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The Invention of Morel by Adolfo Bioy Casares
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Dec 02, 07

bookshelves: translations, nyrb
Read in November, 2006

Short novels have always captured my attention because of their ability to get right to the heart of the matter and this classic gem is no different--in fact, it's one of the most engaging and mysterious novels I have read in a long time. Set on a remote island, the main character falls in love with a woman who hardly seems aware of his existence, yet he persists in his desire to get close to her. As the plot moves along, we learn that things are not completely what they seem, which makes for a very rich and satisfying philosophical conclusion. Every single sentence in this book is essential, every single word is perfectly conceived. It's a shame that Casares is not more well known in the U.S..
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