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I was born in Barcelona and have lived in the UK for many years now. I'm a writer, translator (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and I'm a medical doctor and worked in Forensic Psychiatry many years. I also have a BA and a PhD in American Literature and Film, and a Masters in Criminology. I've always loved books and apart from writing them I review them often. I write a bit of everything, check my books for more information and my about page for links. My blog is bilingual, English and Spanish.

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  1. It sounds like a fascinating piece of writing, Olga. Your detailed review is truly helpful. Hugs

    1. Thanks, Teagan. A fascinating book indeed. I am not surprised it has won so many awards. Have a great week!

  2. I can’t recall any other novel using this style, of being in the audience of a comedy club performance. It sounds intriguing indeed.
    It immediately made me think of Lenny Bruce, who was well-known for his very personal stage performances that were representations of his own destructive personality. And to some extent, Woody Allen in his early stand-up comedy years, where he made self-deprecation and jokes about being Jewish the foundation of his act.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Thanks, Pete. I am always wary of saying something is unique, but I cannot recall having ever read something quite like this book either. I think your comparisons are very apt. There are the light moments (when I think he reminds us of Woody Allen) but some are much darker and Lenny Bruce like. This would make fascinating watching (either as a movie or as a play) but they would have to get a great cast (at least for the three main characters) and if it were a play it would be really emotionally and physically exhausting, especially for the person playing the comedian. Have a fabulous week.

        1. I don’t think I have, Pete. Thank you! I’ll check it out for sure. I haven’t watched a Dustin Hoffman film for ages.

          1. I just bought a cheap DVD copy from Amazon. I remember being overwhelmed by it at the cinema, but it was a long time ago of course.

          2. Thanks, Pete.

  3. What a fascinating premise. Thank you, Olga.

    1. It is, it is. I think you would enjoy it (well, enjoyment is perhaps not the right word, but I know you would appreciate it with your experience of being on stage and public reactions). Thanks, Sarah.

  4. This sounds like a very unusual book, Olga. It does sound really good but I think I will need to be relaxed to read this.

    1. It is emotionally demanding, Robbie, that is true. Thanks and have a great week.

  5. Wendy Janes says:

    Yet another book for my to-read list. Thanks, Olga!

    1. Sorry! Thanks, Wendy! I have a bit of a mixed bag this week. Have a good week!

      1. Wendy Janes says:

        Thanks. Hope you have a great week too, Olga.

        1. Thank you!

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