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This review is from: All Souls (Penguin Modern Classics) (Kindle Edition)
This novel by Javier Marias takes place in Oxford and its university. Like the author himself the narrator is Spanish and spends two years working at the university, however we never know the narrator's name. As the narrator looks back on his time at Oxford we follow his memories as he tells us of his adulterous affair with a colleague's wife, and the girl he meets in a disco.
If you are looking for something which has some action or excitement in it, then this isn't the book for you, as nothing much really happens throughout the story. Instead this has some keen observations on the British beggar compared to his Spanish counterpart, and quite a few interesting characters, as well as its comic moments. With the narrator inventing his own etymologies for Spanish words, and people who were once spies and avid book collectors this is an interesting read that does hold your attention. If you are looking for something a bit laid back that you can relax and enjoy then this may be the book for you.