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Coyote Songs Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B07JQG6X5P
- Publisher : Broken River Books (31 October 2018)
- Language : English
- File size : 309 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 214 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 177,284 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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To say that Iglesias wears his heart on his sleeve in this novel is to do him a disservice. He goes way beyond that. He’s a man with his heart on his sleeve, a megaphone in his hand and a message to send. He’s a man who’s passionate about his craft, passionate about the writing community, and passionate about his politics. And, it’s that final point that really makes Coyote Songs shine. It’s been referred to as ‘timely’ on more than one occasion, and there’s perhaps no word that’s more accurate.
While the US Government is in shutdown precisely because of misguided attempts to build a wall designed to keep them out, children are being hit with teargas, and border-crossers are the victims of a propaganda war that’s being fought by those in power in the US. It is amongst this maelstrom that Iglesias finds his voice and fights for his people.
When Steinbeck won the Nobel Prize, he famously said, “The ancient commission of the writer has not changed. He is charged with exposing our many grievous faults and failures, with dredging up to the light our dark and dangerous dreams for the purpose of improvement.”
It is this dredging up to the light that concerns Iglesias in Coyote Songs. With a small cast of characters, he sets about revealing some of the ugliness and brutality affecting the lives of people with dark and dangerous dreams for something better. Each of his characters strives for something more and symbolises one of the many issues affecting the lives of people in the real world. Abject poverty, gang violence, escape, the desire to do good things in a world full of bad; it’s all here, and Iglesias doesn’t so much rail against it as he does point a finger and shout, “This is why!”
In achieving this purpose, he writes prose that’s as tight and mean as a prize-fighter. It is, of course, interspersed with the passages of Español he has become renowned for. On top of that, his descriptions are concise and vivid and the story itself features horrors that run the gamut from paranormal to human. The result is a book that’s as beautifully written as it is unsettling. That is no small feat.
Finally, just as Steinbeck would, he shows us that not all will achieve their dream, and the trying may cost them everything. Broken homes, broken families and broken people populate this book, and you can’t help but feel Iglesias wants us to understand the pain and suffering, the dangerous temptations and the daily horrors of his characters so that we can better understand the motivations of those who strive to reach those dark and dangerous dreams in real life.
Those who’ve deemed this book timely and important are right. It should be required reading for anyone who wants to write dark fiction with a message that sticks.