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Delirium by Laura Restrepo
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Nov 01, 2007

really liked it

This is a compelling read but one that asks the reader to do a little work. There are multiple storylines, three or four narrative voices, and the relationships among all the characters take some time to become clear. Restrepo also uses long, meandering, multiply-claused sentences which are technically incorrect (run-ons) to create a dreamy mood. So if this sounds too demanding, best leave this one alone.

However, all that said, the book is very engaging. A man comes home from a business trip to find his wife alone in a hotel room, apparently out of her mind. What the heck happened? It takes the length of the book to piece togther the story, and "piece" is the right word, since the fragmentary narrative is assembled one small bit at a time. There are drug barons, corrupt politicians, ex-wives, sex perverts, abusive fathers, and all manner of things working together in this story. Not for the faint of heart, or the lazy reader. For anyone else, it's well worth a look.

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