Mexican Eskimo Book 1: Exmikan by Anker Frankoni
Series: Mexican Eskimo
Published by the author on April 25, 2014
Genres: Autobiography, Memoir
Pages: 330 : Paperback edition
Source: Received from the author in exchange for an honest review
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“Mexican Eskimo” is a story for grown-ups: a love story about finding trust and hope amidst generations of anger and neglect, suicide and substance abuse.
A faithful documentation of a most unlikely existence, “Mexican Eskimo” is an intricate layer-cake of actual and imagined pieces of dimly remembered facts, generously frosted with sweet, sticky gobs of gospel-truth fantasies.
The story is peppered with international flavor, vibrant characters, multi-cultural themes, and lush settings. It is rife with magical realism, and also features a large cast of young protagonists struggling with identity conflicts and independence, described in a range of historical periods from the 1850’s, 1930’s, the present day, and even in worlds that existed so long before now that time itself had not yet started to be counted in years.
Mexican Eskimo takes you on a journey through love and life and loss and it was kind of wonderful to sit through and watch it all go by (sort of like watching scenery go by on a cross country road trip). I thought it would be solely about the author and his life but it was so much more than that. It also focused on different historical aspects of different time periods which was cool because, hello, history is awesome!
I really think the authors’ true voice comes through in the entirety of the book, which is important not only for him when he is speaking to his own experiences, but to give an opinion-like commentary on other events surrounding him and his life.
When I was first contacted about the book I thought it was going to be a fun rampage through the authors life, but I think the more serious tone made the experience so much better for me (it also reminded me greatly of the works that I read in my Gender and Women’s Studies classes at college). Definitely pick this up if you want to check out something different from all the other memoir novels out there!