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While the Women are Sleeping

While the Women are Sleeping [Kindle Edition]

Javier Marias
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"[Marias] has a rare ability to haunt the imaginations of his readers. He is more than just a storyteller - he's a manipulator of the psyche who can jolt his readers into new states of perception. Quite a feat for any writer" (New York Journal of Books)

"This is a rewarding collection by one of contemporary literature's masters" (Alex Rayner Guardian)

"The mannered, precise prose is typically well crafted and the observational comedy at its sharpest. . . Marias thrives in the domain of the mild macabre" (Times Literary Supplement)

"Clever and strange... A fascinating patchwork of characters and stories" (The Times)

"Mirroring ghosts, and doubles are all present in these haunting short stories by the celebrated Spanish author Javier Marías... Superb" (Lesie McDowell Independent on Sunday)

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'The world looks different, people speak and act differently after you have read his work' (Allan Massie, Scotsman): a creepy, disturbing and sharply brilliant short story collection from the masterful Javier Marías.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 199 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (3 Nov 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004M8S436
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #273,937 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By John P. Jones III TOP 500 REVIEWER
This is a collection of 10 short stories written by Javier Marias; all but one were written before 1991. I have previously read, and even been enthralled with two other Marias' works, Dark Back Of Time and Tomorrow In The Battle Think On Me A couple of Marias' themes that would appear in these major works, which were published in the mid-90's, are previewed in these stories, namely, the "King of Redonda," John Gawsworth, and the "beggar's curse" upon three generations of eldest sons dying far from home.

In the first story, which lends its title to this collection, Marias poses a moral dilemma that many of us have no doubt faced, and is best summed up by the following line: "You can't report intentions." Who amongst us has not talked with a stranger who is apparently quite mad, discussing his plans for mayhem or more, and do we just shrug, and say: "Yeah, but he'll never really do it," or, do we have an obligation to report those intentions, knowing that effective action by the authorities is highly unlikely. It is the sort of dilemma that Marias thrives in exploring.

In "Gualta," in just seven pages, Marias explores the ramifications of dealing with one's "double," and again this theme is touched on in "Lord Rendall's Song" when a World War II soldier comes home to his wife. In "One Night of Love" Marias topic is married love life, and how it could be "spiced up" by a seeming most unlikely source: love letters from the mistress of one's father. It is this "edgy" quality to Marias's writing, and never really knowing which direction that he will take; the turns and twists in the plot, that make reading him so enjoyable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars While the women are sleeping 24 Jan 2011
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A mixed bag here. The opening story of this selection is probably the strongest and has all the hallmarks of the enigmatic style of the author: attention to absurd detail, humorous insights into personality and sexual identity. The other stories are good but lack the scope of this intriguing tale.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great introduction to Marias 31 Dec 2010
By CeeCee
I was recommended this book by a friend who was slightly aghast when I told him I had not read any Marias. He mentioned this small book of collected short stories as an introduction and I was not dissapointed. Funny, poignat, thoughprovoking and subtle, they are a great intro to the author and it is the perfect book to dip in and out of when wanting to read a few pages of great writing. I will certainly be revisiting his other titles. (The cover and title of this book is great too!)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A selection of short stories 25 Mar 2014
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A good selection of short stories with a supernatural theme. This book is handy for when you want something to read but don't know when you'll be able to pick it up again next so you can read a whole story in one sitting.
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