Download e-book for kindle: Destiny and Desire: A Novel by Carlos Fuentes

By Carlos Fuentes

ISBN-10: 0679604456

ISBN-13: 9780679604457

Winner of the Cervantes Prize

Carlos Fuentes, one of many world’s such a lot acclaimed authors, is on the top of his powers during this gorgeous new novel—a terrific epic of ardour, magic, and hope in smooth Mexico, a wealthy and memorable tapestry set in an international the place loose will fights with the needs of the gods.

Josué Nadal has misplaced greater than his innocence: He has been robbed of his life—and his posthumous narration units the tone for a brilliantly written novel that blends mysticism and realism. Josué tells of his fateful assembly as a thin, awkward teenager with Jericó, the lively boy who turns into his dual, his ally, and his shadow. either orphans, the 2 younger males intend to spend their lives in highbrow pursuit—until they input an grownup panorama of intercourse, crime, and ambition that might try out their pledge and change their lives forever.

Idealistic Josué is going to paintings for a high-tech visionary whose lovely assistant will introduce him to a lifetime of hope; cynical Jericó is enlisted via the Mexican president in a scheme to promote happiness to the impoverished plenty. On his trip right into a internet of illegality within which he'll be estranged from Jericó, Josué is aided and impeded by way of a solid of unforgettable characters: a mad, imprisoned assassin with a caution of revenge, a chic aviatrix and addict looking to be stored, a prostitute shared via either males who could have murdered her method right into a impressive marriage, and the prophet Ezekiel himself.

Mixing historic mythologies with the sensuousness and avarice and wish of the twenty-first century, Destiny and Desire is a huge success from one of many masters of latest literature.

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No rainforest with tropical butterflies, no palm trees or Californian redwoods, no leopards or iguanas or panda bears. 35 Just the bush. Iain wouldn’t move over Tailor’s Stitch until it was completely dark. He was right, of course: even in the dimmest light we risked our silhouettes being seen by anyone who happened to be looking in the right direction. But it was frustrating, sitting there waiting, every minute thinking, ‘OK, it’s dark enough now, let’s go’, then thinking, ‘Oh no, there’s still a streak of grey in the sky, right across the ranges, better wait a few more minutes’.

So the three of us slogged on. We kept climbing. I’d forgotten how much of war was like this. So much hard yakka, grunting up and down mountains, carrying weights that felt like every textbook I’d ever owned had been plonked in my backpack, and then some. Trying to remember that every bush, every tree, could contain death. ’ Ploughing on hour after hour, day after day sometimes, just so at the end of it you could kill someone or be killed. Well, we ploughed on, until by 9 am we were standing on the top of Tailor’s Stitch.

We were in a typical situation from this war, typical for us anyway, sitting around waiting, not having much to do, filling time in whatever boring mind-numbing ways we could. Fi and I cleaned up the campsite, then sat by the creek with our feet in the water, talking about nothing in particular. We didn’t say anything about the war. After last night I felt too guilty to want to discuss the war. Plus sometimes it was just all too scary. There was so much to be afraid of that I didn’t know where to start.

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