Yesterday, while you waited for some CD's to be toasted, you had the chance to read Aura by Carlos Fuentes
. Despite the controversy some years ago, you didn't got time to read it earlier.
It's interesting how is written in second person... it reminded you of how you used to joke about how young people use second person instead of pasive sentences. For example your students explaining their proyects: "you move this piece and you open this part" instead of "to open this part, this piece has to be moved".
Carlos Fuentes' novel is just about the right length... it is really hard for you to read on second person for a long time. Anyway, it gives you the feeling of really being there and not just observe and imagine from the distance. It's just the opposite effect as having people telling you stories, so that you can understand Laura's life.
You realised that the controversy about the secretary of labour banning that book is just outrageous. You imagined that if he could, he would actually burn many other books, starting by all Barbara Cartland's soft porn novels. And probably all issues of "el libro vaquero" which are actually more graphic than Aura. Milan Kundera or Gabo
wouldn't stand a chance with a censorship like that.
You better start reading "platero y yo" to keep your mind pure and clean... or even better, you just go to Mc Allen.