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on 12 January 2011
I really wanted to enjoy this as it came highly recommended by a friend whose opinions I usually respect. But I could not seem penetrate the storyline, I never really felt that I understood what was going on.
Kasper Krone is (was?) a circus clown, seemingly quite famous, and also a talented violinist. At some point he has made enough money that the Inland Revenue is after him for tax evasion. He seems to be constantly just ahead of them, just out of reach, thanks to the help of various random people who he phones out of the blue, and a lot of luck.
There is also the Quiet Girl of the title, KlaraMaria, 9 years old, who drifts in and out of his life on some random chronology that I was unable to fathom. He is drawn to her because she has extrasensory abilities. She seems to be living with nuns, has apparently been kidnapped, yet is able to suddenly appear in his caravan, unaccompanied.
Kasper also has the ability to garner all sorts of information about people and places by their musical note, something that I found overused, well beyond the boundaries of believability. On top of this Kasper seems to have this amazing power over women by just flattering them - when actually, as a character he really has no appeal at all.
I'm really not at all clear what is going on, it's like reading a book through a haze. The coincidences are just piling up and my tolerance is failing. Enough is enough, I'm on to my next book!