The Empire of Yearning by Oakland Ross

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The Empire of Yearning cannot be said to succeed as a novel or to fulfill the promise of its basis in historical fact, but the myth it alludes to still resonates today in Mexico — at least the myth in its political aspect of lawlessness.
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It is 1864, and Mexico is bankrupt and riven by civil war. After a dangerous army officer survives a bungled assassination attempt, young, bookish Diego Serrano is inadvertently pulled into a drama of loyalty and deceit that unfolds against a backdrop of imperial splendour and brutal conflict. Diego is forced to make a soul-wrenching choice, and his decision will have seismic consequences for himself and his nation.

 

About Oakland Ross

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OAKLAND ROSS is the author of the novel The Dark Virgin, the travel memoir A Fire on the Mountains, and Guerrilla Beach, a collection of short stories that was shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award. He is a features writer for the Toronto Star and spent several years as the Star’s Middle East correspondent. He previously lived in Zimbabwe and Mexico City as The Globe and Mail’s Africa and Latin America correspondent. Ross is the winner of two National Newspaper Awards, a National Magazine Award for fiction and the Roland Michener Award for Meritorious Public Service in Journalism. He lives in Toronto.
 
Published April 23, 2013 by HarperCollins Publishers. 368 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Toronto Star

Excellent
Reviewed by Nancy Wigston on Apr 19 2013

A narrative that captures a beauty and mystery that linger long after the lights go out on this imperial chapter in Mexican history.

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Below average
Reviewed by Philip Marchand on Apr 26 2013

The Empire of Yearning cannot be said to succeed as a novel or to fulfill the promise of its basis in historical fact, but the myth it alludes to still resonates today in Mexico — at least the myth in its political aspect of lawlessness.

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