What’s interestingly intricate working with landscape are features that make up relationship, character, and land. In reading, Manuel Munoz’s Zigzagger, I have found that family-evasions are one of the highlights within the beginning of the book. Much subtlety is provided between family members; and I noticed the more subtle the work the more involved the family members. Mothers play a predominant role in fiction–the relationship between mother and daughter and mother and son, though I have not yet explored in depth the mother-son relationship. Landscape is and isn’t a negative space, working within a novel’s setting–at least in working with my novel and many locations prevalent and subtle are obsolete or configurative. Nothing happenstance is within a rural landscape or an urban landscape-architecture. Family-evasions, those most commonplace within an immediate family, aren’t happenstance; they happen for a reason. Much fiction happens for a reason. What’s colorful in working within the theme of the family dynamic isn’t wide open or narrow-principled but an imaginative world encompassed by a reality that isn’t perhaps a reality–but a reality that takes the shape of reality.
Subtlety, too, I’ve noticed in Munoz’s work, at least, insofar, with Zigzagger is the quickness and not so much swiftness in learning about how characters take shape within their own independent, intrinsic self-landscape. They begin to define and re-define for one another their purpose and place in the text, but, at the same time, they do and don’t yet define their purpose, which is a good thing. Much, too, is left for the imagination. The purpose, if left for the reader, even at just the onset of beginning reading his work, is magnetic to a character’s life, his/her daily life and how he/she is able to live life, which determines how people, even fiction-characters treat one another. I write quite a bit about landscape, its fruition with a character’s life or setting’s life. Landscape-in-fiction, self-identity in fiction, and a determination in finding one’s self in the process of a family’s dysfunction is best capitalized on the subtleties and nuances of those subtleties. I’m looking forward to reading more of Munoz’s work.


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