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5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary meditation on life, death and love.
This novel is both complex and simple. The themes are the big ones: love, life, loss, death, marriage, children and our search for meaning in the human experience. Sounds a lot for book of 150 pages.... But, boy, does Neuman succeed. The book is told in the voices of the three members of a young family, giving the narrative a very personal feel. But the things we are told...
Published 10 months ago by Marcus Wouter

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2.0 out of 5 stars AN UNENJOYABLE BOOK
The thoughts of three people dealing with illness and impending death is the premise of this novel.
Lito, the ten year old boy
Elena, the wife/mother
Mario, the husband/father who is sick

I never got a sense of who these people were and I still didn't like them.

Mario is terminally ill but we don't know from what, or for how long, we...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary meditation on life, death and love., 5 April 2014
This review is from: Talking to Ourselves (Paperback)
This novel is both complex and simple. The themes are the big ones: love, life, loss, death, marriage, children and our search for meaning in the human experience. Sounds a lot for book of 150 pages.... But, boy, does Neuman succeed. The book is told in the voices of the three members of a young family, giving the narrative a very personal feel. But the things we are told by the three are profound, funny and memorable. You will rapidly begin to care for these three souls. I will be following Andres Neuman from now on. And this is a book I will keep and re-read whenever I can.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written and very well translated, 11 May 2014
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I read this book after hearing Andreas Neuman being interviewed on radio 4. It is told from the the perspective three people the husband wife and small son and he captures the separate voice of each wonderfully. A relatively short book that doesn't flag at any moment and carries you through this very moving story, highly recommended, it loses a star only because it's a quick read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning short novel, 13 April 2014
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A beautifully written story about a family trying to cope with grief.
The husband has a terminal illness and he takes his son on a journey . Sad and wonderful .
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2.0 out of 5 stars AN UNENJOYABLE BOOK, 28 May 2014
This review is from: Talking to Ourselves (Paperback)
The thoughts of three people dealing with illness and impending death is the premise of this novel.
Lito, the ten year old boy
Elena, the wife/mother
Mario, the husband/father who is sick

I never got a sense of who these people were and I still didn't like them.

Mario is terminally ill but we don't know from what, or for how long, we are only allowed to surmise. Mario's chapters are sparse so we don't get much from him at all.

Lito's chapters are also sparse, but not especially relevant since the boy has no idea his father is dying.

Elena's chapters are over long, much longer than Mario and Lito's combined, with way too much referencing quotations from other books. (The author would like us to know that he is well read??)

Elena, the wife/mother has a sleazy affair with her husband's doctor, Dr. Escalante, told in great sexual detail.

I don't completely blame Elena for her sordid indiscretion, but Dr. Escalante, whose thoughts we are not privy to is a debauched, abhorrent doctor who has never heard of the Hippocratic Oath.

It's only 148 pages, but it's 148 pages I could have done without.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book hits deep into your heart, 24 April 2014
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Pain isolates, and the way we cope with that isolation. Profound, engaged and sad but somehow gives one a sense of closure.​
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