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Many of the characters in the book live within in-between states. We find a doomed transvestite, a mature woman trapped in the body of a teenager, an icy heroine who melts only when her lover stops wanting her, an adult man who can't grow beyond childhood fears. They all struggle with the binaries the lives of many human beings are saturated with. Being situated in the midst of sexual and spiritual crises they seem more soulful or at least more attentive to the complexity of life and the possibi ...more
To be honest I picked up this book because of the title. I wondered how Zimler could fuse the angelic with darkness. The book had moments of greatness. By moments I mean sentences of greatness. As a whole it was rather unsatisfying. I guess I wanted Peter to be more defined, I wanted to know more about his relationship with Maria and his sensitivities, I guess I also wanted him to be more than painfully human. I got the feeling that this book could have been so much more than what it was - a wis ...more
Richard Zimler was born in Roslyn Heights, a suburb of New York City, in 1956. After earning a bachelor's degree in comparative religion from Duke University (1977) and a master's degree in journalism from Stanford University (1982), he worked for eight years as a journalist, mainly in the San Francisco Bay area. In 1990, he moved to Porto, Portugal, and he has taught journalism for the last sixte ...moreMore about Richard Zimler...