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With sumptuous prose and haunting imagery, Gustavo Favern Patriau has crafted an unforgettable labyrinthine tale about the reality of human suffering, the healing power of stories, and the strength of fraternal bonds. The Antiquarian is a masterfully conceived, engrossing novel of murder, madness, and passion that is as entertaining as it is erudite, dark as it is illuminating.
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By CHET YARBROUGH on 12-26-14
CHANNELING EDGAR ALLEN POE
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.