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S|IThree books offer life-changing wake-ups

Family-runhideout is tops for downtown 1

By Nick Broughton
Daily Arts Writer
Great books can wake you up like a
scarce few experiences outside the realm
of real life. They work the same way as
film or music but with a level of purity
unmatched by other mediums. That's not
to put down music and film, but they
really don't even approach the level of
genius springing forth from the individ-
ual minds who write their way through
the silence, utterly alone. Three books I

recently read really demonstrate how
much the human mind is capable of. Two
of them are fiction and one is a self-help
book of unparalleled insight, but all three
can stretch readers to a new dimension of
living. -
This elegantly written romance novel
is set in Napoleonic Europe, and its story
centers around two unlikely souls: Henri,
Napoleon's faithful cook, and Villanelle,
a Venetian boatman's daughter. The two

Courtesy of the Mooern Library
James Joyce gets pensive, post-"Ulysses."

of them take turns narrating the book in a
style so simple and beautiful I could cry
to know I didn't come up with it myself.
As Napoleon works his way across
Europe, Henri and Villanelle cross paths
and are forever changed by each other.
For his part, Henri falls in love complete-
ly with Villanelle. He becomes lost in his
vision of her, and ultimately must con-
template the position he finds himself in
of making a supreme sacrifice for her.
Winterson puts so many layers into
less than 200 pages of prose. She begins
with the childhoods of two people and
from there goes on to create two of mod-
ern fiction's most memorable characters.
The amount of historical depth she
recreates - the wartime setting is bril-
liantly researched - makes the reader
wonder if such a story actually happened,
despite its subtly integrated supernatural
elements. Winterson's portrait of
Napoleon himself, in a few short second-
hand passages, is more immediate and
personal than Tolstoy ever dreamed of.
On top of all this, "The Passion" is a
meditation on love, loss and human

frailty comparable in stature to
Nabokov's "Lolita."
The greatest character, though, is the
author's use of language. It is reminiscent
of a fairy tale in its heart-aching beauty.
Knowingly, Winterson muses, "To kiss
well one must kiss solely. No groping
hands or stammering hearts. The lips and
the lips alone are the pleasure. Passion is
sweeter split strand by strand."
Formerly a preacher, Winterson pos-
sesses a spiritual background which
bleefs through every page of her opus.
When Henri contemplates his love for
Villanelle, he hints at a spiritual awaken-
ing any reader might have in such a con-
suming affair with this very book: "It is as
though I wrote in a foreign language that
I am suddenly able to read. Wordlessly,
she explains me to myself. Like genius,
she is ignorant of what she does."
Another book of unbelievable beauty,
"Ulysses" suffers from what is by now
the unlucky handicap of being consid-

few Mexican and Cuban flags and a
small fountain. Right away, I knew
I'd be paying for quality food rather
than the expensive and inauthentic
decorations that are found at many
commercialized Mexican restau-
I was then seated by a smiling
waiter who brought me to a table
where fresh, homemade chips and
salsa awaited me. I'm a sucker for
free appetizers. However, I do have to
admit I was disappointed to find out
that only the first basket of chips is
free and each following basket costs
an extra S I.25. But don't get me
wrong, I bought two extra baskets
and they were worth every penny. The
sheer quality of the items made me
consider my money well spent.
I then opened the Sabor Latino
menu and was pleased by the wide
variety of selections, including a few
I'd never before heard of, such as
botanas and tortas. What really
caught my eye on the menu were the
inexpensive a la carte items. For

example, tacos and enchilada
respectively only $1.35 and
apiece and can both be made
either chicken, steak, pork or
vegetables. I could easily walk]i
myself up on chips and a few
and leave with a full stomac
only a $5 dent in my wallet. Nc
I had to say.
However, some might require
mass from a meal. Those mdiv
can feast their eyes on the "D
section of the menu. All the
entrees are priced at $8.25 and
feature massive amounts of del
Mexican food with rice, bean
tuce, tomato and guacamole o
side. My personal preference
dinner entree that includes a b
a taco and an enchilada with <
of any meat.
Overall, this restaurant is tas
authentic in every aspect. I
shows no restraint with its por
The front of the menu even
"Sabor Latino takes pride i
authentic family recipes," and

JesicaJo""n"n/ DAILY
Tom Brantt, who works in the area, grabs a high-value lunch at Sabor Latina.

By Darren Ringet
For the Daily
As a native of Arizona, rve been
spoiled my entire life when it comes
to Mexican food. Now that I reside in

authentic Mexican restaurant at 211
N. Main called Sabor Latino.
When I first stepped into this qual-
ity eatery, I felt right at home. I was
greeted by the smooth Latin sounds
of a pair of musicians playing their
craft on guitar and trumpet. The
ambience in this restaurant is very
cozy and casual - it only seats
about 30 customers. The decorations
are also not too elaborate, simply a

How do you say "I Love You"
for the first time, thirty years late?

Ann Arbor, I realize I'm way too far
from the border to expect my usual
standard of Mexican food. However,
{ my outlook changed when I was
given an inside tip about a quaint,


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