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The Girl from Tenerife by Bernard Schaffer is a short novel full of raw emotion. The narrator, whose name is withheld till the end, is a self-published writer on the ropes, burned out, out of shape, divorced from an angry woman and sustained by the love of his two children and by a grandfatherly man he has known since childhood.
The narrator falls in love with a Spanish woman named Sahily after meeting her at a restaurant. This provokes him to try to restore some order in his life. He decides to try to write at a higher literary level than his usual science fiction serial, engaging in hallucinatory battles with Ernest Hemingway; in real life, he gets mixed up in the business of small-town police dealing with big-city drug problems. He pursues Sahily for love on the grounds that she is THE ONE, even though there is a pretty serious obstacle in the way. It is a recipe for the bittersweet. The book hinges on the reader's willingness to commit to the tragedy of the situation. One can't help rooting for the narrator, and wondering what secrets Sahily hides that could give the story's hero the happy ending he richly deserves. The wondering is nigh unendurable. Hope hurts; happiness is of the moment; certainty is for suckers. But we can't help hoping, we can't help seeking happiness, and we can't help longing for certainty in a world full of melancholy and destruction.
The book is very well-written and very sincere. I would call this some of Bernard's finest prose, but he writes his finest prose in most every book. Bernard wants to lay it all on the line here, but I think he lays it all on the line all the time: that's just the sort of writer he is.Read more ›
It wouldn't make much sense for me to add to the eleven ( as of this date, mind you) reviews already posted because if they don't convince you to buy the story, you have no pulse.
I have known him since 2011. Watch this guy because he'll be a "name" author very soon.
That's right. Standing toe to toe with John Grisham, Stephen King, Stieg Larsson, Elmore Leonard, Michael Connelley.
Don't be forced to play catch up later on- get on board right now!
............And yeah, I could be wrong. But you afford to take that chance?
What I have always loved about Bernard Schaffer is that he offers a little something for everyone. No matter your taste in genre, he's got you covered. Although he approaches each story with a fresh take, his style is recognizable, which is to say that you should buckle up for the page-turning long haul.
The Girl from Tenerife is unlike anything else in his repertoire, and yet still familiar to me. He has somehow managed to take elements from his previous books, mix them all together and produce a fantastic read. Tenerife features Schaffer's trademark sharp-as-a-tack character banter, hilariously awkward moments and just enough crushing reality to remind you that it's okay to laugh, but you're not reading a comedy.
Of all Schaffer's books, this one is about as personal as it gets. Tenerife invites the reader into an extremely vulnerable space to meet the man behind the pages. By the end of the book, I felt as though I had accompanied Bernard on a long journey and came away wanting to pat him on the back and buy him a beer.
If you've read Schaffer's work before, this is a must read. If you have yet to experience one of Schaffer's books, then this is a great point of entry.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I liked that this was an easy to follow read. I think the relationship with the my police department and the newspaper could have been a little more fleshed out, but it was a... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Onehotmama77
Reading this makes you fall in love with the author in all his vulnerability. Bernard Schaffer doesn't exactly hide behind his character, but walks along with him as you get to... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
What a delightful book, I love the writing style of Bernard Schaffer. A good read.Published 12 months ago by Sandra
A man has writer's block and is obsessed with himself and a married women. That's pretty much the whole premise. Read morePublished 21 months ago by RNT
I was hoping for more. This book just did not go anywhere for me.Published 22 months ago by cpamomma
I read another of his books and I like his writing. No denying I have a terrible memory but I can't put together the Tenerife connection based on my impressions of the other book... Read morePublished on July 2, 2014 by ST
The author has good timing. Blending Hemingway into the story was unique. I loved the Spanish influence on the story.Published on May 25, 2014 by Renee Andrini