This is lush and hilarious and I am really enjoying it. Call it a palate cleanser after the bleak and grim. It is set in Peru in the 40's and so far I am a huge fan. Apparently there was a movie version made in the 90's with Keanu Reeves. Go figure. Hilarious and South American are two phrases that do not come to mind. I will update when I finish but so far this book is just what I needed.
Also I swear I will take During/After pictures tomorrow.