Pablo Escobar: My Father - Juan Pablo Escobar

Reading Challenge Category: Fancied reading more on the subject

Official Blurb:

Until now, we believed that everything had been said about the rise and fall of the most infamous drug lord of all time, Pablo Escobar – from books to film to the cult series ‘Narcos’. But these versions have always been told from the outside, only capturing half the truth, and never from the intimacy of his own home. Now, more than two decades after the full-fledged manhunt finally caught up with Escobar, his son brings us the dramatic truth as never before.
Here we find a man of contradictions – generosity and infinite love for his family; yet capable of the most extreme acts of cruelty and violence. In a deeply personal exploration of his father, we see the inner world of a man who was celebrated by some as a benevolent Robin Hood figure and by others, as a dangerous leader of the most ruthless mafia organisation in human history, reaping vengeance and death on anyone that might stand in his way.
When Escobar died, his then teenage son vowed revenge. But Escobar Jr. quickly recognised that meant following in his father's footsteps―something neither of them had ever wanted. With his change of heart, he denounced the Pablo Escobar legacy. This is far from the story of a child seeking redemption, but a shocking look at the consequences of violence and his attempt to come to terms with it.

My Thoughts:

Juan Pablo Escobar's "Pablo Escobar: My Father" offers an intriguing perspective on the infamous drug lord's life, yet it falls short of the emotional depth found in his mother's memoir. Written with a distinctly factual tone, this book attempts to fill in some of the gaps in the Escobar saga. However, it often comes across as impersonal, lacking the vivid portrayal of fear and emotions that one might expect in a story of this magnitude.
While reading, there were instances where it seemed as though the author was compelled to share certain details but lacked comprehensive knowledge about them. This left the narrative feeling somewhat sparse and incomplete. I appreciate the insights provided by Juan Pablo Escobar, but it's clear that there are limits to what anyone outside of Pablo himself can truly know about the subject.
Having delved into this account, I can't help but feel that I've exhausted the topic. It's challenging to imagine what more there is to learn, as the book doesn't offer the visceral connection I had hoped for. Nevertheless, I'm glad to have read it and gained a different perspective on the life of Pablo Escobar.

Pablo Escobar: My Father
by Juan Pablo Escobar
Date Started
10th September 2023
Date Finished
15th september 2023