At the very beginning of this book there was a lot of village superstition from the young Diego’s great Aunt, and I expected the book to go with that kind of theme. Much to my surprise it did not. Instead the book delves into the personal life of the main character, Diego. How he struggles in his impoverished life in a village in Mexico during the Mexican revolution.
The book is divided up into five acts – five main parts of Diego’s life – with the first part dealing with his early life in the village. then he goes to live with his Mother’s parents – Grandparents he never knew – from the age of 12 and they make him lie about who his father is, as they are ashamed to let their well to do friends know that their daughter married a peasant.
It is during his time with his grandparents that he discovers he has a talent for singing, dancing and acting. A friend of his Grandmother schools him in the art of singing and dancing and she becomes a confidant of his.
His life seems to be set in stone, especially when he leaves school and starts working in his Grandfather’s law firm. He is paired up with the daughter of one of his Grandfather’s business associates and they become engaged. But Diego has had feelings for his male friend for quite some time and he is not entirely sure he wants to get married. On the morning of the wedding he leaves the security of his well to do life in Mexico and heads for America.
Once he arrives in america he sets about trying to establish himself as a movie star in the new talking movies. He struggles for a long while until one day he cheats his way into a role and from then on he begins to establish himself with the powers that be in the studio he has signed up to.
The story moves along at really steady and progressive stage. It is beautifully written and interesting characters leave you wanting to know what is going to happen next. My only disappointment in the story is at the very end, I thought things were going to turn out differently for Diego and was pretty disappointed they didn’t.
Overall I give this book 5 stars *****