Goodreads Review: The Repossession Mambo by Eric Garcia

The Repossession MamboThe Repossession Mambo by Eric Garcia

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was an angst-filled teenager who felt completely different from the world, self-absorbed with my emotions, unable to understand my place in the world, and a boatload of esteem issues.

You know, I was completely normal.

One thing I was obsessed with was my looks. I hated them. I wanted to look like just about anyone else, except for the really ugly kid in my class. Not him. If there was one thing I could use to comfort myself through those awkward years, was that I wasn’t nearly as ugly as that kid. His nickname was “Ugly,” for crying out loud. I hope he found a great therapist. I still can’t find him on Facebook; he’s probably gorgeous now. Or dead.

I suppose if Jude Law had been doing movies during my formative years, I probably would have wished I looked like him every night as I cried into my pillow. He’s pretty dreamy. Lean body, sexy accent…the guy has it going on. No wonder he’s a successful movie star.

Jude Law did a fun little sci-fi move a couple years ago, Repo Men, with Forest Whitaker. The basic concept is that in the future, artificial organs of all varieties are readily available, and grotesquely expensive. It’s easy to get one, and soon afterwards you are buried in payments you can’t afford. When you fall behind, a few company toughs come and rip it out of your body and leave you for dead.

If you bought a house in 2005, you probably know how this feels.

In the film, Jude is one of those toughs, has the tables turned on him, goes on the run, and fights the system. All the while, he is writing a book about his experiences. Everyone wants to write a frakking memoir! Even fictional people…how tiresome.

The title of his tell-all book is The Repossession Mambo. This is a nice Meta touch. I always loves me the Meta.

The Repossession Mambo, the book you can actually buy, which you might think is a narrative version of the film, or perhaps the inspiration, is actually neither. What’s fairly interesting is that the book and the film were developed at the same time, and although most of the story is the same, the final act is different. In this case, if you have seen the movie, you don’t know the book.

That’s kind of refreshing and fun because if you liked the movie, you’ll actually like the book for other reasons. Works in reverse too.

The book itself is a fine little read. It’s dark and satirical, and also as grisly as you would expect considering the story. It’s a future that is plausible, and almost somewhat likely.
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