Paloma Negra tells the story of a small, unidentified, and forgotten fishing town in Mexico, in the Pacific Coast. The story involves a wide cast of characters: A police captain and his German second-in-command and their violent search for justice, a doctor who has lost faith in his skills, an eternal widow whose life revolves around her long-ago deceased husband, two Romeo-and-Juliette type characters who discover in each other love and sex yet struggle with abandonment issues, a married couple who waited until they had everything in place to have children and then discovered that they waited too long, and a love affair between a bird merchant and a fisherman, the same one whose mysterious death bookends the narrative. Eventually the fisherman becomes a mythical figure in the town, when his body is found among the seaweed, transformed and amazingly preserved. This event invites all kinds of interpretations and creates confusion, as well as clarity, for the characters and the town.
|Commitee:||Del Castillo, Lina, Pett, Stephen|
|School:||Iowa State University|
|School Location:||United States -- Iowa|
|Source:||MAI 47/05M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Modern literature, American literature|
|Keywords:||Novel, Original writing|
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