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The Love and Death of Caterina by Andrew Nicoll
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Oct 12, 2010

really liked it

Nicoll is a master storyteller and one is easily caught up in the world of this novel, an unnamed Latin American city and country, where Valdez, a renowned author, finds himself blocked, unable to get past the first sentence of a new work...that is, until he meets the beautiful young Caterina, who also writes. Nicoll is a master of the authorial voice and he carries us along, with much commentary on and understanding of the ways of love, politics, aging, art. Only occasionally does he misstep, the authorial voice overlaying too much--to my mind--the lives and actions of his characters. But the various threads of the novel come together in a way that is both believable and affecting, with all the feeling of inevitability one expects in such a tale.

His first novel was set in an unnamed Baltic country, here we are in Latin America...what's next, I wonder? Somehow, I don't think it will be Scotland.

Bravo, Sr. Nicoll.
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