"El Morro"
by David Means
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.

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