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Plagued by insomnia and spiritually lost, Bill finds a lodger as the solution to his problems; a handsome, charismatic Portuguese man named Peter. Bill finds himself drawn into a world of kabbalistic storytelling, charms and ritual. Peter ignites Bill's repressed obsessions by telling him emotionally charged tales of hidden meaning.
Unknown Binding, 247 pages
Published December 10th 1999 by Not Avail
(first published June 1998)
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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...