"Perfectly formed . . . Although easily devoured in one sitting, this clever little book is to be contemplated at length afterwards." --"The Guardian""Showing how a child absorbs violence without awareness that something is wrong is a tricky endeavor. Mr. Villalobos nails it." --Susannah Meadows, "The New York Times"""Down the Rabbit Hole" is a miniature high-speed experiment with perspective . . . A deliberate, wild attack on the conventions of literature." --Adam Thirlwell
"Juan Pablo Villalobos brilliantly encapsulates the chaos of a lawless existence in which, under the sway of drug lords, anything might happen and everything goes . . . "Down the Rabbit Hole "is an astonishing debut." --Lucy Popescu, "The Independent
""If you're going to have an imprisoned child narrate a novel, then not so much as a word should be out of place. There are no such slips in Juan Pablo Villalobos's debut novella. We have here a control over the material which is so tight it is almost claustrophobic . . . This is a novel about failing to understand the bigger picture, and in its absence we can see it more clearly." --Nicholas Lezard, "The Guardian," ""Choice of the Week
"Villalobos creates Tochtli's half-corrupt, half-innocent world . . . with a brilliant, tragi-comic light touch." --Jane Shilling, " Daily Mail
""Juan Pablo Villalobos has done a masterful job creating a child narrator . . . "Down the Rabbit Hole" is, on the surface, innocent, clever and lovable, but its implications are deeply disturbing . . . [it] is a remarkable reflection on the uncontrollable narco violence that defines contemporary Mexico. And it's an absolute must read." --"The Coffin Factory""The riveting voice of Tochtli grasps our hearts as we realize that this is a world where even fate can be governed by power. In this miasma of pathos and politics, "Down the Rabbit Hole" brilliantly incorporates dreams, loyalty and the loss of innocence." --Alice Tao, "The Houston Chronicle"
"With this book we have discovered Juan Pablo Villalobos, a linguistic virtuoso able to penetrate the elusive world of literature, shedding light on many of its mysteries." --Jose Antonio Aguado, "Diari de Terrassa
"With "Down the Rabbit Hole," Juan Pablo Villalobos has made a dramatic entrance into the literary world. It is a book that must be read for its great aesthetic value and darkly humorous tone. A book that throws a clear light on a dark subject." --Teresa Garcia Diaz, "Amerika"show more