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Preview — The Man of Feeling by Javier Marías
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
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
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
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
"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
Estoy tratando de leer los libros de Marías en orden cronológico (los que tenemos en casa, al menos, sé que entre Travesía del Horizonte y este me salté un par) y me parece interesante ver cómo en esta novela, a diferencia de las dos primeras, ya se ven las ideas que se van a reiterar a lo largo de la obra del autor - lo que he leído. Por la misma longitud de la obra me parece genial el método en el cual se van des ...more
A decent little novel describing a man's dream in which he relives (and recounts for the reader) an encounter affair he had with a married woman. Some interesting ruminations on dreams and passion. Although in general I thought it a bit rambling (even for such a short book). I'm a big fan of Marias' work but here he embraces some of his worse habits (long, neverending sentences and very little plot). Nevertheless, it is a quick read and has some interesting thoughts.
The story though, is banal and his way of only mentioning women as the objects of men's whims and desires is disturbingly sexist. My edition was then finished off with an afterword by the author that makes him seem rather self absorbed.