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Marías leads us deep into the intrigues of these characters, through a daring exploration of rancor, suspicion, loyalty, trust, and the infinitely permeable boundaries between the deceptions perpetrated on us by others and those we inflict upon ourselves.
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By Doctor George on 12-05-16
Fascinating plot, superb performance, psychological depth
The narrator has an excellent Spanish accent that lends authenticity when pronouncing Spanish names. He has a rich, full-bodied voice that adds drama with differing inflections for each character. The plot is a classic Javier Marias intricate character-driven psychological mystery with satisfying revelations throughout. For those who like an earthy, long and complex story and who have the patience to wait for those revelations as they emerge from the detailed narrative.
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By L Mushlin on 08-06-17
A Good Example of Sticking With a Book
This book can be frustrating at times. The author rambles, repeats thoughts, and his observations can go on for pages. But it all is worth it if you stick it out to the end. The writing is beautiful and when the "mystery ", such as it is, is explained, it is satisfying. The backdrop of life under Franco is something that is never overdone -- it's just there, as a fact of life.