Mike Puma's Reviews > Ghosts
by César Aira, Chris Andrews
bookshelves: argentine-author, new-directions-publishing, 2011
Ghosts. Ghosts everywhere. Ghosts hovering in the corners of an unfinished building, on its roof, telling time, extending invitations, calling. The titular ghosts, the characters rendered ghostlike by their appearance then disappearance from the story. The ghost of a story hovering over the text—to be told, but not told. The ghost of thought, the unbuilt, the unwritten. The idea.
A haunting story that leaves the reader feeling there is more to it—the knowledge the author predicts will come through a novel rather than from it. Subdued, deliberate, gauzy. A ghost story for the non-genre reader.
A little gem shoved into the last days of the year to complete my GR Reading Challenge goal—the ghost of a year spent reading some truly remarkable novels. Good friends, those ghosts.