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The Infatuations - Javier Marias,
This review is from: The Infatuations (Hardcover)
New novels by J.M.Coetzee and Javier Marias in a single month? It must be the best March in history for the readers of the world.
The Infatuations is a novel about grief, love, death. It's more focussed, more concentrated, than much of Marias's work I've read up to now - this is both good and bad. The novel has drive and direct force and I finished it in a couple of sittings. However I did on occasion find myself wishing that he'd let himself with his digressions a bit more! There a few bits and pieces that I do think a little more could have been done with, such as the initial conceit of one character observing two others in a cafe every single morning. But there we are. Yes it could have been 500 pages and I would have liked it. As it is it's 350 and I like it. No, not like it: love it. Of course!
I adore Marias's style. It is made for my heart, my mind. Its rhythms coil themselves into my brain perfectly. His writing is hypnotic, languorous, philosophical, striking. He builds up themes and colours with repetitions, digressions, asides, tangents. He's a writer who manages to create both vague impressions and also to convey very specific ideas at the same time, in a completely unique way.
As far as I'm concerned, he's a genius. Anything he writes is worth reading, and this as much as anything. It's a fascinating book, superbly written. To be honest it's an ideal Marias introduction - it diverges, wanders, a little less than some of his other books, the themes are more focused, there are fewer events. It has volumes to say about love, trust, death, dying, returning. I don't see myself reading a better book this year.