Elegy A long rambling narrative, a times the prose is lyrical, at other times repetitive and tedious. Much of the dialogue is in Spanish which doesn't help the reader not familiar with Spanish. At first the foreign language lends exotic atmosphere and helps authenticate persons and places, but it eventually becomes irritating as the reader struggles to work out what is going on. The lead character leaves America to return a captured wolf to its home territory in Mexico. The wolf is killed and the young man returns home to find his parents murdered. He returns to Mexico with his brother to track down the killers and recover horses stolen by the murderers. This mission fails too and the brother is killed. An attempt to rescue a young woman from a brothel ends in tragedy. As to be expected, the tone is elegiac; the narrative overshadowed by an almost continuous sense of loss and change and regret and death. The world is narrow and closed in on itself inhabited for the most part by single-minded men. There is considerable philosophising. A good deal of it makes sense even if merely stating the obvious; while some is merely fanciful.