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All Souls by Javier Marías
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Dec 20, 07

Read in December, 2007

Disappointing, disjointed, banal. I didn't care about or understand the characters. Marias has no talent for slapstick, despite several attempts (including an excrutiating and neverending "ironic" dinner scene which is physically and temporally impossible) and despite the fact that a degree of successful slapstick is the hallmark of an Oxford novel. Unfortunately, Marias's tragic climax, in which a character recalls a loved one's death, is similarly slowed and strangely paced. Maybe it's the translation's fault? I read this because I was interested in its companion book, Dark Back of Time, but I can't see reading it now. Comparisons to Italo Calvino shoud be ignored.
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