Josh Barkan’s Mexico: Stories contains tales about life in Mexico as the various characters try to keep themselves from the numerous, yet familiar dangers that surround them.
The stories presented in this collection were able to keep me mildly interested in the details of the characters they portray and the events they find themselves working through; however, as many of the characters offered are iterations of essentially the same person, it made me want this group of stories to be a more strongly related overarching narrative instead of the moderate variety it was. Despite the enjoyable elements of the gritty reality of life presented within these pages, the fact that these tended to come from a relatively narrow and American perspective of dangerous or violent situations in Mexico seem to detract from an opportunity to offer a more comprehensive and international perspective of the country and its people.
Overall, I’d give it a 3 out of 5 stars.
*I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.