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Beautifully and distractingly simple,
This review is from: The Book of Chameleons (Paperback)
What a great book! This is one of those rare pieces of literature that I will just have to go on and on about to friends, family and anyone who will listen!
Our narrator, Eulalio, (and this is not a spoiler - it says on the back cover!) is a gecko, living on the wall of a man who sells pasts. In his own inimitable style, he relates the goings on of the man, an albino Angolan, as he becomes entangled with The Foreigner and a woman who exudes light, two photographers viewing either end of a spectrum of an idea. It is truly a beautiful piece of prose, thanks to Hahn's deft handling of the translation, and the ease with which it reads belies the truth at it's heart. Whilst being a contemplation of memory, of truth, and of beauty, it is also a political commentary, a satire of bureaucracy and bureaucrats, and a great tale.
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Initial post: 9 Oct 2014 13:54:21 BDT
Sorry, it IS a spoiler (never read blurbs!) but the English publishers were the original spoilsports. The Portuguese edition does not mention chameleons in the title - still less depict one!
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