In the first part of the book we get to know the story -- or at least part of it -- of some of the main characters; including a few local politicians, The Counselor’s followers, and Galileo Gall. However, after reading one fourth of the book, we really know nothing about The Counselor. What is his personal story? His background? His purpose?
In the two moments the book changes from having an omnipresent narrator to have Galileo Gall as the personal narrator, his thoughts bring up interesting points. Who are The Counselor’s followers? Are they part of a strategy of The Counselor to rebel against the pillars of a classist society? Is religion the only force able to strike a group of people for centuries yield to the oppression of a tyrannical church and abusive government?