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El bolígrafo de gel verde by Eloy Moreno
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really liked it

I was lent this book by my lovely Peruvian doctor friend in Segovia, and even the author's personal inscription to her is written in green gel pen! 4* is a bit generous but this is another book where 3* not enough. There are some really fantastic turns of phrase and word combinations here with great descriptive writing. It is really a book about relationships, and in particular the breakdown and rebirth of a marriage, but also friendships and office relationships (in general), and when describing these the writer is at his best (really very good); but I feel he hasnt got the action, and pace of that, right. The story turns round the green gel pen in question. The narrator loses pens (office colleagues borrow them) so he buys a green one, as no one else would have such and he could easily find it again. When it goes missing he obsessively starts looking for it, and as he does so poking into or otherwise hearing about the personal lives of his colleagues, taking up lots of time. Meanwhile work and domesticity normally fills all his time, so that he he is losing real connectedness with his wife and child. Misunderstandings ensue, his wife leaves him and he flees off to the mountains to find himself. Hearing how routine his life is gets a bit boring and his flight isn't convincing. Overall, though, it is a book worth reading, and not too difficult for anyone wanting to attempt it in Spanish.

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Reading Progress

July 1, 2014 – Shelved
July 1, 2014 – Shelved as: to-read
July 11, 2014 – Started Reading
July 19, 2014 – Finished Reading

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