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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Random House UK (June 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 009944898X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099448983
  • Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 1.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,952,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“With its multiple identities, triple twists and pleasing ambiguities, the plot is dexterously constructed, satisfyingly rounded and always busy…an ironical portrait of an entire society.” -- TLS

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Winner of France?s Best Foreign Book Award.

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By Frankie on October 24, 2013
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Wandering around Barcelona in the heat of summer a few years after the war, and encountering members of the artistic community and their spouses makes interesting reading. However, couldn't quite get to grips with an overall theme, apart from Don Carlos wanting to casually bed every woman he encounters (all of them willing participants seemingly no matter how short the acquaintance). Was life really like this back then? The author has gone to some lengths to acquaint himself with eg the movies playing during this era. Well written, but took too long to find what it was about, and by then, might have moved on to a book with a genuine theme.
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