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ABOUT THE BOOK: "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 gosABOUT THE BOOK: "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....

Title : Mexican Eskimo Book 1: Exmikan
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ISBN : 9780996028509
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 330 Pages
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Mexican Eskimo Book 1: Exmikan Reviews

  • Kara
    2018-12-04 14:14

    I received a free audiobook version of this strange new book. I didn't know what to expect at first, but author Anker Frankoni's narrative washed away any initial trepidation with ease as it engaged my deep interest and full sympathy from the outset. I am happy to be able to provide a wholeheartedly stellar review of Mexican Eskimo Book 1: Exmikan.What Exmikan Is Not About: One concern I had about the book upon seeing the title was that it would treat racial/ethnic categories and cultural distinctions lightly. That fear was unwarranted. Inasmuch as Frankoni deals with Eskimo and Mexican peoples and their respective histories as symbols within this autobiographical novel, he demonstrates knowledge of relevant cultural details and never fails to acknowledge his fundamental distance from these subjects. He doesn't pretend to speak to these cultural experiences in an authentic way, or that's my reading anyway. The narrative tone of this work provides the best evidence for my view; it is never without irony or several notes of warm, self-deprecating humor. As such, the presumption necessary for appropriation of a foreign culture for fundamentally inauthentic purposes is a virtual impossibility in this context. This is no lighthearted comedy, so the nature of the work does not suggest light treatment or casual consideration of these topics within the larger context of Frankoni's own narrative.What This Mexican Eskimo Thing Is About: Exmikan is a tremendously personal work of art; Frankoni bravely presents his search for meaning in life, which begins in despair, to the reader. The subject of the story (or rather, stories) is his relatives' lives and of course, by extension, his own. Between Frankoni's two parents' families, an enormous spectrum of human vices and virtues are represented in stark relief. The tales to which the reader is privy are unforgettable -- heartwarming, triumphant, sympathetic, inspiring, horrifying, tragic, alienating, bewildering, tragicomic, magical and absurd. Rich and varied insight, humility, humor, and compassion distinguish Frankoni's narrative voice throughout the work. It is a brave, ambitious artistic project by any measure, and to my mind it is a great success. I am very grateful to have experienced this book and would advise other readers to try this work; in doing so, you will join the author on a personal, strange, resonant once-in-a-lifetime journey. The author gives himself wholly to this work, and we who experience are the beneficiaries indeed.Thank you for reading my ideas; I hope they provide some perspective on what this book has to offer. I fear my comments are too vague, but the stories told are so dramatic and inimitably told that I dare not summarize any part of the plot(s) of these interconnected narratives.

  • H
    2018-11-15 18:33

    I won this book thru Goodreads giveaways. This is an excellent book and I wish that it hadn't ended so quickly!

  • Cassandra Curiel
    2018-11-10 22:22

    *Copy provided in exchange for honest review*Okay, keyword being honesty, I will admit that I had the most difficulty getting into this book. Anker mixes fiction and non-fiction to the point where I didn't know what to believe or not believe. In the end, I grew to admire it. It's been a long few months but I would be lying if I say I don't already miss this book.I was beyond speechless when I finished this. This story is rich in culture and so heart-breakingly intense. Intensity like no other considering everything is super straight forward. At times I was a bit put off by them but I powered through and I am so glad I did. I can NOT believe the emotions this sparked in me. Anker has a brutally honest way with words that is difficult to get out of your head after the last word is read. This book is emotionally heavy and the cover makes perfect sense to me now. This is not recommended for younger people since it is straight forward and blunt about many things. Nothing is sugar coated and I respect Anker so much for having the guts to write this... apology letter. The fact that he mentioned my hometown (San Jose) built an automatic deeper connection with me. Anker, you are incredible. I am honestly dying to know more.

  • Ty Wilson
    2018-12-04 16:42

    This book is a trip. It's a trip through time and space, wandering down the the twin paths of one man's family that lead to his existence. It's full of myth and legend, pride and shame, and happiness and sorrow. It's the story of one human being, but it also shows his connection to the greater world and each of us. I've never met Anker Frankoni and I think I've only glimpsed a small piece of who he is, but I already know that I like the man. This is a wide-ranging tale and I can't wait to read what comes next. A highly enjoyable book and I recommend it to anyone looking for a memoir that's just a step or two off the beaten path. You won't be disappointed.

  • Hannah
    2018-12-02 16:33

    This is the worst book I've read in long time.The writing is sometimes fine, but it regularly veers into pretentiously terrible. It combines polemical rants, high school poetry, mansplaining, and magical realism with no sense of proportion. It contains sentences like: "Anker swiped at the thin fabric of Anne's soaking wet housedress, ripping a gash in the cotton through which fell a second helping of plump, ripe milkmelon.”Not good. Yet, I image author patting himself on the back for creating such sentences. But I can live with bad writing. I did not do my due diligence in paying $1 for this used book. The real objection I have is that the book is an extended wallow in shitty, misogynistic, solipsism. On page 264, the author acknowledges his problems are “molded from a huge scoop of resentment, peppered with more than just a little greed, then hardened in the smoke of my still smoldering sense of entitlement.” Quite frankly, it doesn't seem that this changed nearly enough by the time book ended, about 70 more pages later, most of them spent in a bathroom stall or talking about his pierced penis. I don't care if it is fact or fiction: it needed to stop.I am disinclined to discuss the issues with rape and sexual violence towards women in this book, but, in summary, I don't think it's done with a real feel, concern, or understanding for the experience of its victims at all. This book does not pass the Bechdel test. The one conversation between women I recall is about the care of infant author character.It is worth noting that the author is neither Mexican nor Eskimo. The title would be completely misleading, except that he’s invented and inserted some Grade A Pretendian mythology where he’s actually the most powerful Inuit shaman ever whose destiny is to be reborn in tropical Mexico as an Aztec prince or something. It reminds me of a line from William Carlos Williams:“Don't you feel it? Doesn't it make you want to go out and lift dead Indians tenderly from their graves, to steal from them--as if it must be clinging even to their corpses--some authenticity…”Recommended for: encountering thinking errors, reading about self-aggrandizing men, hatereading Pretendian stories (if you can stomach this), no one

  • Victoria Colotta
    2018-11-29 21:42

    Anker Frankoni delivers a dark and emotional journey in the first book in the Mexican Eskimo.From the opening pages, it becomes clear to the reader that this is not a simple account of a man’s life. There is a weaving of history, a bit of mythology, and contemporary life. The way that the author mixes these elements is unique. Sometimes, I had to take a minute to switch gears, but by the end of the book, everything comes together.When reviewing a book like this, it is sometimes hard to convey the path that the author takes. I find as a reviewer, it is better to share my perspectives of the book rather than give a summary of what happened. I could never do it justice, so I will not try. What I will do is tell you that the characters and their actions hold a true voice. They are at times dark and certainly flawed, but each of the cast paraded in front of the reader on the page, allows us to enter into this highly personal world that the author has given us.I will say that this book may not be for everyone. At times, I even took pause while reading wondering if the language and the descriptions of some of the events were something I wanted to read. However, having completed the book, I feel that the author gave his tale life and depicted it in the way he felt best. His language and formation of the story may not have been what I would have done, but I am not the author. Anker’s vision and dedication to the book is an impressive one. For that, I applaud him.

  • Patricia Walker
    2018-11-30 16:35

    This book is simply incredible.The fore-warning is that this book will upset some people given the nature of the content. Some may well feel that Anker approaches the subject matter with just a little too much gusto, a little too enthusiastically. I personally applaud the author for his ability to face such issues with integrity, honesty, some humour and an ability to deal with not only historic abuse within the family but his own as well.Throughout the book Anker weaves information on current world history/events which ultimately affect various members of his cast of protagonists and victims. Some of the information isn't necessarily available to the general public in other countries (why would I, in the UK, know about the clubs frequented by U.S. military personnel in the Philippines, for example, but this does help give a perspective to the times and events both worldly and personal) and so adds an extra depth to the conditions surrounding much of what happened within the family. At the same time we are given a wonderful array of mythological tales that are linked to the areas his family originate from and their beliefs. These stories of themselves are absolutely fascinating and add hugely to Anker's family saga.I definitely encourage adults to pick up and read this book!I chose to review a free softback edition of this book

  • Amy
    2018-11-20 19:21

    Copy received in exchange for an honest review. Rounding up, kind of. This is divided in five parts which are dramatically different in tone, and gets much better as it goes along. Part two was very charmingly bookended by the same scene but it had some problems throughout and could have used some editing. I kind of still don't know what was going on in part three; it was one of those times where you just have to let it be the book that it is and go with it, but I really struggled with it. Thankfully it switched over to a much more straightforward tone for parts four and five and I was truly surprised how much I ended up liking it. Part five is stellar. (I don't care for navel gazing so lucky for me his gaze went further south here.) I don't know why this is billed as a novel when it's clearly a memoir but again, I guess you just let it be the book that it is. Definitely worth the ups and downs for that final chapter and the "say yes" insight is invaluable. Really interesting and unusual book here.

  • Carrie Kilgore
    2018-11-23 18:35

    This is not your everyday novel. It's the story of a family through several generations, rich with imagination as well as actual facts. The writing is positively lyrical in places, with an occasional stumble that most readers may not even notice. The huge cast of characters may give some readers a sense now and then of not being quite sure where they are, but in large part this is intentional. As the author combs through his dysfunctional personal and family history, he includes us in his doubt, anguish and joy. We hear the meaningful tales he was (apparently) brought up on: truly fascinating glimpses into a culture most of us know too little about. How much of this is fact? How much fiction? As with most of our memories, it's hard to be sure.

  • KJ
    2018-12-05 19:29

    Since I haven't seen this mentioned in other reviews: Readers coming to this book for insight into the legacy of child abuse--as it was marketed to me--should be warned that "Mexican Eskimo" is extremely graphic in its (frequent) depictions of the sexual abuse of children and teenagers. Once by an animal. The narrative voice relishes these occurrences, identifying viciously and lustfully with the assailants rather than with the victims. Those who pick up "Mexican Eskimo" looking for insight and healing will find themselves mentally brutalized all over again. Longer review to come.

  • Celeste
    2018-11-10 20:26

    I really enjoyed the concept of the novel, the backstory of many of the author's key family members leading up to the moment he finally enters the fray. My only gripe with the novel is that I enjoyed the final part so much that I wished it could have been more thoroughly flushed out. (Hopefully this may happen in the next book.)

  • Kim
    2018-11-18 20:26

    I received this book as a Goodreads First Reads giveaway for an honest review.This is filled with sadness and emptiness. With that said, I feel it is very well written.Plus I am thrilled that 10% of all sales from this book goes to stop child abuse!

  • Anker Frankoni
    2018-11-24 19:42