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The Lady Matador's Hotel by Cristina García
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Nov 26, 2010

really liked it
Read on November 26, 2010

This was not the happiest book I've ever read, but it was certainly one of the more interesting ones. The story covers a few days in the lives of the residents of a hotel in a Central American capital city. There's a military captain, an ex-guerrilla, a miserable Korean businessman, a husband and wife hoping to adopt a baby, and of course, the lady matador herself, in town for a bull-fighting competition.

I loved the sense of place in this book, even if the the place itself was so carefully not named. I loved how the author made me feel for all the characters, even the ones who do questionable things. I only wish the story ended a few minutes later than it did... This book is written in the present tense, and it really feels like it is about living in the present moment, which it requires the reader to do right up to the very end.

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