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Possibly the worst book ever,
This review is from: Three Trapped Tigers (Paperback)
This book is clearly not suited to translation. But that's not a good enough excuse.
The first quarter or so is promising - interesting characters, jazz reference and witty dialogue set in the 50s Havana underworld. But quickly the novel obliterates itself with rambling non-sensical letter-soup poured over the next few hundred pages. The word play is annoying and largely pointless. It even feels inappropriate to call it "play". Word dysentery.
Smatterings of something commendable sporadically turn up but the majority is absolute try-hard, fail-hard tripe.
"Spooneristmus in my handshake and later outlawside with my handsoff": what a lunatic. I don't even care if this is critically acclaimed - I'm telling you the emperor is butt-naked - and his butt is one inch from your face.
The ending was no redemption. And the epilogue just made things worse.