The Old Gringo by Carlos Fuentes

The Old Gringo

Carlos Fuentes with Margaret Sayers Peden (Translator)

199 pages first pub 1985 (editions)

fiction historical adventurous slow-paced


One of Carlos Fuentes's greatest works, The Old Gringo tells the story of Ambrose Bierce, the American writer, soldier, and journalist, and of his last mysterious days in Mexico living among Pancho Villa's soldiers, particularly his encounter with...

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Community Reviews Summary of 111 reviews


reflective 71%
challenging 57%
mysterious 42%
sad 42%
adventurous 28%
dark 28%
emotional 28%
tense 28%


slow 71%
medium 28%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 83% | A mix: 16%

Strong character development?

It's complicated: 40% | Yes: 40% | No: 20%

Loveable characters?

No: 66% | It's complicated: 16% | Yes: 16%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 60% | No: 40%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 83% | It's complicated: 16%

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