This is a story of many layers and folds. One is the story of Oscar Drai, a young boy of fifteen in the late 1970s in Barcelona, a school student who spends his free time wandering the old and forgotten streets of the city. Another is the story of Marina and her father, and the love for a dead woman. And another is the mysterious story of the old woman who delivers a flower to a grave on the last Sunday of every month. Is her story related to the story of Mijail Kolvenik? And if so, how and why? And how could it possibly involve Oscar and Marina?
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The only problem I had with it was that it just always felt, right the way through reading it, that it wanted to be set earlier than 1980 - to me, the atmosphere, the environment, the people all really wanted to be set some 40 or 50 years earlier. But maybe that was just me.
Overall, the story is a wonderful tale of mystery and imagination (rather Poe-like). The language and the narrative are wonderfully captivating and lyrical, and the characters are all odd enough to capture the reader's interest. A great read (but I did just feel the period setting was somehow wrong). Definitely recommended.
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