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The Dancer and the Thief: A Novel Paperback – February 2, 2009
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It was not one of my favorite books, but I enjoyed every minute that I was reading it.
A book for the senses more than the mind, though no less skillful the writing of it. No great issues of weighty philosophical importance here, but real people with real situations, plans, adventures and problems, set in the quasi-criminal milieu of modern day Chile, all of which I found highly engaging. Skarmeta's skillful writing creates full characters rather than stick figures, his characters coming to life so that one feels for them as if one knows them, or could know them, amongst the people one sees every day. All in all, an exciting, fun and adventurous tale that makes it hard to set aside once one begins reading it. Well worth reading, particularly if you have a long hard couple days of lying on the beach punctuated with interruptions of sex, sea and more sun to accompany it.