The Antiquarian by Gustavo Faveron Patriau
What’s it about?
This is a psychological thriller that centers on a murder committed three years ago. It is written in a strong Spanish, Gothic style that you will love or hate. It reminded me in ways of one of my favorite books,"Shadow of the Wind" by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, but this was so much more difficult to read!
What did it make me think about?
This book is a labyrinth. Every time you turn the page a new fable or twist awaits you. Stories are written into stories. My strategy was to just keep reading, even when I had no idea what it all meant. In the end, all is made clear, but you must have the fortitude to keep reading through the fog.
Should I read it?
If you love a challenge wrapped up in a gothic novel then I would recommend this to you. This story is not for anyone that wants a light read. This is a book for language lovers, that are willing to commit.
"It's not that I refuse to look at the world around me, but that I refuse to pretend it's anymore important than everything else, you know what I mean? The moments from the past or from the future, the unreal scenes from tales, dreams, the projects we push aside each day that exist in the doubt we stop having in order to live- they're all worlds as true as this one, and I neither abandon nor degrade them. So, I suppose that if I live in so many spaces at once, being absent from this one from time to time should be excusable, don't you think?"
Did you see how the story was going to end?
If you liked this read-
*The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
*The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld
The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner
*much easier to read
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3 to 4- I found some aspect of this book redeeming but would not recommend it.
5 to 6- I really enjoyed something about this book (characters, plot, meaning etc.) but it was uneven. Some aspects were stronger than others.
7 to 8- It was a good book. I liked lots of aspects of this book. I would recommend it.
9 to 10- I was sorry to turn the last page. I highly recommend this book!