The plot in brief concerns a middle-class directionless young man who is addicted to training at the local gym and also spends his days helping the trash pickers of Buenos Aires' shantytown. He is physically ox-like and this enables to pull large carts for the trash pickers whose children often climb on board along with the day's pickings. He attracts the attention of a corrupt policemen who will stop at nothing, including using two teenage girls, to break a drug ring that he believes is operating within the shantytown.
I found the story had a certain magical charm and what appealed to me in particular were the descriptions of the shantytown with its carousel-like layout and the complicated tangle of street lights which were kept blazing by pirated electricity. The tale builds up slowly at first and then from about half-way through gathers speed with ever-increasing momentum to the final scenes and especially the final scene of a deluge o biblical proportions. The characters are well-drawn and there is even some humour in this little gem of a novel.
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