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5.0 out of 5 stars Once you're in his Argentina, the madness makes sense
AT first, this all seems crazed, over-egged, ridiculous, sprawling compared to the Barcelona books. Then you realise what's going on: the extended riffs on Borges and magical realism, the descent into the madness of a political system gone haywire, the parodies, the monstrous characters, the totally bonkers food - all that meat!

And, at the extraordinary finale...
Published 21 months ago by T. Morton

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3.0 out of 5 stars It's worth a second look
Enjoyed the South American setting; took me a white to get to grips with it. Many characters and a convoluted yet obvious plot. Overall, I liked the style.
Published 18 months ago by Alan Eaton


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5.0 out of 5 stars Once you're in his Argentina, the madness makes sense, 27 Oct 2012
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AT first, this all seems crazed, over-egged, ridiculous, sprawling compared to the Barcelona books. Then you realise what's going on: the extended riffs on Borges and magical realism, the descent into the madness of a political system gone haywire, the parodies, the monstrous characters, the totally bonkers food - all that meat!

And, at the extraordinary finale - a meal, inevitably - all the corruption and horror of the Dirty War is served up, piled up in extraordinarily disturbing and yet very funny detail.

The whole thing is hung on a private detective's search for a missing man who isn't really missing. That is both an irrelevance and a central motif.

There's nothing else in literature like this. Just amazing. And very strange.
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4.0 out of 5 stars More that a thriller., 20 Jun 2013
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Montalban's writing shows him to have been a polymath masquerading as a thriller writer. As well as offering the reader several social and philosophic points to ponder it keeps one hooked by being a regular page-turner. A good read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's worth a second look, 21 Jan 2013
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Enjoyed the South American setting; took me a white to get to grips with it. Many characters and a convoluted yet obvious plot. Overall, I liked the style.
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