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This review is from: Marina (Hardcover)
"We only remember what never really happened."
This is a story of many layers and folds. One is the story of Oscar Drai, a young boy of fifteen in the late 1970s in Barcelona, a school student who spends his free time wandering the old and forgotten streets of the city. Another is the story of Marina and her father, and the love for a dead woman. And another is the mysterious story of the old woman who delivers a flower to a grave on the last Sunday of every month. Is her story related to the story of Mijail Kolvenik? And if so, how and why? And how could it possibly involve Oscar and Marina?
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The only problem I had with it was that it just always felt, right the way through reading it, that it wanted to be set earlier than 1980 - to me, the atmosphere, the environment, the people all really wanted to be set some 40 or 50 years earlier. But maybe that was just me.
Overall, the story is a wonderful tale of mystery and imagination (rather Poe-like). The language and the narrative are wonderfully captivating and lyrical, and the characters are all odd enough to capture the reader's interest. A great read (but I did just feel the period setting was somehow wrong). Definitely recommended.
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Initial post: 13 Jan 2014 22:51:10 GMT
Last edited by the author on 13 Jan 2014 22:51:41 GMT
I definitely agree with you on the point that the book should/could have been set a few decades earlier. The whole time I was reading it I was picturing the late 40s in my head, only to be surprised every time '1980' would pop up in the narrative. But, nonetheless, I've loved everything CRZ has written so far.
In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jan 2014 23:46:42 GMT
Keen Reader says:
Oh I'm glad it wasn't just me - that's exactly how I felt when reading it. I shall have to look out some more by the author, I definitely enjoyed this one.
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