Daniel Becker, September 11, 2006
How about a novel that is so good, so riveting that three grown, sensible people start hackling over who gets to finish it first (and so captivating and addictive that three grown, sensible people try to share one copy in the first place)? Okay, here's the story: This is a book about love, betrayal, redemption, and, most of all, story-telling, set in post-World War II fascist Barcelona (letting you know any more would spoil it...). It is also about books--books, moreover, that exude a strange spell and capture those who bother to read them... I came into the possession of my copy by picking it up from a friend's night stand at a very boring party, started reading, and then, without realizing it at the time, taking it home... I should not have left it unattended, though. One morning it had disappeared from my night table--turned out my wife had started reading it and would now not give it back until she was done. To complicate things, my friend called and wanted his book back... Needless to say, this novel with captivate you. Beautifully written, intricately plotted, highly suspenseful, and equipped with strongly drawn, multi-dimensional characters, it's a literary page-turner you can easily get addicted to. And remember: don't let your copy out of sight...