“It’s a shame there has to be a tragedy before the best in people will finally shine.” – E.A. Bucchianeri
Author Robert Stout’s book ‘Where Gringos Don’t Belong’ is a fictionalized tale surrounding the factual events that took place in Oaxaca, Mexico. A major social and political upheaval took place in Oaxaca circa 2006 when non-violent protests by local groups led to a violent and brutal reaction by the police on the agitators. This event serves as the backdrop to the life story of two individuals affected by it.
Robert paints a vivid and personal portrait of Oaxaca seen through the eyes of George & Claudia as their town burned down around them. It’s a brutal reminder of the demonic violence human beings are capable of inflicting upon each other.
Claudia is an impulsive, wild & strong girl with a soft heart and her character if nicely contrasted and offset by George’s sensitive & confused personality that also has a raw edge to it. They are vastly different from one another and yet they find comfort in each other during a tragedy.
The characters are highly likeable and their emotional and physical struggles are relatable too. It will raise certain ethical and controversial questions in your mind. You will find asking yourself what you would have done in similar circumstances.
Where Gringos Don’t Belong provides not only a fictional and tragic love story but also a deep insight into the various issues that plagued a town and its people during a tumultuous period.
Paperback: 174 pages
Publisher: Anaphora Literary Press (January 1, 2015)