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What a wonderful book! Alvaro Mutis, like Italo Calvino, is a poet. The beauty of his words, lovingly translated by Edith Grossman, are a joy in and of themselves. Read morePublished 4 months ago by triskaidekaphilia
Style's compelling throughout. Don't sweat the 700 pages: there are seven stories, each 100 pages or so. Read one a week. Or read three then put the book aside for a month. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Coco Hannah Eccles
This is one of the best books I have read in years. I usually don't read books in translation, books that (somewhat) objectify women, or sea stories like Conrad, but for some... Read morePublished 5 months ago by J. Forrister
The "Misadventures" of the title are emphasized in these superb, intertwined novels which focus on "El Gaviero," (The Lookout), Maqroll, a seaman who can't resist a... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Robert H. Abel
This book is worth is just for the introduction by Mr Goldman, and the translation is superb. Main this is Mutis was a master of storytelling and deserves a place in the sun... Read morePublished on September 25, 2013 by Daniel Halevi Bloom
This is an interesting book but a bit laborious to read because of the way the time period jumps around as well as the change of character. Read morePublished on July 12, 2013 by Renie I. Fox
This is, thus far, the best book/collection of novels I've ever read!
This book seems to be a happy medium between swashbuckling adventure and some old man's boring,... Read more
Judging by the majority of reviews, failure to be awed by this book is an admission that your tastes are plebeian and you're better off seeking reading material in the supermarket... Read morePublished on January 23, 2013 by cordyceps
Maqroll 'the Gaviero' is one of the most quietly compelling and intriguing characters in all of literature. Read morePublished on December 3, 2012 by [o]Mario