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Andorra: A Novel

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  486 ratings  ·  86 reviews
For mysterious reasons, a man forsakes his American life and arrives in a strange country called Andorra. He settles into the grand--and only--hotel in its seaside capital, and gradually makes the aquaintance of this tiny city's most prominent residents: the ancient Mrs. Reinhardt, who has a lifetime lease on the penthouse in the hotel; Sophonsobia Quay, the kayaking matri ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published April 27th 2009 by Picador (first published 1997)
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Roberto
"Aprii il taccuino alla prima bellissima pagina bianca, sfilai la penna stilografica, tolsi il cappuccio e scrissi con l’inchiostro scintillante, denso e permeabile come sangue: Tanti anni fa lessi un libro…"

Alexander Fox è un uomo solitario, disincantato, scostante, misterioso, che ha condotto una vita ricca di avvenimenti che però non vuole rivelare e questo lo fa diventare, agli occhi di chi lo incontra per la prima volta, una persona interessante da conoscere e magari da conquistare. È appen
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Kittaroo
Premetto: amo Cameron. Temo di non essere obiettiva quando ne parlo.
Amo il suo manierismo, amo il modo in cui riesce a tratteggiare caratteri in modo semplice e rapido, amo le sue descrizioni geografiche. Nulla è, però, mai lineare come appare all'inizio. I personaggi sono mascherati e si mostrano totalmente diversi con l'andare delle pagine, la trama, lieve e leggera si tinge anche di giallo, ma la svolta è totalmente inaspettata.
Caratteri che si ballano intorno, si sfiorano e si svelano, sull
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Marcello S
Lui è Alexander Fox. Del suo passato ci dice poco e niente, tranne qualcosa di molto poco piacevole cambiando anche versione un paio di volte.
Andorra è un paese dove tutti sanno tutto. Un luogo particolare dove scappare e ricominciare. Una fuga della mente.

La scrittura è diretta, semplice, raffinata. Ci sono una manciata di personaggi, la teatralità dei loro movimenti e dei dialoghi che si incastra con ambientazioni di interni ed esterni che sembrano sceneggiature di film.

Quando ci si mette di
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Szplug
The Andorra of Peter Cameron's self-same titled book is out-of-synch in many ways: unlike the landlocked principality in the Pyrenees, Cameron's is an oceanside realm; its inhabitants are all variations of the same lovesick prototype that is drawn towards the shadowy narrator; its tourist-friendly streets and shops, its baroque architecture and cobbled lanes harbour secrets and intrigues out of a fifties noir novel; and the narrator himself, a cipher, the unlikely object of so much attention and ...more
Mrfishscales
I've always been intrigued by Andorra, a tiny county in the middle of the Pyrennes. Peter Cameron uses the fact that most people wonder about the country but few know anything about it to create an Andorra that is basically an expatriate colony without overbearing native culture. The narrator seems amiable enough to begin with , but as the novel progresses your doubts pile up. Not only does his account of himself to others begin to seem a little fishy, but the very character of the setting in wh ...more
Carolee Wheeler
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Peter
An intriguing and subtly eerie story. Simple, and descriptive, in a minimalist way, but with touches of humor, poignant passages, and spot on observations about life, and everything. It will have you wondering, what is going on, and why, but at the same time there is a frustrating quality within the story. Cameron's dialogue at times is quite formal (hence people referring to it the book as a comedy of manners) and makes it difficult to pinpoint what era the novel is set in, though there is a re ...more
Terry
Firstoff, this book isn't for everyone. If you like suspense, the novel Rebecca, the films The Usual Suspects and Identity, you'll probably really enjoy it. But, if you're not a suspense fan who's up for some author trickery, you might feel a) bored (by some of the long sections of dialogue) or b) cheated (oh those last lines).

With that disclaimer, I have to say I loved this novel! Yes, 5-star loved. Cameron's dialogue is truly realistic and brings his characters to life; his description is tho
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Alfonso D'agostino
Sono stati quindici minuti carichi di disperazione: ma come, neppure cinque puntate e il giro letterario del mondo doveva essere abbandonato? Lo stato che segue l’Algeria nell’elenco sembrava un ostacolo insormontabile: Andorra vanta giusto un paio di scrittori in lingua spagnola, nessuno dei quali tradotto in italiano. Dopo aver esplorato le possibilità più disparate – incluso l’affidamento del testo di un oscuro andorrano alla consorte ispanofona- un colpo di genio: ci avranno mica (almeno) am ...more
Rachelfm
I picked this title in my quest for "50 books in 50 countries" this year and had just read something set in Lichtenstein, so I thought I'd continue my tour de microstates. However, the Andorra that Peter Cameron writes about is one you can't find on any map; Cameron's rich imagination has given the landlocked nation a sumptuous Mediterranean coastline, cosmopolitan population and cities and histories that exist solely in this novel.

The deliberate and well-contstructed "world building" of Cameron
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Pasquale Musicco
Un racconto a tratti splendido e per tre quarti pressochè perfetto. Un finale frettoloso e sostanzialmente irrisolto. In sintesi, un'opera asimmetrica se ne volessimo considerare l'appartenenza al genere noir. Ma forse nemmeno Peter Cameron è completamente convinto di farne un racconto noir e, appena si creano le premesse del trilling, è lui stesso a provvedere a smorzarne i toni con bellissime digressioni di carattere descrittivo (quando parla dei luoghi) o di carattere psicologico (allorchè si ...more
Ian
An American, Alexander Fox, following the death of his wife and daughter moves to Andorra to start his life anew. He quickly falls under the spell of this tiny isolated country that moves at its own pace, its ancient stone buildings and people who come from everywhere and nowhere. In Andorra's capital, La Plata, he meets an Australian couple, Mr. and Mrs. Dent, who have moved to this strange place seeking a fresh start for reasons of their own. He also becomes involved with the Quays, a family o ...more
Richard Jespers
Very disappointing. Reads like a first draft or like juvenilia that the publisher decided to publish though it’s not up to snuff. Dialogue in many places is flat, “padding,” neither of which moves the plot or develops character. POV is dishonest [or is this a form of the unreliable narrator?]. The reader feels cheated when he doesn’t find out until the end that Fox literally killed his wife and child when he’s told the reader earlier that she had killed the child and committed suicide. First per ...more
Giorgeliot
fino a circa tre quarti non riuscivo a capire dove volesse andare a parare l'autore (e il protagonista). Ma la scrittura di Cameron è troppo bella per lasciare perdere, quindi ho continuato nonostante il signor Fox sia una persona veramente odiosa.
Poi, poco prima della fine della seconda parte... SBAM. La scena del galà ha fatto scattare qualcosa che non so definire - forse si è finalmente rivelata tutta l'umanità trattenuta dei personaggi. Ho attaccato gli occhi alle pagine e non ho smesso fino
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Steve
Andorra was a troubling good book for me. I genuinely enjoyed. I actually was a little obsessed with it. I felt somewhat compelled to read it at times. Yet, I have no idea why. There’s nothing so compelling about it that warrants the treatment, yet if not for some disappointment with the ending, this was nearly a five star book.

Andorra, itself, may be the compelling item about the book. Of my Christmas book pull, this was the first off the heap to be read. And it wasn’t close. I was thinking abo
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Filippo Bossolino
Per me è il primo romanzo di Peter Cameron. Fin dalle prime poche pagine sono rimasto affascinato dalla scrittura, lenta e semplice ma altamente evocativa, che mi ha trasmesso una sensazione positiva, riflettendo pienamente l'emozioni del protagonista, appena giunto in un minuscolo staterello, Andorra, per fuggire dagli Stati Uniti e da un passato troppo ingombrante.

Col trascorrere dei giorni e delle pagine, questa sensazione positiva si sposta pian piano su un livello opposto, con il protagonis
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Miriam

I enjoyed the scenic descriptions more than the actual story.
It made me want to visit Andorra, but didn't make me want to read more Cameron.
Jessica
Another wonderful novel by Cameron, loved it almost as much as 'The City of Your Final Destination.'
Joyce
Tales with an unreliable narrator are always a treat and this is no exception. Escaping tragedy, American Alexander Fox makes his way to Andorra, a tiny country nestled between Spain and France. He meets many interesting people who also share tragic stories. Alexander's behavior is quite puzzling which leads to a number of questions even as the number of people who care about him grow. For some reason, this reminds me of The Talented Mr. Ripley, although Alexander is a much different character, ...more
Peter Young
I really enjoyed the story. I could relate to Alex Fox throughout most of the story - the desire to remain independent/isolated felt very real to me. My only problem with this book is that in the end (spoilers), we discover that he killed his wife and infant daughter. I don't think he could have done it.

Also, is anyone else mad that the two bodies are left unknown? I know it's not a Whodunit story, but I still would've liked to have known who killed them (maybe Alex reads some newspaper article
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Mallory
(Fair warning, this review contains spoilers.)

I didn't get it.

I hate saying that about a book, because I sound stupid. Like there was something that I missed because I am lacking some crucial quality that fans of this novel possess. I have to say it for Andorra, though. I didn't get it.

I would like to start off saying that I did appreciate Cameron's style of writing. He had a way of describing scenery and people, and a natural flow that made finishing this book bearable. No, I'm being unkind. I
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Marguerite
A lovely little book about escape -- in every sense of the word. Alexander Fox moves to Andorra to escape tragedy, not realizing that attitudes and values (and the sum of all we do) are some of the baggage that inevitably moves with us. The cast of characters with whom he interacts in Andorra is interesting. The quality of the writing is lovely:
"It was that odd time of day when the light goes all soft and benevolent. ... And something about the combination of the light and the champagne and the
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Kathleen
I wanted to read more of Peter Cameron's early works, and this did not disappoint. Andorra is the kind of place where anyone would flock who wanted to start his life over. Alexander Fox states immediately that he never wants to leave Andorra, and right off the bat he starts meeting people who want him to become a part of their lives. I was ready to crawl right into the book to enjoy the beach, the Excelsior Hotel. Soon enough, things begin to unravel.
Thomas
In my real life I rate my books on a ten-point scale with 10 being an all-time favorite. When I use a five here on Goodreads it really means anything that rates an 8 (really liked it) 9 (loved it) and 10 (all time favorite). On that scale Andorra gets an 8. I liked the setting, the details, the prose, and the plot. Was it a masterpiece? No. But I really enjoyed reading it and am interested in seeing what else Peter Cameron has written.
Tom
I really love Cameron's writing. Some of his sentences are so exquisitely evocative, although you sometimes feel like you're somehow stuck inside a DeBeers diamond commercial. But crisp, clear, descriptive, and golden-ripe but hollowed out in a real way.

Unfortunately, the story doesn't really move along very organically, and the meta-crap enveloping the tale is clumsy and doesn't hold together in any interesting way. (Full disclosure: I love good meta-crap.)

Please note that I'm only giving the
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Katy M
I wasn't really sure how to rate this book. The beginning was promising. The surprise ending was good. The middle left a little something to be desired. I found it disorienting to be reading a book where the narrator was constantly lying. We know he lies because he makes up a different story every time. And, he seemed to be a total jerk and always felt the need to defend himself when called out about it.
Frederick
Jun 21, 2007 Frederick rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People with a high sense of aesthetics..
Shelves: novels, cameron-peter
I've given this three stars instead of four for the simple reason that, as intrigued as I was throughout the book, I must say I'm not sure I understood it. I related to the idea of the sheer loneliness of travel. Cameron certainly captures that. He also writes what I would call clean prose.
But I can't help wondering how I'm supposed to feel.
I've read and loved a lot of books which confused me. But ANDORRA didn't provide anything over which to become confused. It's not so much that I am mystifie
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Luca Magagni
The story offers some fascinating consequences, but in general the more I read of Cameron, the less persuaded am I by his way of writing (why not exploring more some characters and situations and why not omitting some irrelevant details?) and the annoying style in dialogues (that are, to me, falsely realistic).
Bill
Andorra is a novel about a man who, for reasons unknown until very late in the book, moves to Andorra to live for an indefinite period of time.Andorra is in fact an actual country, however the Andorra in the novel differs from the real Andorra in many ways. The Andorra in the novel is on the ocean, the real Andorra is not. The capitol in the novel is La Plata which is not the name of the capitol of the real Andorra...and so on.

In any event in both cases Andorra is a very small country...he arriv
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61pat
Un romanzo strano, una via di mezzo tra un giallo, ma senza che ci sia alcun tipo di indagine e un racconto del tentativo del protagonista di cambiare vita, accompagnato da una lunga riflessione introspettiva, ma anche questa parte senza una conclusione...
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