We learn that life in these areas is mostly a war between power and poverty, with the wealthy naturally championing over the rest. Unfortunately Saint Death is a difficult book to read. For a start, it is a little bit boring.
Whilst the events may be realistic there is no thrill or enjoyment garnered from reading about them. Understandably, Sedgwick is trying to bring a sense of culture into his work, however there is barely anything that a Young Adult reader can relate to. It is difficult to imagine and comprehend the poverty, gangs and violence when we have not been witness to it ourselves.
Whilst attempting to shock, Sedgwick lacks on description making it a challenge to picture the scene in our heads. It was my understanding that he tends to write horror or paranormal novels, whereas Saint Death was a complete change of genre. Of course authors experiment with their writing style all the time; some are successful, others less so. In this instance I personally think Sedgwick fell short of his goal, trying too hard to copy other writers that had influenced him to make this conversion.
Whether Sedgwick decides to continue along this theme or revert back to what he has already been successful with remains to be seen, but I am hoping for the latter.
It is gritty, hardcore and it forces reality right down the readers throat. It is just a whirlwind of brash hard-hitting realism. Faustino is looking for a way out of his slum existence. He is tired of being surrounded by uncertainty, violence and death. Each day is a struggle and the only opportunities for any kind of advancement in life are being part of a gang or a possible escape across the border.
They feed on the desperation of the innocent. The descriptive scenes of the gambling are right on the button. People with the itch always think they can find the gold at the end of the rainbow. Just one more hand of cards, just one more attempt to outwit lady luck. Ultimately Faustino holds the weapon of his own self-destruction. Sedgwick is relentless in the portrayal of his authentic characters and the setting. Kudos to him for the merciless ending. No matter what he does, the odds seem to be stacked against him.
I really appreciated his loyalty and commitment to get from one day to the next. Faustino was in an even more risky situation, but he, too, had been through a tumultuous childhood like Arturo. Both of them are just trying to survive, even if they choose different avenues to do so. Their friendship was complicated yet ran deep, prevailing through all that they went through. Other characters, like Siggy, Carlos, and Margarita, were only briefly in the story, but they left a considerable impact on Arturo.
Even through all of their hardships, these characters were able to hold onto their belief in her and her gifts. It is a short yet extensive novel that touches on aspects of life, death, and fear.
It may not be a feel-good type of read, but it is a necessary one. Arturo may be a character in a book, but his life is all too real for many. Sedgwick opens up the reader to a world they have never experienced, and, as a result, they can have more empathy and be more knowledgeable. I highly recommend this novel to mature readers who are interested in issues surrounding immigration as well as those who are willing to learn about any topic. It is perfect for those who are looking to widen their worldview and perspective.
Apr 02, Georgia rated it it was ok. However, I felt like I had to drag myself through it despite the events happening over a VERY short time period , and it was causing a book slump. It took me a handful of attempts just to get through the first few pages. Some parts seemed a bit too young for me and then other parts were brutal and not very YA-esque.
His books are, in general, too dark for me. I didn't really enjoy reading this, although it was actually a pretty quick read, and I definitely sympathized with the main character. Maybe because it was so hard for me to read subject-wise , it came across as slightly didactic?
I don't know. I do think that there are teens who will definitely like this one, and I don't have any problem voting yes for it on the first Cap Choices ballot, although it's hard to imagine that it'll be one of my top 20 His books are, in general, too dark for me. I do think that there are teens who will definitely like this one, and I don't have any problem voting yes for it on the first Cap Choices ballot, although it's hard to imagine that it'll be one of my top 20 in January.
It's at 10 at the moment. I guess we'll see by the end of the year. Then there are the biggest bricks of all. Companies; these giant corporations that are more powerful than anything, more powerful even than the countries where they operate. The maquiladoras here; they pay no taxes. They pay wages so low that even a job still means living on the poverty line. Our leaders; they tell us that this capitalism of theirs will save the world; that it will create jobs so that everyone will get richer.
After those two, I decided that Mr. Sedgwick's books required an acquired taste. This, though I will admit, it was at first, and it was never really exciting or anything, but It was a good book. Especially at the end. More like one of those stories that follows one person's life and doesn't really have any fantastical events or stunning reveals. I'm beginning to see that I actually like these sorts of stories. Saint Death's about Arturo, a man who lives in a broken down shack in a town with dissappearing women, constant gunfire, ruthless gangs, and also the deity who welcomes all into her arms: Saint Death.
Arturo barely gets by, but he does anyway, lugging car parts for a mean boss and earning pocket money by playing cards, which he is surprisingly good at.
One day, a stone is thrown into the still pond which is Arturo's life: his best friend Faustino, who dissappeared a year before, knocks on his door. He has gotten in trouble, and he needs Arturo to help him make some cash by playing cards.
Arturo then embarks on a journey That you will have to read the book to find out. Writing : 8. And when I say Marcus Sedgwick, I mean an emotionless, male robotic voice. Though, that may not be his fault Nevertheless, it felt like his writing in his previous book, which I think is great. Unfortunately, though, his writing is nothing wow.
His descriptions aren't bad, but they aren't great either. His story telling, though, is what makes him a great writer. He knows how to pace it, how to blow your mind with a stunning conclusion Which is what makes this book so great. Very human. Sedgwick is able to pretty much flawlessly transfer the human aspect into him.
Though, the side characters aren't anything wow All in all : I enjoyed this. I liked it. And I recommend you read it. Fucking motherfucker. Read this one for our mid-year mock discussion Printzmas and now I have a lot of feelings and I hate feelings. Full review to come. I struggled with Saint Death. I have enjoyed some of Marcus Sedgwick's books very much, but I didn't think this one worked very well. This is a story of 24 hours or so in the life of Arturo, a poor man who lives, as so many others do, in a makeshift shack near Juarez on the Mexican side of the border with the USA.
Life is wholly dominated by two factors: drug cartels whose power means that there is effectively no law, so they murder, rob, rape and intimidate as they please, and the factories I struggled with Saint Death. Life is wholly dominated by two factors: drug cartels whose power means that there is effectively no law, so they murder, rob, rape and intimidate as they please, and the factories which produce goods for US corporations, based in Mexico because of low wages and non-existent employment rights.
The corrupting effect on everything is strongly portrayed; Arturo tries to remain honest, but becomes drawn into a darker world through loyalty to a friend in need of help.
It's a tough, bleak read, interspersed with quotations from people like Barack Obama, Noam Chomsky and others about the attitudes and economic forces which produce such places.
There is a story with characters whose fate is charted, but in many ways this is a political polemic as much as a novel, with Sedgwick's stance being largely summed up in this sentence: "Juarez is what happens when greed makes money by passing things across the border dividing poverty and wealth.
Even though I think Sedgwick makes very valid and timely points, as a novel I didn't think this really worked. It's more of a political cry of rage, really, and I found it pretty hard work to read. Only a lukewarm recommendation, I'm afraid. I received an ARC via Netgalley.
It took me a while to get into this book. I have problems with concentration and with some books, reading is just more challenging than others. None of this is a negative, it just meant that I couldn't easily read it non-stop the way I could, say, a simple, fluffy, chick lit book. My mum It took me a while to get into this book. My mum saw me reading it, pretty early on, and asked me "what's it about? I have the proof of this book, without a blurb, and being so close to the beginning of the story at the time, I told her I didn't know.
In a sense, that stayed true to the end. Obviously, I followed the plot, I came to know the characters and I really was invested in what happened, but it really felt like that was secondary. Like none of that mattered, as the book was more of a vehicle for Sedgwick's social commentary than a story in its own right.
That sounds like I'm putting it down - I'm really not. It really interested me, and gripped me in a way that pure fiction wouldn't have done. It set the cogs in my brain turning and left me taking far more away from it after I put it down than any enjoyment I experienced in escaping into the story. For most of the time I spent reading it, I was thinking "meh This is a book that will stick with me for awhile.
It follows the story of a boy named Arturo who is from a neighborhood in Mexico called Anapra, a poor neighborhood near the bigger city of Juarez.
Arturo tries to help his friend Faustino who is in trouble from the drug gang in the city. It follows what Arturo goes through the next two days in order to help his friend. The reader does not only witness the fear and danger that folks live in due to the drug gang but also the realities of This is a book that will stick with me for awhile.
The reader does not only witness the fear and danger that folks live in due to the drug gang but also the realities of industrialization by foreign companies mainly American companies because of NAFTA , and the barely livable wages that factory workers women mostly make, climate change because of those companies, and these very institutions that are built so that the poor remain poor, and the rich remain rich through money, drugs, American government given guns, violence, and power.
Meanwhile, the current administration is adamant in creating stricter immigration laws against the very lives that they are destroying themselves. I had so many feelings while reading this book, but also afterwards for a really long time.
It made me angry, frustrated, at times hopeful. You went through a roller coaster of emotions, the same way Arturo goes through them as well. By the end, I was nearly to tears because you know stories like these just don't have happy endings. This was a very interesting book. It was very serious and not really a book to read for fun, if that makes sense. The tone of this book very intense and I feel like it's more a of an educational read than something to read to relax.
This book almost felt like the author's commentary on current events than a fictional story. And I really didn't mind that. It was very thought provoking. I really loved the writing style and I'm definitely interested in the author's other books because of the writing This was a very interesting book. I really loved the writing style and I'm definitely interested in the author's other books because of the writing style.
I really appreciated the diversity of the characters and how much Mexican culture it brought to the table. The entire book is very relevant and I really liked seeing a perspective that I haven't seen before. I was very emotionally invested in the characters and even though I had a hard time relating to them, I still really liked them. Overall, this was a really interesting, thought provoking read and I'd definitely recommend it if you're looking for a book outside of the norm.
A hard book, but so worth it. Plus I love the cover. And, anyway, I enjoyed the story. It is both realistic and haunting—haunted as it is by the presence of Santa Muerte, who may or may not be present, and who can tell, and does it really matter? For the characters believe in her and in her powers, and quickly learn that you must be crazy to try and trick the White Girl. Here, it works, and lends itself to that haunting atmosphere I mentioned previously, making the story somewhat surreal Yet this is also a world where one can learn to retain their human dignity, and not give in to the darkness.
A world where there are still good people in spite of all the bad ones. It is both hope and sadness—and death, who unites everybody in the end. Mar 28, Eleanor bookishcourtier rated it really liked it Shelves: read-in , four-star , carnegie-longlist I actually enjoyed this so much more than I thought I would!
I really did not think that this book was for me at first, but I think it majorly improved in the second half. I have mixed feelings about a lot of Marcus Sedgewick's books, but I did like this one. It isn't my favourite, but I think it has some important things to say and that it is very powerful and impactful.
So I I actually enjoyed this so much more than I thought I would! At first sight the corpse, which has been wax-treated for preservation and whose face hasn't decayed in years, looks like a statue. But as the camera pans up and down the body it focuses on the face before the dead girl seemingly opens her eyes. The most popular version is that she was a Mexican girl who wanted to make her First Communion with classmates but it was strongly forbidden by her father.
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