- Alternate Character Interpretation: literary built on it. We never get a truly trustworthy description on the motives, personality and backstory of Ulises, Arturo or Cesarea, and everything that is said about them is arbitrary and contradictory.
- Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: About 70% of the novel has nothing to do with the actual "plot" and is just whatever the narrator in turn wants to talk about. It does have to do with the main idea though. Sometimes. A straighter version would be the chapters on the Book Fair at the end or the one about the 1968 Shooting in Mexico, they have nothing to do with any main character and are never referred to again. They are still some of the best loved parts of the book, though.
YMMV / The Savage Detectives