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Gaudi Afternoon Paperback – 8 Aug 1991

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  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Virago (8 Aug. 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853812641
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853812644
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 1.1 x 12.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,317,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read this book before visiting Barcelona. I enjoyed the story and the description of the city. It is worth reading but don't expect to be wowed!
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A Cassandra Reilly Mystery.

Spanish translator and amateur detective Cassandra is called up by femme fatale Frankie Stevens, to locate her husband Ben, who has vanished.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Hilareous Madcap Mystery!! 1 July 1998
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Barbara Wilson can write! I've also read her book "Cows and Horses", actually I've read it more than once. I intend to read many more of her books.
"Gaudi Afternoon" is written with style, wit and flair. I loved every single page of it. It made me laugh outloud, and kept me guessing.
Set in Barcelona, Spain, the environment is so well reflected in the book, Ms. Wilson definitely is either familiar with the area and it's people, or did extensive research.
The narrator, Cassandra, is kept guessing as much as we are, as the plot twists and turns--but never loses it's reader.
No one is really as they initially seem, from the character, Frankie, who hires Cassandra to find her husband Ben, right through to a surprise about Ben's girlfriend, April!
One of the things that makes this mystery unique is the fact it doesn't revolve around the usual murder.
Everything about "Gaudi Afternoon" is refreshing and unique.
2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I can not believe anyone reviewed this novel, yet ... 19 Jun. 2016
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I can not believe anyone reviewed this novel, yet series, positively. Dear god, I kept reading it to see why anyone rated it positively to absolutely no avail. If this is supposedly to be a "European" perspective I want nothing to do with it. I've never written a review but I hope I can stop others from going down an unworthy path.
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 16 Feb. 2014
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Cassandra Reilly is a Spanish translator, working on an epic South American novel when she gets a call from her friend, Lucy, whose other friend Frankie is in a bit of a pickle.

Frankie's ex-husband Ben has absconded to Barcelona and Frankie needs to see him to sign some urgent paperwork, but she doesn't speak a word of Spanish. Cassandra is reluctant at first, but the money Frankie offers is too good to be true and it would be no hardship for Cassandra to finish the translation of the book in Spain.

But as it turns out, Frankie didn't tell her the whole truth and Cassandra, like the reader takes a while to figure it all out.

The pages just flew by, Ms. Wilson's writing flowed so well. It's not a murder mystery, but more asking the questions - who are we? And do how other people see us define who we are or who we would like to be? There is genderbending aplenty in this novel, with mistaken identies and mistaken genders galore, which lost a bit of its sparkle after the third of fourth time it happened.

Some things were a bit dated, such as cameras with film which needed to be devoloped rather than digital, which most people would use nowadays. I suppose professional photographers might still use film for some things, but Cassandra was definitely not a photographer.

I've never been to Barcelona, but the author described it so well that I almost think I have been. It was a fun, light-hearted read despite some of the subject matter and the parts of the other novel Cassandra was translating were hilarious. I was very disappointed though near the end, when the secret of Raoul's black bag was about to be revealed, and Cassandra's briefcase got stolen so we never found out and neither did Cassandra.

An enjoyable jaunt with a very likeable narrator and I just adored Carmen, the Spanish hairdresser who is Cassandra's on-again/off-again lover, she was just so vivid and vivacious.

Review copy from Netgalley courtesy of the publisher.
5.0 out of 5 stars A unique and illuminating mystery 14 Nov. 2013
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Blurred genders and roles make this mystery unusual and at once mystifying and illuminating. Not a murder mystery, but a variant of a child snatching by one member of a divorced couple. Hired to first find a husband in Barcelona, then used by others, freelancing and footloose translator Cassandra Reilly attempts to make sense out of who is right, or if any are right, for their six year old, while seeing old loves and possibly new ones as well.

This is a unique and enlightening mystery - and partly what all human beings encounter at some point in lives - who are we? Do our gender roles define us? If so, need they?
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ben and Ali's Early Morning Review 15 May 2001
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Firstly there are two recurring themes in the book, that of feminism and of homosexuality. These theme relate well to Barcelona (where the book is set) as its sets the city in its context of modernoty and post-Francoist liberation. You will learn about the Spanish/ Catalan divide and also get a taste of Gaudi's wonderful and quite frankly rather wierd architecture. You will sit in a Ramblas' Cafe watching the world go by. Yes, the book certainly gives you a taste of Barcelonian life from the comfort of your arm chair. Lesbianism is a prominat theme in the book and we see how homosexuality has in effect come out of its' proverbial closet since the Transition to democracy. There is certainly an "anything goes" policy about the city (from what we can gather from the book).Other than that it is a rather ordinairy novel with little action and little plot. But for an insight into Catalan Culture its THE easy-read novel. Frankly there's little effort gone into the story line from the author. we're blue in the face from reading it but if you like Mills and Boon with a bit culture thrown in for good measure its the book for you! ENJOY!! ali and Ben.
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