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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping from start to finish, 2 Feb. 2014
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Beautifully written account of a love story between a painter and a philosopher, both striving to bring ideas together against the background of Spain being torn apart between the wars.
There is an awful lot going on in this novel as the author explores the philosophy of the early 20th century, fusing it with the art and poetry of the time. This is not difficult to follow, however, as we are guided through it all by an array of believable characters trying to get on with their lives as their homeland goes through a chaotic and violent renewal.
The central romance between Nayo and Jose is intense. They manage to establish an unshakable foundation from which they can create some perspective, enabling themselves and a selection of their friends and family to make sense of the events beyond their control.
The book manages to be life affirming, despite the background of brutality from the 'mass man'.
I found this novel engaging from the first word to the last. It surprised me to read that it is a first novel as it seems so accomplished. I look forward to more from this author.
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Initial post: 9 Dec 2015 21:34:53 GMT
Thank you very much for this thoughtful and detailed review. It's fantastic to discover you engaged with the story and the ideas as much as you did. That's what I live for - someone making the connection with what you've written - so thanks a million times and more. To let you know my second novel has just been published. It's not available on Amazon unfortunately but, if you're interested, it's available from the publisher's website. Here's the link for you: http://merlinpublishers.com/selectedisbnbook_eng.php?isbn=9789990915709
Thanks very much again for the way you connected with Duende and all the very best!
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