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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (204 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anita Desai Narrator: Eleanor Bron Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2006 ISBN:
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A young North American finds himself on a quest for his own family in a mining town in Mexico where, almost 100 years earlier, young miners like his own grandfather worked the mines. That is, until Pancho Villa and revolution came to Mexico. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane Ramirez | 2/17/2014

    " A touch of magical realism, a nice bit of cultural and historical background, a gorgeous setting that provided me with some imaginary vacation memories since this isn't the year for real ones (and their real costs). A very short book, The Zigzag Way was a whisp, a tease that *poofed* itself out of my world when I wanted more -- much like the spirits the Mexicans seek on dia do los muertos. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Magi | 12/18/2013

    " mexico-cornish miners.grandson returns to mining town. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 11/13/2013

    " Some good passages on the difficulty and strangeness faced by people coming to Mexico from other countries in the early 1900s, but the main character's story is very thin, and I did not feel I got the "quiet, powerful epiphany" I was promised. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maxine | 11/13/2013

    " Classed as UK because the author is from the UK, this novella set in Mexico was a mess of tangled threads left unresolved at the end. Didn't enjoy it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ravneet Arora | 11/3/2013

    " I don't think I can carry on reading this anymore, not for now atleast! :( "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 10/17/2013

    " It took my a bit to get into this one, but the authors eloquence kept me interested. Quick little read and I appreciate the idea of knowing our history to know ourselves. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ania | 9/26/2013

    " I thought this book was missing something, more of a story? Maybe more of a climax? Either way - it was kind of boring and didn't really draw me in. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth (Liz) | 8/14/2013

    " I feel like I learned more Mexico from this book that I by living here two years (although that could be a negative statement about how much I have learned by living here). Some people in my book group thought the ending didnt live up to the rest of the book, but I thought it tied it all together. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon Archer | 6/29/2013

    " how folks are can usually be explained by their past...just sometimes you don't know what that past is... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 5/23/2013

    " An engaging story that plays with time but not in the over the top PoMo way. Interesting to see Desai write about Mexico, her observations really inform her descriptions. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather | 11/13/2012

    " I just couldn't get into this one. It was too disjointed. Even though I enjoyed the storyline and Mexican history, it wasn't enough to pull the book through. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephen | 8/16/2011

    " This book was conceptually very interesting, but I didn't feel compelled to like any of the characters unfortunately. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lena | 6/17/2011

    " I picked up this book because I love Mexico and thought Desai's Fasting, Feasting was pretty good. Although she wove some interesting history and social commentary into the story, both the plot and the writing were weak and unfocused. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mew | 4/22/2011

    " I'm not sure I got the point of this. I enjoyed the historical element but that was it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shanrina | 1/26/2011

    " It wasn't a bad read, but when all was said and done I'm not sure what the point of it was, either. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mew | 1/22/2011

    " I'm not sure I got the point of this. I enjoyed the historical element but that was it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephen | 7/1/2010

    " This book was conceptually very interesting, but I didn't feel compelled to like any of the characters unfortunately. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ravneet | 3/23/2010

    " I don't think I can carry on reading this anymore, not for now atleast! :( "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shanrina | 11/11/2009

    " It wasn't a bad read, but when all was said and done I'm not sure what the point of it was, either. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Magi | 8/16/2009

    " mexico-cornish miners.grandson returns to mining town. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 4/26/2009

    " Some good passages on the difficulty and strangeness faced by people coming to Mexico from other countries in the early 1900s, but the main character's story is very thin, and I did not feel I got the "quiet, powerful epiphany" I was promised. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather | 11/5/2008

    " I just couldn't get into this one. It was too disjointed. Even though I enjoyed the storyline and Mexican history, it wasn't enough to pull the book through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 8/2/2008

    " It took my a bit to get into this one, but the authors eloquence kept me interested. Quick little read and I appreciate the idea of knowing our history to know ourselves. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ania | 6/30/2008

    " I thought this book was missing something, more of a story? Maybe more of a climax? Either way - it was kind of boring and didn't really draw me in. "

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About the Author
Author Anita Desai

Anita Desai is the author of Fasting, Feasting, Baumgartner’s Bombay, Clear Light of Day, and Diamond Dust, among other works. Three of her books have been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. She was born and educated in India and now lives in the New York City area.

About the Narrator

Eleanor Bron is an English actress whose stage career includes many productions, such as The Clean House, All about My Mother, and In Extremis. On television she has appeared in Fat Friends, Ted and Alice, Hippies, Vanity Fair, and as Patsy’s mother in Absolutely Fabulous. Her film credits include Wimbledon, Iris, and The Little Princess.