UNDERGROUND RIVER by Inés Arredondo

UNDERGROUND RIVER

And Other Stories
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Underground River and Other Stories ($30.00, paper $12.00; June 3, 1996; 129 pp.; 0-8032-1034-5; paper 0-8032- 5927-1). A collection of 12 abrasive and confrontational tales selected from the small oeuvre (three volumes containing 30 stories) of a Mexican writer (1928-89) renowned for her forthright depictions of women's victimization by men and thwarted pursuit of erotic liberation and romantic happiness. Men are too often one-dimensional monsters (e.g., in the creepy ``The Shunammite'') in these accusatory, overheated fictions, several of which (such as ``The Mirrors'' and ``Shadow in the Shadows'') exfoliate from simple conflict into garish melodrama. Arredondo's strident, passionate voice takes some getting used to, but its rhythms echo, and linger perversely in the memory.

Pub Date: June 3rd, 1996
ISBN: 0-8032-1034-5
Page count: 129pp
Publisher: Univ. of Nebraska
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 1996