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The Tunnel by Ernesto Sabato
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Dec 14, 11

Read on September 14, 2011

This short novel is a wonderful existential piece that drew me in from the first page.

I love the way the reader is taken into the killer's mind, following him as he tries to explain things, only to digress as his thoughts take him elsewhere. Of course, we know from the start that he will kill Maria, but that adds to the tension and we hold our breath during each argument, waiting for the moment he'll snap.

I read this book in one sitting as it was impossible to put down. The characters and storyline are gripping and the pacing is perfect. At times it reminded me of certain works by Camus. Sabato does a wonderful job of disrupting our expectations so that we are constantly changing our opinion of Castel; one moment we pity him and are on his side, the next we are experiencing fear and horror at his actions.

Anyone who enjoys the works of authors such as Camus and Kafka should check out this book.

I received this book as a free e-book ARC from NetGalley.

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