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the fakir's no fake
on 20 December 2013
Loved it! First let me say that the translation is exceptional. With a lesser translator this may well have been a very difficult book to understand.
There is a cast of characters who would not be lost in a Feydeau farce but, after all, this is a crime thriller so let's just say it has some farcical undertones. The strangest point is that thy all connect together even though, initially, you start to wonder what's going on.
I just loved the sentence: there was a look of ambiguous satisfaction on the face of a man who has nothing. Just brilliant.
This is a stand-alone book, deep in harm, in hurt, in love, in lost youth, in lost reality with a cruncher of an ending which moves the reader almost to tears. If only there could be a sequel; some of the characters - though not many - still should have a lot to give.
Nevertheless, this is an author who just shouts out to be read - even twice if you must just because his take on the crime and the people is so different from the everyday trackers-down of clues to a death. I urge you to read it.