The Colonel probably believed that he was the only one who could protect Alicia, and I also believed the Colonel imprinted his deceased wife onto Alicia.
The novel bluntly exposed the sinful corruptions that were happening within the governing systems. The Sympathizer Viet Thanh Nguyen. I had to read this for a lit and film class, and I have to say it was enjoyable. Meet Libby. Alicia Mindreau was portrayed as an indifferent, emotionless daughter, who had a secret with her father.
You really have to go back several times to reread the dialogues in order to speculate your own investigation. If in fact, the incest affair was true, I believed that the Colonel would be twisted enough to torture the boy as described in the book. They thought getting beaten and offering sexual favors were part of their every life. Molero was a cholo, and the Colonel treated the lower classes like dirt.
Collier Books Macmillan Publishing Company. Lituma was the protagonist and the narrator of the story. There wasn't a definite truth about the murderer. I'd recommend it to anyone who is a fan of detective novels, the author, or modern day Latin American literature. Who Killed Palomino Molero? Customer Ratings 4. Lituma seemed to be sentimental and imaginary, many of his thoughts and ratiocination are shared throughout the texts, but most of them are false. Molero was portrayed as an angelic character that was polite and gentle.
The promiscuity of Tiger Lily and her sexual offerings as gratitude to the Lieutenant also showed that women at that time were brainwashed into thinking they were born as sex machines to the man. However, he was born from an upper family, so the Colonel appointed him to Alicia so that the Colonel could control the boyfriend and his daughter in the long run. Their superiors are indifferent; the commanding officer of the air base stands in their way; but Silva and Lituma are determined to uncover the truth.
I believe part of the reason that Alicia fell in love with Molero was because Molero did not look like a cholo.
I was not certain about the real murderer of Palomino Molero. View More by This Author. He strictly followed the caste system of the Latin culture, and believed strongly that his upper-class daughter was swindled and taken advantage of by the lower class Molero.
Secondly, in his twisted mind, he was determined that Molero raped Alicia. This wonderful detective novel is set in Peru in the 1950s. The Colonel believed that Alicia was too innocent to distinguish between love and coax.