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The Color of A Dog Running Away Hardcover – March 20, 2007
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Isolated in an ascetic cell somewhere in the Pyrenees, Lucas comes face to face with Andre Pontneuf, the leader of a Cathar sect that mirrors one from the thirteenth century, the heretical group persecuted relentlessly by the Church in this part of the world. Believing that he is the reincarnation of the Cathar's leader, Bernard Rocher, Pontneuf suggests that Lucas may now inhabit the body of his betrayer, both of them replaying the earlier drama in modern times. During his interrogation by Pontneuf, Lucas is restricted from seeing Nuria; the suspicion slowly grows that she may have been an active agent in their abduction. Escaping his confinement, Lucas returns to the streets of Barcelona and his odd friends, lost in a drugged fugue, yearning for the early days of his enchantment with Nuria.Read more ›
I purchased this book in May 2007 for a good reason, which I immediately forgot. Eighteen months later, I blew off the dust and read the flyleaf. It's about some guy in Barcelona who receives an anonymous postcard that leads to a torrid love affair with Nuria and their abduction by a religious cult, from which he escapes but she stays, and he returns to Barcelona where, in a drug and alcohol induce daze, he tries to figure out what happened. The flyleaf also mentions roof dwellers and a fire-eating prophet. Except for the last 23 pages of the novel, that synopsis tells the story. Nevertheless, the tale has elements of a mystery.
THE COLOR...is the first novel by a poet. I classify it as general fiction with perhaps a literary treatment, I say perhaps because I'm too lazy to understand poetry and I suspect there is meaningful theme in this story that other readers will grasp. That theme is likely related to a statement by the character Igbar Zoff on page 70: "The point is that out of any situation, whether disastrous or not, can spring unforeseeable benefits." I think the author was foretelling.
This being a first novel I proceeded with caution. For quite many pages, the author seemed to be painting the seedy characters and backstreets of Barcelona where tourists should not go or they will be mugged. Indeed, a tourist mugging is the first scene after the prologue. There are other scenes unrelated to the plot or subplots. Descriptions are sensual, adjectives used liberally, poetically perhaps. But it is interesting. The author lets us see, feel and smell Barcelona's dirty underwear.Read more ›
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