The Imaginary Life: A Novel Kindle Edition
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Fortunata Fortuna's boyfriend of years has left her, and despite everyone else around her urging her to move on she simply can't let go.
This part I understood. Some loves border obsession and it was nice to see this portrayed on paper, in the non-traditional sense. However, after she knew without a shadow of doubt that they were finished, I wished that she could have moved on. Keeping Nata attached to Beto throughout 97% of the book only served to prevent character growth. Every time I thought she was heading in the right direction Nata would take a leap back and do something that made me question her sanity.
I'm unsure if this book was meant to be psychological in any sense, but Nata seemed deluded. Imaginary friends, fantasies, all the running from a man she "loved"... I don't know. Maybe parts of this were meant to come across mythical realism, however, for me it only served to make the main character look crazy.
The book was well written enough. From my understanding it originated from Madrid, and was first released in Spanish. The culture in this story was actually what I liked most about it. In certain scenes it felt like I was in Madrid.
Fortunata Fortuna was a character I would have loved to know more about had the story had more substance. The ending left me wondering what was real and what wasn't. I feel like I completely missed the point.
While I flew through this, I can't help but wonder what kept me reading. The last part, Part Three jumped around enough to keep my head spinning, and the Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind reenactment put the nail in the coffin.
Written with more character growth and less magical-element, I think this book would have worked for me. Perhaps if there's a second I will pick it up to learn what happened to Fortunata after all.
~Reviewed by Keira @ Lazy Book Lovers
When her boyfriend decides that they need to go ‘on a break’ after drifting apart, Nata’s friends consider her single – after all, she hasn’t heard from her Alberto in months, and they’re pretty sure ‘on a break’ has become ‘broken up’. So, having exhausted her shoulders to cry on and people to vent to, Nata retreats to her journal and her imagination. Imagining what Alberto might be doing, writing him letters, trying to fall for another man, trying to rejoin the single social life…
Written in a deliciously quirky way, The Imaginary Life felt like an indie movie in words. Nothing is lost in translation for Spanish author Torres – in fact, I think a hint of Spanish flair added to the overall zest of the novel. Perhaps one reason I liked this book so much is because I could so easily put myself in Nata’s shoes… I, too, struggle to let things go, and can hold on to people too long. I know all too well what it’s like to exhaust your list of people that you can talk to about someone, and be left inside your head, imagining what could have been if only this or that had been different.
This book is definitely all about Nata, so if first person, introspective, somewhat self-obsessed books aren’t your thing, then give this one a miss – but for lovers of quirky romance stories, this is definitely worth a read!
When we meet Nata Fortuna, she has just gone through a major breakup and is spending a lot of time thinking about her ex. She weaves back and forth between the reality of her daily life and her fantasy world of what would happen if she saw him again. I think anyone who has gone through the breakup of a serious relationship can relate to the thoughts that flow through her head during this time.
This novel has a fresh take on post-breakup obsession because there are magic realism elements - At one point, Nata flies through the air to visit her ex in his apartment, for example. She also knows she has to move on and does so with an endearing mixture of anxiety and aplomb, with her hilarious friends by her side. The humor in The Imaginary Life is a dry humor, and by reading online reviews, I am not sure everyone got it. The reviews vary widely, but I really enjoyed the novel.
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