Max in America: Into the Land of Trump

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A sheltered, artistic Mexican man.

An overprotective mother who passes away.

A balloon.

A journey across borders…both geographical and psychological.

I know everyone’s beaten down by the present U.S. administration and can probably barely endure another moment even thinking about it, but Henry Chamberlain’s Max in America: Into The Land of Trump comes at us sideways from a different point of view: one of a Mexican national.

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Remember them? The sex offenders and criminals running across our borders in droves, raping and pillaging wherever they go? Oh, wait a minute. That was the Vikings. Or was it Chaucer (yes, Chaucer!) or Jeffrey Epstein or Bill Cosby or obviously guilty but slapped on the wrist Kavanaugh or the Church covering up—to this day–for disturbed priests?

Rape aside, what about other criminals? The Madoffs and the Mansons, the Enron guys and the Ted Bundys? And yes, women too. Shouldn’t we worry about being murdered in our high schools by our fellow Americans or while we’re listening to music at a concert before we worry about Mexico?

I think so.

Realizing late in life that the beloved comics he’s always enjoyed lack Mexican-themed stories, Max comes to understand that his mother’s zero interest in Mexican culture fostered much of his blindness toward racial and cultural inequality, and once he “immigrates” to America, he can’t help but continue on to related, much larger issues.

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Once in the States, he begins to face the bigotry and biases that “ethnic” Americans face every day, and the author impresses upon us a startling truth out of this: “Your otherness becomes you.”

As Max continues on a fairy-tale like adventure buoyed by strange luck and almost ludicrously chance events which propel him into stand-up comedy on a quest across the States to “press the buttons” of a sometimes complacent society, I learned a lot, including some interesting stories about past personalities like George Herriman, an American cartoonist, famous for Krazy Kat, who passed for white but spoke about racial injustice through his character in code.

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Throw in the author’s delightful artwork before every chapter and lines like, “He might turn you in to ICE.”
“He might turn me into ice?”!
and you’ve got a quirky, odd saga told with insight, feeling, and humor. One can’t help but root for Max…who is, in the end, rooting for all of us.

I would definitely not skip over the epilogue, as a reader. The press conference following Trump and Putin’s secret meeting is displayed in full and is a mind-boggling read, complete with both of these dangerous men at one point actually applying the word “humanitarian” in regards to themselves. Mind-blowing. Craziness. Max in America.

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19 thoughts on “Max in America: Into the Land of Trump

  1. Hi, Neil. Yeah, it’s a quirky, sweet little treat.
    And you’re the most mature person I’ve come across, including myself (as not mature), calling him Donald instead of an insulting nickname, lol. Props!

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  2. This looks quite interesting and I have often wondered how a Mexican national sees America in today’s world.
    You can call Trump his name but the cheetah and I would just would like him six feet under,of natural causes of course…….

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  3. Well, considering how he refuses to stop shaking hands and has already hung out with infected senators and won’t get himself tested….your wish may just come true, Michael, in a stunning act of beautiful, shining karma…… 🙂

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  4. Isn’t it an author’s dream to have readers really enjoy their writing, to really get it? Wow, Stacey, you have given me quite a gift with your review of my book. As the best among us bloggers know, there’s an art to writing a review and a book review is the most delightful challenge since, if you’re motivated by the work, you want to find a way to do it justice. A book review requires more work than a movie review since it demands more attention and you don’t necessarily have other people who are also familiar with what you’re writing about. You got to the essence of my novel with your insight and distinctive humor. I salute you! Maximo is quite a character, indeed. It would be a shame if readers didn’t get a chance to know him and hear what he had to say. You’ve helped me get closer to that goal.

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    • You’re very welcome, H.C. I’m glad you’re happy! It WOULD be shame if readers missed out on Max and his enthusiasm for life. But I’m sure he will be discovered by more as time goes on…….! 🙂 🙂

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  5. The best way to view any culture is through an outsider’s eyes. From your review, it sounds as if Max’s voice is very much worth listening to. I love it when writers come at things from quirky angles.
    (And wouldn’t it be ironic if the Orange One were to fall victim to COVID-19? Dare I say it might be the only way to beat the insipid Democratic candidate. How can Biden get in ahead of Tulsi Gabbard?).

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  6. Well, sometimes the discourse in America, with its many monsters, some of them out of the closet, and shameless, remind us of the bigotry latent in America, but like everything sooner, or later it should pass, and with Mr. Trump hopefully sooner. 🙂

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    • Yes, B.H., the bigotry seemed to go underground for a while…but it was down there, hidden, alive and well, unfortunately. Hopefully Mr. T. does pass sooner than later and then becomes just a bad memory and a black mark in our history books. Well, another black mark among many, sadly.

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  7. When you finally write your memoirs: “Awooo! Is The Moon Full Again?!” I can’t WAIT to write a review, Wolfie.
    Thank you for your kind words! 🙂 🙂

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  8. “both of these dangerous men at one point actually applying the word “humanitarian” in regards to themselves”

    Both are dangerous because it’s part of their job description to be dangerous, sitting on huge arsenals of nuclear weaponry and gigantic militaries. So nothing wrong with being a dangerous president in today’s world.
    But only one of those two is a naturally aggressive dangerous man, one who uses his war machine to invade and rape other countries, while the other uses his military mainly for defensive and supportive actions. One fights to steal natural resources, like oil, the other to keep the aggressor away from his borders. One suppresses his own people, the other empowers and enriches them. One actively divides his people, the other unites them. One is hated by a majority of his own people and most of the civilized world, the other is generally beloved by a huge majority all over the world. One doesn’t play by the rules, cheats and lies, the other is an overall good boy.
    One isn’t a humanitarian, the other is. 🙂

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