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4.0 out of 5 stars An easy introduction to Bolano, 4 Jun 2013
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This review is from: The Third Reich (Paperback)
The Third Reich is an atmospheric, claustrophobic tale. The story revolves round Udo Breger's return to a Spanish hotel which he had visited years before with his parents. While there Udo gets drawn into a strange local World with a possible affair, crimes alleged and a dead body all the while playing war games with particularly strange and possibly sinister war games novice whom he meets.
This is not a novel driven by plot - though it has a good story. Its driven by the atmosphere of disquiet and by Udo's descent into a psychological mess, and his involvement in things he just does not understand (and which are only obliquely apparent to the reader). This is all reflected in the weather, which deteriorates from the summer of the opening, to off-season conclusion, with the Costa Brava becoming ever less enticing. Ultimately, little happens through the whole novel, and it's the ever present sense that something big is about to occur which is so unsettling. It's a disturbing but very rewarding read.
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The Third Reich by Roberto Bolano (Paperback - 30 Aug 2012)
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