The Man of Feeling
Narrated by the young opera singer, the novel opens as he recalls tra ...more
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
The three travellers are Hieronimo Manur, a Belgian banker, his wife Natalia, and their companion, Dato. Manur is a jealous husband who has engaged Dato to protect Natalia from the atten ...more
رمان"مرد است و احساسش"درباره عشق است ولی این بار خلاف معمول حول محو ...more
This early novel by Marias shows all the earmarks of his loquacious formatting. His prose interrupts itself constantly, twisting about like any good maze should. I know that annoys some people, but it is music to my eyes. He makes this fairly simple tale of (would be?) lovers into something that sings. How reliable his narration is must be decided by each reader for themselves.
Suffice it to say I loved it. :)
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