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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (480 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Bowden Narrator: Charles Bowden Publisher: Phoenix Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Charles Bowden writes, this book is not about how the world ends but how a new world is being born. Murder City explores this new world, focusing on the idea that Mexico is collapsing into a permanent culture of violence. Bowden focuses on Ciudad Juarez, which lies just across the Rio Grande from El Paso. Infamously known as the place where women disappear, last year alone 1,607 people were murdered, a number that is set to accelerate in 2009.

Miss Sinaloa is a beauty queen who loses her mind; her descent into madness becomes a parable for the town itself. As Bowden searches for reasons to explain why so many are dying, he realizes that what is happening in Juarez and other border towns - caught in the crosshairs of the drug and immigration wars - represents the total collapse of civic society.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Preston Fowler | 2/9/2014

    " The first half is captivating and very interesting. By the middle of the book, however, the story gets repetitive. This conveys the hopelessness of the situation, but offers no added depth or understanding. Read until you sense the repetition and stop, you've gone too far by then anyway. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Andrew | 2/4/2014

    " This is a fantastic book that looks at what is happening in Juarez. It's honest and brutal, but at the same time thoughtfully written and engaging. I began reading this book as part of a research project on Roberto Bolano's novel "2666" and have now begun to search put Bowden's other books. He is quite a character, and reminds me of a grittier Graham Greene. I highly recommend this book for those interested in Mexico, the drug war, violence, a sense of place in the contemporary world, or just good writing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by David Rooker | 2/3/2014

    " This book gives one insight into events south of the border. Some of the prose is quite good, but for the most part this reads like a 250 page police blotter with color commentary. It would've been better at half its size, which is when I lost interest in all the redundant horrors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Marta | 1/22/2014

    " I don't care how cheap dental work is down there---after reading this book you couldn't pay me to go anywhere near Juarez... "

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