An amazing re-telling of a family's history that reads just like a fiction book. Yes, the writing is simple, but I don't think it detracts from the story.
I do agree with other reviewers that the last half of the book become repetitive with Juan Salvador's mishaps. Probably some of the events and people were exaggerated somewhat, but I think that is always what happens when someone is talking about their own past or the past of a beloved father, etc. I enjoyed the bit of religious "fantasy" throughout the book and to be honest I didn't care if everything was true or not.