Light Action in the Caribbean Light Action in the Caribbean    
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She was out there somewhere, way past where I had gone. She was walking in from some distant place, and I knew I had to get there.

--from "The Deaf Girl" by Barry Lopez
The first aspect of Barry Lopez's collection that impresses the reader is the tremendous scope of the stories. Geographically, they sweep from the Western U.S. to Lima to Quarain; formally, they range from traditional to magical to hypertextual. But whether the characters in these stories take the form of itinerant "lost souls" or obsessed scholars, they speak to our own senses of important opportunities missed and distant lands coveted. These two senses are tangled deliciously in "The Deaf Girl" and "Light Action in the Caribbean", the two stories that Lopez credits with providing Light Action in the Caribbean an awareness of pure evil. He succeeds in evoking, by different means, other complicated emotions in "Rubén Mendoza Vega" and "The Mappist", two stories that examine the burdens of family history and the desire of a father to see his child's true nature with a clearer eye.

In this issue of Bold Type, read "Rubén Mendoza Vega" from Light Action in the Caribbean and an interview with Barry Lopez.

--Anson Lang
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