Wednesday, February 27, 2019

The Tallest Indian in Toltepec by Will Henry

“I said get down, Indio,” he smiled. “You do not listen too well. What is the matter? Do you not trust your Mexican brothers?”
Diaz was small in body only. In heart he was a mountain.
A story of the Mexican Revolution, vicious bandidos, and hope amongst native peoples.
The tale opens strong with a grim tone that is in the region of hard-as-nails Elmore Leonard but…
Unfortunately, to this reader’s taste, it takes a turn towards the mawkish as the focus shifts to a child’s perspective. Though the eyes of the young many fine tales have been told, but here the child feels somewhat stiff and a mere stand-in for story exposition.
Strong start, there’s always that.

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