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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.

Comments (10)

  1. I was thinking of downloading this as audio book when I saw how long it was, and I feared that four versions (not two) of one story might become confusing and overly long. I;m glad I held back, seems I would not have enjoyed it, as you pointed out the very issues. Thanks for this 🙂

    1. Thanks, Christoph. I don’t know how the narrator would have done it, but I suspect it might have become even more confusing (unless he or she used a different voice for each version). It is a very interesting book for writers, from the technical point of view but yes, it’s a big commitment. I’m curious about some of the books I saw mentioned on the reviews.

  2. It sounds like a clever idea, but 900 pages is a serious commitment to the same story, told four different ways.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Thanks, Pete. Yes, I guess as individual stories they would not be so long, but you don’t follow the character for a very long life in most cases, so at the most, you get to early adulthood, that implies a fair amount of detail… We shall see what they decide at the Man-Booker, but you could have told many stories in that amount of pages, that’s for sure. Have a great week.

  3. I really can’t be doing with a book that long! Its central conceit reminds me of certain plays by Alan Ayckbourn and the novels of Kate Atkinson. I’ll think I’ll stick to them!

    1. Yes, I know what you mean, Sarah. I’m not sure I would have so happily started reading it if I had checked the number of pages. But it wasn’t a very slow read either, only… Well, I’ve already said everything. Kate Atkinson’s name came up quite often in the reviews. I’ve only ever read one of her novels and enjoyed it. I should check her out again. Have a great week!

  4. Your description has intrigued me, Olga. It sounds quite complex — and that can be attractive or the opposite depending on my mood and life circumstances. Thanks for this mindful review. Have a wonder-filled weekend. Hugs.

    1. It is very, very, very long… Ah, and it didn’t win the Man-Booker Prize. Have a great weekend, Teagan.

  5. Vashti Q says:

    I enjoy long intricate books with lots of characters, but I don’t think this book is for me. Thanks for the review, Olga!

    1. Thanks, Vashti. The concept is interesting, but from some of the comments I got the sense that it has been done before and perhaps in a more dynamic way.

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