Top positive review
on 18 March 2017
I adored this. Priests, feudal aristocrats, bastards, the deep countryside, nineteenth century Spanish politics: these are all some of my favourite themes. But this is utterly brilliant: both funny and unsettling by turns. The plot and the characters are immersive and compelling, and I was borne along so happily by the absorbing torrent of the narrative that I read the whole book in a single day, and almost in a single sitting. Hugely enjoyable.