Click here to read the abstract of the story on The New Yorker webpage (this week’s story is available only for subscribers). David Means’ “El Morro” was originally published in the August 29, 2011 issue of The New Yorker.
I read this story this morning on my way into work, but I’m afraid I’m still a bit lost and will need to revisit it to see whether I liked it. I certainly wasn’t enjoying the first three-quarters (which, to me, were more like “The Knocking,” a story he published in The New Yorker last year (my thoughts here)), but by the end I felt that something was there worth looking into (more like “Tree Line, Kansas, 1934,” also published last year (my thoughts here)). I plan to revisit it very soon (it’s relatively short) and then post my thoughts. At this point, I don’t think I’ll end up liking this one, but I need to understand it better before I decide.
I’m certainly interested in any other thoughts in the meantime.