault; body horror; referenced past incest) that I'm just too much of a wimp for.

But even if I set aside my discomfort with those parts of the novel, I just didn't think this was a particularly good book. The much-advertised twist wasn't just foreshadowed, Noémi might as well have walked through the main door of High Place for the first time beneath a carved inscription reading "Chekov's Gun." I could have suspended my disbelief more about the overall plot if there had been a slower and more subtle build. As it was, pretty much from the first mention of fungus/mushroom motifs in the house decor together with the mould on the walls, I said aloud, "Oh, they're controlled by mushrooms." Which was basically right but also not a big reveal you wait with bated breath for past the first half-dozen heavily dropped clues..

Then, too, characterisation is thin, some of the prose clunky or tone-deaf (am really not sure what note Moreno-Garcia thought she was striking when she kept breaking off to describe Noémi's socialite outfits in careful detail), the ending a Netflix horror film cliché, and the sense of place lacking. Yes, there are very clear metaphors here about colonialism and patriarchy, but what makes this "Mexican Gothic" as opposed to a story which could be retold with essentially very little difference about many other parts of the world which Europeans colonised? I honestly couldn't say. I also spent a lot of the book wondering if there was going to be some much more complex twist that centred around identity and colonialism because the Doyle family's role as racist, English colonisers is stressed so much—but Doyle is an Irish name, not English. "Ó Dubhghaill" Irish. If you're saying to yourself "but Arthur Conan", his grandfather was from...

Mostly just a reminder to steer clear from this genre. ( )
  siriaeve | Nov 7, 2021 |
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Moreno-Garcia, Silviaautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Corzo, FrankieNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Green, TimDissenyador de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Scocchera, GiovannaTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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