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by T.C. Boyle

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Part I of the novel opens with Delaney Mossbacher, a middle-class, white American and nature enthusiast, hitting thirty-three year old Cándido Rincón, an illegal Mexican immigrant, with his car as the latter was crossing the road in Topanga Canyon, near Los Angelels, California. Though the Mexican is badly injured, he simply accepts twenty dollars from Delaney and the two part ways. Delaney, extremely shaken up by the incident but confident that the whole affair is over, gets his car fixed and goes back to his highly scheduled, routine life in his neighborhood of Arroyo Blanco. Every morning he makes breakfast for his wife, Kyra, and his stepson, Jordan, Kyra's son from her first marriage, and after sending them safely on their ways, he…

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Posted By alex m #392988 at Oct 13, 2014 1:01 AM


Posted By alex m #392988 at Oct 12, 2014 4:31 PM

How does Candido change from part 1 to part 2?

Does he think different? Does he change emotional?

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Posted By mike b #372347 at May 15, 2014 5:38 PM