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The Lonely Hearts Club
by Raúl Núñez
A night porter in a sleazy Barcelona hotel, the only thing the forty-year-old Antonio Castro has going for him is his resemblance to Frank Sinatra. Thinking he has nothing to lose, Antonio joins a lonely hearts club and into his life come a Perez Galdos widow, a dwarf poet, a gay barman.
Paperback, 151 pages
Published December 31st 2002 by Serpent's Tail
(first published 1988)
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Just like heaven: my favorite Sartrean theme ("Hell really IS other people") in a funny novella replete with a drunk midget, a one-armed robber, and a cross-dressing bartender. Antonio's lonely but normal life sours after he joins a pen-pal club for lonely folks. His solitude is interrupted by bad sex and death threats as he marches doggedly onward to the realization that he deserves to be loved. Antonio's suffering reminds me of how we all yearn be connected to other people in this life, but ...more
Me gustó, un estilo de escritura y una atmósfera muy bukowskiana. Narración sencilla con diálogos cortos. El personaje principal solo tiene una cosa que lo hace atractivo y es su semejanza con Frank Sinatra a punto tal que el protagonista, Antonio es llamado Sinatra en toda la novela. Tal pareciera que fuera un lado b del cantante: sin mujeres, sin dinero, sin fama, agobiado por no tener todo lo que su contraparte americana siempre tuvo. Creo que la novela gira en torno a esta ironía, de ser ...more
Quick read - enduring tale of love, lust and loneliness revolving around an absurd hero. The characters are genius... I can imagine the sad lonely people depicted in this story to be real people. There is something raw and simply captivating in "The Lonely Heart's Club." It demonstrates how little control we have in life. Life is funny, sick/sad, and beautiful. On another note, the book suffers from a poor translation; if you read it in English, be a bit patient. I would like to read it Spanish ...more
The ending of this book threw me at first; a sad and tender finish to what is a zany, hilarious farce populated with a midget poetess, an insane evangelist, an overweight cross-dresser, a 16 year old psychotic cross-eyed runaway along with many other misfits including the lonely protagonist who's only claim to fame is an uncanny resemblance to Frank Sinatra. I was so busy laughing that the specter of violence escaped me, as did the unfortunate truth that there is nothing funny about being ...more
Picked up serendipitously for local color in Barcelona, this was a real find! Although the Las Ramblas described here is a far seedier version of the tourist thoroughfare we've been treading in the last few days, I loved hearing the dark side of the Placa Real!