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Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. Sort order. Apr 14, Mag rated it it was amazing Recommended to Mag by: Malina. Shelves: spain , satire. The story is a satire on big business and politics disguised into a cleverly woven and wildly funny detective story. The main protagonist- a lunatic and petty criminal - turns out to be much more sane, intelligent and honest than anybody else. The book can also be read as a satire on itself and a detective story in general.
I really liked it. It made me chuckle out loud. It took me a while to get used to the language of the narration: convoluted sentence structure punctuated with sentence fragme The story is a satire on big business and politics disguised into a cleverly woven and wildly funny detective story.
It took me a while to get used to the language of the narration: convoluted sentence structure punctuated with sentence fragments which was possibly to mirror the convoluted and complex tale of the lunatic turned petty criminal turned hairdresser. It easily took over the other four books that I was reading at the time.
Read in Polish View 1 comment. In this third installment, our nameless friend is freed from the lunatic asylum into a much changed Barcelona. It is the late nineties,speculation and money deals are running high. Formerly seedy neighborhoods have been polished by investment with a veneer of respectability. The protagonist is determined to lead a decent life as a hairdresser. But his plans will be derailed in a hurry when a series of unsavory characters involve him in a murder and he is framed as the main suspect.
Yet again, hi In this third installment, our nameless friend is freed from the lunatic asylum into a much changed Barcelona. Yet again, his instincts and gift of gab will be the only reliable weapons in his arsenal. I am not sure why a good writer like Eduardo Mendoza has to rely so much on bad plotlines and excessive bombast. His idea of humor involves too much slapstick,hyperbole, a crowded cast and very unlikely scenarios. It is hard to care too much for a character that finds gullible enemies and helpful low-lives at every turn.
Mr Mendoza also relies too much on long lists of adjectives for description and, with rare exceptions, doesn't build enough momentum for his liberal use of sarcasm.
The best parts of this book are actually the ones where the plot doesn't advance and the author lingers on dialogue or situational description. I've missed huge part of the plot. I couldn't concentrate. Don't take it personally, It's not you, It's just me. Another time maybe but we need some separation for a while. View 2 comments. Third in a trilogy. On par with the first two. Very funny. Astonishing, brilliant, witty, funny.
Well, to be honest - this is the type of books Monty Python would write if they were doing so. The level of absurd is Definitelly a must read! Jan 05, Tomasz G rated it liked it. My first contact with Eduardo Mendoza. The book is light in form and content, pretty enjoyable but not one you will remember for a long time.
Jan 31, Vivian Clark rated it really liked it. Fun to read, a satire of Spain, its society , politics and corruption written in an impeccable language. Mar 04, Carola rated it really liked it. Spanish sense of humor to enjoy this book,otherwise better don't try it. Not Mendoza at his best. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Readers also enjoyed. About Eduardo Mendoza. Eduardo Mendoza. Eduardo Mendoza studied law in the first half of the s and lived in New York between and , working as interpreter for the United Nations.
In he published his very successful first novel, La verdad sobre el caso Savolta The Truth a Eduardo Mendoza studied law in the first half of the s and lived in New York between and , working as interpreter for the United Nations. In he published his very successful first novel, La verdad sobre el caso Savolta The Truth about the Savolta Case , where he shows his ability to use different resources and styles.
The novel is considered a precursor to the social change in the Spanish post-Franco society and the first novel of the transition to democracy.
He describes the union fights from the beginning of the 20th century, showing the social, cultural and economic reality of the Barcelona at the time. A year later he was awarded the Critic Prize. His most acclaimed novel is probably La ciudad de los prodigios The City of Marvels , , about the social and urban evolution of Barcelona between the Universal Expositions of and It was adapted to the screen by Mario Camus in In , he published his third major Barcelona novel, this time set in the s, Una comedia ligera A Light Comedy.
Also within Mendoza's work stands the saga of Ceferino, a peculiar character, a detective locked up in a mental hospital. The first of these novels, El misterio de la cripta embrujada The Mystery of the Bewitched Crypt , is a parody with hilarious moments mixing detective stories with gothic narrative.
In the second novel of the saga, El laberinto de las aceitunas The Labyrinth of the Olives , he confirms his talent as parodist; the novel is one of his most successful works. He later translated it into Spanish himself. Other books in the series. El innombrado detective 5 books. Books by Eduardo Mendoza.
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