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Understanding the Alacran Silver Medal Winner of the FAPA President s Awards Contemporary Literary category Trying to escape the oppression leading him to drinking drugs and despair year old William James rejects a

  • Title: Understanding the Alacran
  • Author: Jonathan LaPoma
  • ISBN: 9780998840307
  • Page: 296
  • Format: Paperback
  • Understanding the Alacran By Jonathan LaPoma, Silver Medal Winner of the 2017 FAPA President s Awards Contemporary Literary category Trying to escape the oppression leading him to drinking, drugs, and despair, 22 year old William James rejects a teaching position offer at a prestigious Buffalo high school and moves to Mexico to find freedom in its beaches, mountains, and culture.But soon, this freedom becomes oppres Silver Medal Winner of the 2017 FAPA President s Awards Contemporary Literary category Trying to escape the oppression leading him to drinking, drugs, and despair, 22 year old William James rejects a teaching position offer at a prestigious Buffalo high school and moves to Mexico to find freedom in its beaches, mountains, and culture.But soon, this freedom becomes oppressive as well as William finds himself unable to avoid the pull of the wild party scene in the small town of Lila where he lives He continues a downward spiral until he meets a complex and compassionate Mexican woman whose love inspires him to face the question he s been avoiding Is this trip a desperate search for life or a slow death A dark but humorous coming of age novel, UNDERSTANDING THE ALACR N explores many of the questions that haunt young people searching for love and their place in this world, and offers a poetic look at the raw beauty and healing power of Mexico UNDERSTANDING THE ALACR N is a loosely linked prequel to DEVELOPING MINDS AN AMERICAN GHOST STORY

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    1. A Striking prose The scorpion is unusual and not your typical aggressor The sting comes from the back and how.This coming of age of our male lead opens up with the fancy words of liberation and self reliance shining in his head But as all hormones, the adrenaline sweeps away and begins the downward abysmal phase.The characters are immaculately hilarious to say the least The male lead is accompanied by folks with names that crack you up in timely intervals.One thing is that moves a bit slowly You [...]

    2. Banda was basically a Latino version of polka and, along with mariachi, was teeming with cultural significance for the Mexican people California author Jonathan LaPoma not only writes novels three to date but also screenplays, poetry and songs He earned his BA in history and a secondary education credential from the State University of New York at Geneseo, gathered ideas or seeds for future novels from his travels both the US and Mexico, began writing and winning awards for his works, and now te [...]

    3. You can also find this book on Hedgehog Book Reviews I think that, maybe, you get too close to things that are ugly because you want to make them beautiful I see that you are suffering But you have a gift I don t think you realize how special you are After seeing the darker side of teaching in the US, Will moves to Mexico to escape what could turn into a drug problem Though he has a limited amount of savings that quickly dwindles, he manages to have some good times there Most of Will s days are [...]

    4. I am glad that i took my time with such vivid story From the moment i entered that bus station for a journey in Will s memory until i found myself back in it for the big revelation,the sound structure of the characters and the colorful scenes beautifully described by the author me This book reveals LaPoma s profound knowledge when comes to Mexico s culture, people, and cities this story come in a time where the gaps are as wide, and the walls are as high as they can ever be But with his social a [...]

    5. Thank you Jonathan for sharing a truley interesting adventure I could feel a connection with the characters It had the right amount of humor, love and friendships to keep me interested As an added bonus I ve learned the Spanish word for Scorpion

    6. Disclaimer I received this book from the author in return of an honest review.Also on my blog4.5 5 I ve expanded my vocabulary in such little page time Alacran, Trivial, Reefer, Reticent, ect It has been quite humorous and relatable The description is bulletproof and incredible I watched him cook up, pierce his skin, milk blood, and empty the evil liquid into his arm The weave of friendship encounters are certainly authentic Easily enjoyable, for sure It flows really well, and is jam packed with [...]

    7. Don t pay for this book I got this book on offer, fortunately The early promise of insights into Mexican psyche and the author s personal development kept me going, but we got very very little of either Mexico remains an alluring mystery, but I won t miss the hero A sort of cliffhanger emerged, we re waiting for a eureka moment, or even a slow evolution, but we re no further forward Will s charmlessness continues unabated, and you re left thinking this was a wasted opportunity he could have gone [...]

    8. I was excited about reading this book by a promising young author, primarily because I have lived in South Texas most of my life and appreciate any authors that writes about the residents that live below the Mason Dixon line without treating them like congenital idiots This book slowly lost my interest though as it is about a period where this young man from New York state goes on a drinking binge in Mexico which drags on and on Partying in Mexico is not an anomaly for the residents of South Tex [...]

    9. When I decided to read UNDERSTANDING THE ALACRAN, I wanted to be engaged and intrigued by a fresh story, an original voice, and an interesting perspective Well, I got all that and loved it Mr LaPoma s wonderfully descriptive, gritty, and often amusing prose transported me to Lila, Mexico, where he portrays the wilder and often uglier side of young men from the perspective of William Will letting loose to party and rage and act badly among back alley locals in a foreign land The research of Mexic [...]

    10. Full review semtudo 2017 09 18 understaWill, the lead character, rejected a good job to escape from himself and the problems that surround him He moves to Mexico, but at some point, he notes that nothing is changing For me, this is the most important message from this book, he realizes the solution was not to run away from his problems because the problems go with you wherever you decide to go.This history is pretty crazy with all the partying, but I liked Will and I understand that he was just [...]

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