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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. I’m glad you enjoyed it, Olga. It’s certainly collected many accolades.
    I don’t tend to feel like I’ve accomplished much for struggling to the end of a kaleidoscopic (great description!) book. I admit my objective is to be entertained.
    :). Thanks for this mindful review. Hugs!

    1. Thanks, Teagan. Funnily enough, some of the characters would fit in perfectly on an early Almodovar movie and they are very entertaining, but the way in which the story is told makes the reader work hard, that’s for sure. Have a lovely week!

  2. It does sound post-modern, something like Joyce. I wonder if the good reviews have more to do with its politics and emphasis on current popular topics than with its qualities as a piece of literature. And the problem for me with post-modern writing is that it levels everything to a seeming equality, ultimately rendering all less unique, less positively meaningful.

    1. Thanks, Mary. I think you’re right about the style, although in this case, it is perhaps an excess of meaning that is the issue. It is a gamble, for sure, as one thing is trying to use an experimental style to transmit something complex and difficult (making the reader work for it) and another is putting people off and not reaching as many readers as one would want. I’ve never read any of her political writings but I imagine one has to write about what one feels passionate about. It is definitely not a crowd pleaser. Have a great week.

  3. Interesting review, Olga. I read The God of Small Things a long time ago and enjoyed it, though I’m afraid I couldn’t tell you much about it now. I might try this one as it does sound good and I love some of the quotes you give – maybe, as you sugest, I’ll read the sample first.

    1. Thanks, Mary. I suspect this is one of those Marmite kind of books. Some people will love it, others hate it, and perhaps quite a few be puzzled by it and abandon it. There are sometimes books one read where one enjoys the story but the writing is not memorable. Here both the story and the writing are great, but I think the style will put people off, especially when most people are no longer used to reading things that require paying a lot of attention and making an effort. Do check a sample. I think it’s worth it. Have a great week!

  4. From your highlighted sections, it seems this book deserves all the praise heaped upon it. I like the look of it, and even the cover is enticing.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Thanks, Pete. I think this book is definitely worth the effort. Have a great week and enjoy the bank holiday Monday.

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