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Gustavo Patriau channels Edgar Allen Poe in "The Antiquarian". This is a dark tale of murder, psychiatric imbalance, human’ guilt, and isolation. Mulligan’s translation appropriately gives one the creeps but the story becomes too predictable, early in its telling. The listener knows who the murderer is well before its ending.
The saving grace of the story is the vividness of Patriau’s characters. One is appropriately reviled, fascinated, and frightened by the author’s description of a psychotic murderer, the mysterious personalities of major and minor characters, and the credible profile of a misanthropist.
Patriau’s denouement reveals bizarre circumstances that fits Edgar Allen Poe’s oeuvre but miss Poe’s macabre and surprising twists of fate.
This is an amazing book- full of stories that dovetail into the main plot. Much to think about!