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4.0 out of 5 stars A very readable collection of short stories set in Galicia., 6 Mar. 2002
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These short stories have been translated from the original Galician and retain a strong flavour of that region of Spain. Rivas writes with great naturalness in a flowing style that is full of beautiful and striking figures of speech. He depicts a wide variety of situations in the different tales, but they are all very engaging and human and frequently involve an element of mystery or an unexpected twist. Although all the stories are quite short the author always has a powerful storyline and it is not surprising that episodes from the stories have been used in the making of the Spanish films "The Butterfy's Tongue" and "Vacas".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poetic and compelling short stories, 6 Jan. 2004
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This review is from: Vermeer's Milkmaid: And Other Stories (Paperback)
There is something interesting and different in all these well observed short stories about Galicia in North West Spain. The title piece is a touching tribute to the author's mother who is seen in the same light as Vermeer's milkmaid. A pageant of characters both young and old illuminate the other stories with fantastical results. Rivas certainly has his own distinctly quirky take on life which is heightened by his poetic writing and vivid imagination. These stories are an intoxicating prelude to his other books, but stand as important works of their own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you haven't yet, you should., 26 Mar. 2004
This review is from: Vermeer's Milkmaid: And Other Stories (Paperback)
Manuel Rivas is a painter of words. And he doesn't require many to paint pictures full of sense and sensuality, hope and despair, full of the basic elements that connect to all of our lives. He crafts his stories to utilize as little space as is necessary. If you can read Spanish translations of Gallego, do because they are brilliant. If you can't, read this. In any event, his talent transends language.
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Vermeer's Milkmaid: And Other Stories
Vermeer's Milkmaid: And Other Stories by Manuel Rivas (Paperback - 2 Jan. 2003)
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