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The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll by Álvaro Mutis
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Mar 24, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: travel, new-york-review-of-books

An amazing book, the sea advetures of someone like Conrad you would read in highschool, mixed with the melancholy of the beats and the playful postmoderism found in the best south american fiction. The seven novellas mostly follow the pattern of following the protaganist Maqroll as he arrives in som exotic place, pursues some dangerous and hopeless scheme, makes passionate love to a local woman, and then it all ends in death and brooding reflction. Two of the later novellas differ, mainly in that they feature other characters of protaganists. The only reason I would give this 99/100 instead of a pefect score is that the last 50 pages are about Maqroll hanging out with a little, and tough guy hanging out with an adorable has soooo been overdone, even though I usually ending up liking those stories anyway. So yeah, everyone should read this!

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