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While the Women Are Sleeping
This collection of ten short stories ranges from the earliest works of Javiier Marias to stories that are very modern in their outlook. The variations on characters meeting another version of themselves — to catastrophic effect — are quite amusing but, of course, it’s a theme that’s also rather quickly played out.
Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. In one case a plan to commit a murder is revealed, in the other only a preparation for an act of revenge – if needed. He experiences himself as object for the first time and hates himself. The others feature rather too many doppelgangers and ghosts for ellax taste and, I assume, for the taste of anyone who made it out of the eighties alive, and it isn’t clear to me if I mean the pomo s, or the Henry Jamesian s.
It’s a beautiful and sad critique on growing old and finding love. As his wife sleeps, he stands on the balcony of their hotel room waiting for sleep to mienfras him.
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It might be the wrong place to start with Marias, given that it’s stories, and I think he’s better known for his novels. An excellent collection of short stories.
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The story is slow to develop, but high in tension and discomfort. Finding his doppelganger has done the same, what ensues is a tit-for-tat series of changes.
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While the Women Are Sleeping by Javier Marías
Unexpectedly, the other man has suffered from the same identity crisis. Below he sees the man sitting alone at the pool, and goes down and strikes up a conversation. Some of the stories like, “An Epigram of Fealty,” mafias “Issac’s Journey” seem concept driven with little impact.
I’d say he’s closer to Borges than Marquez, the way he often passes something off as being scholarship or a recovered text, the way he has a certain Anglophilia, two traits I don’t associate with Marquez. They have the same Gothic, dark and mysterious elements so prevalent in Zafon’s works. The writing is beautiful and haunting. In this light, the title of the book assumes a metaphorical significance. Margaret Jull Costa Translator.
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Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. The complete review ‘s Review:. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. The stories are great. Amazon Business Service for business customers. So good, if a bit fluffy. However not my favourite Marias, it still gave me a chance to see what this writer is capable of. There’s a ghost story in the book that is the best ghost story that I’ve ever read — not that I’ve read many ghost stories.
Doppelgangers and unquiet ghosts abound; they are present even in what the writer informs us was his very first short story “Marcelino Iturriaga”written at the ripe old age of fourteen and narrated from beyond the grave. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Orthofer1 May Whether it’s a difference in translation, culture, or age, the stories don’t read like contemporary fiction, but more like something written in the late 19th or early 20th century.
The best of the lot mienttas the title story which is also the longest and therefore allows full play to Marias’ peculiar variety of expansive complexity. Write a customer review. Get to Know Us.
It’s not like I thought this was terrible– these wry stories of doppelgangers, ghosts, and other magical realist elements felt a little too familiar to me, to be honest. Remarkable in that the elas was written when JM was just Interesting, but not overly impressive.
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Some disturbing, some spooky short stories.