The Man of Feeling (Penguin Modern Classics)
This book is a gift.
A few days ago, showing the center of Madrid to a visiting friend, we stopped at the bookshop patronized by Javier Marías. In Librería Méndez they are usually well stocked on his books. Because of its connections with Opera, I had wanted to read this particular one, but as it is an early work it is less easy to find. But there it was, and my friend very kindly offered it to me.
The opera link is with Verdi’s Otello. This is another sample of Marías’ interest in Shakespeare. I ...more
I don’t know whether I should tell you my judgement or just my impressions.
Marias captures your attention from the very first moment he opens his mouth or puts pen to paper (or rather, presses the first key on his Olympia Carrera de Luxe typewriter). It’s like being at a dinner table and discovering that an infinitely more interesting guest is also in attendance, or sitting down in a cinema and realizing that this could be the best film you will see all year.
This is a beautiful, melancholy novel. Stunning in its accomplishment and execution. Another winner from Javier Marías, a man I beginning to feel I know. At the risk of sounding sacrilegious, where other Goodreads’ friends have their David Foster Wallace or their Thomas Bernhard, and where previously I had my Cormac McCarthy and Roberto Bolaño and with whom I’m was quite content, I now have to add Javier Marías to that list of Those Who Do No Wrong.
While traveling by train to a performance as Ca...more
This is a curious and short tale of reminiscence. Of dreams vs. reality. Of longing.
Very little was happening in the story, just as nothing much was happening in my empty apartment with the whirling ceiling fan and the occasional v ...more
The first person narrator, a budding opera singer on the cusp of stardom, who must travel frequently for professional reason ...more
It's taken me awhile to write this review. Because I'm trying to get a handle on my thoughts.
I really liked the structure of the book. It turned a simple story into a suspenseful one too. Marquez-like, Marías blends past, present, future, memory and dream, but he adds something else to the mix: imagination -- that is, the narrator imagines what other characters might be doing or thinking. Like he needs to create a story beyond his own story.
Marías himself says, in an e ...more
can such a thing happen? can something as urgent and unpostponable as love, which requires both presence and immediate consummation or consumption, be announced when it does not yet exist or truly remembered if it...more
'E no entanto resisto a contar-vos tudo. Um pobre tenor que tem medo do seu próprio relato ou dos seus próprios sonhos, como se utilizar palavras em vez de letras, vocábulos não ditados, frases inventadas em vez d ...more
رمان"مرد است و احساسش"درباره عشق است ولی این بار خلاف معمول حول محو ...more
I enjoyed this one a lot more than the book of stories I read previously-- there seemed to be less force employed here, and more time instead laying elaborate traps for the reader and characters. So we've got an opera singer playing the role of th ...more
The plot of "The Man of Feeling" could be summarized in one sentence. Man meets woman, other man loses woman. Plot i ...more
"What I want there to be at the hour of my death is the incarnation of my life--what that life has been--and in order for you to have been that too, you must have lived by my sided from now until that final moment. I could not bear it if at that moment you were only a memory or a confused figure belonging to a vague and distant time which is this clear time that we are li ...more