Troy Patterson
May 12, 2006 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Eagle's Throne

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Carlos Fuentes
publisher
Random House
genre
Fiction

We gave it an C

Carlos Fuentes, a prominent Mexican novelist (and a former ambassador to France) imagines a near future in which the White House cuts off his country’s telecommunications, leading Mexican politicos to detail their intrigues in awkward, old-fashioned letters with funny juxtapositions of clichés and references to Susan Sontag. In some parts, the epistolary Eagle’s Throne resembles a pomo parody of a Jacobean revenge play: ”So, my precious little melon, you were going to become president with my help?” In others, an Economist article: ”We still haven’t received approval for a VAT on medicine and food — something we proposed — but Congress is favoring progressive and redistributive taxation….” But it never comes to resemble a satisfying book.

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