Heading Down the Rabbit Hole with Juan Pablo Villalobos (#bookreview)

Down the Rabbit Hole: A Novel by Juan Pablo Villalobos
Paperback, 70 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by FSG Originals


Tochtli lives in a palace. He loves hats, samurai, guillotines, and dictionaries, and what he wants more than anything right now is a new pet for his private zoo: a pygmy hippopotamus from Liberia. But Tochtli is a child whose father is a drug baron on the verge of taking over a powerful cartel, and Tochtli is growing up in a luxury hideout that he shares with hit men, prostitutes, dealers, servants, and the odd corrupt politician or two. Long-listed for The Guardian First Book Award, Down the Rabbit Hole, a masterful and darkly comic first novel, is the chronicle of a delirious journey to grant a child’s wish.


The story is told from a little boys perspective about his father's life as a gang member. And how much he wants a pygmy hippopotamus. The boy believes he is a samurai and also wants a sword.

The heart warming ending and the story itself is great, think of a seven year old trying to explain how heads are severed and gangs do there business.

Another writing trick the author used was all the main characters were Nahuatl names that translate to an animal. That fit the characters personality.

(as posted by Donald on Goodreads)