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Book Review: Pure Bred Chihuahua by Marco Zaffino

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If you were to look through my book collection you would probably realize fairly quickly that I am a big fan of the classics and not really into modern literature.

However, every now and then a new book comes along that isn’t just a fluffed up film manuscript waiting for the right person to pick it up but is actually an entertaining, original and well written novel. Pure Bred Chihuahua by Marco Zaffino is one of these such books.

Pure Bred Chihuahua is the story of a modern day visionary, Vernon Young, who is lost in a world of drugs, despair and destruction, that is until he meets Carmine D’Uccello, a diplomat in more than one sense of the word.

Along with Carmine and his overly friendly cousin Marigold, Vernon must travel across both mental and physical worlds and face unparalleled wonders and terrors in order to find out his purpose in life and his place in the universe.

As someone who usually sticks with realist, classic, Russian literature, such as Dostoevsky and Tolstoy, you can imagine I was a little skeptical about this book. However, Pure bred Chihuahua turned out to be one of the most unique, fascinating and enjoyable books I have ever read.

Although the stray crosses multiple dimensions, planets and realities it actually remains very grounded, with problems and issues that can be related too by anyone.

As well as being a very original story, Pure Bred Chihuahua also has a fantastic writing style. Zaffino’s talent really shines through with the constant switch between narrators and strength of multiple characters, rather than just one main protagonist.

The books ends with an almighty crescendo that is emotional, jaw dropping and completely unexpected.

It may not sound like your usual thriller or rom-com, but Pure Bred Chihuahua is definitely worth a read for anyone who is looking for something a bit different.

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