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5.0 out of 5 stars Unusual, subtle, ultimately rewarding collection, 22 Sept. 2008
This review is from: Last Evenings On Earth (Paperback)
One of those books, I suspect, which you either abandon in the first four pages, or add to your personal list of special books. Very different to the tradition of English story-writing, these accounts manage a strange mixture of distance and intimacy. The characters are often identified only by letters, 'A' or 'B', the narrator often seems a detatched observer, even when recounting their own past life, yet the details of events and emotions recounted draw one in and allow you to engage with and care about the characters. There is generally no plot twist at the end, in fact, often no very obvious plot at all, but I found this collection engaging, interesting and memorable. I'd recommend giving it a try to see if it works for you. I'm now going to try something else by Roberto Bolano.
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