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About the Author
- ASIN : B008OPDDVQ
- Publisher : Barcelona eBooks (August 14, 2012)
- Publication date : August 14, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 1092 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 206 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,472,487 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This edition of The Street of Three Beds was published in 2012 by Open Road Integrated Media and written by Roser Caminals. The book was written originally in the author's native language of Catalan. The novel is set in the period of 1880's to the 1920's in Barcelona. Maurici comes from a well off family the owns and operates a factory. Maurici's father is a no nonsense - all business type man, but his mother is more indulgent and wants her son to be well educated and happy. So, Marici is somewhat carefree and a bit spoiled. He parties with his friends and has little use for ambition and doesn't think a great deal about his future. He has an affair with a seamtress, Rita. She informs him that she thinks she might be pregnant. His immediate feeling are that she is trying to trap him and he's having none of it. When she enters a shop to pick up some garments, she never comes back out. The shop owner claims she never saw the girl. This event changes Maurici's life in ways he could never have imagined. He becomes obsessed with finding out what happened to Rita. This leads him to what on the surface looks like a bordello, but in reality is a front for white slavery. Rita somehow wound up in this place. The horror he witnesses changes Maurici's outlook on life. The first part of the book moves a little slow. You will no doubt find yourself unimpressed with Maurici and his attitude. But, the pace picks up after a bit and the mystery of what really happened to Rita is revealed and shocking revelations come to light that involve Maurici's own family.This book does have a tidy ending, but there is still an element of sadness that those involved in these events are still haunted with. The author does a great job of placing us in Barcelona in this era. A compelling story worth checking out. Over all a B+. Thanks to Open Road Media and Netgalley for a copy of this book.
However, the situation becomes complex with Rita's disappearance and the pages that follow concern Maurici's transformation into a concerned, investigative, upstanding young man. For this disappearance has shattered Maurici's safe cocoon world, and the results are dangerous but endearing as well as adventuresome.
Maurici enters what he thinks is a world of prostitutes that perhaps Rita, a seamstress by trade, was secretly engaged in. As if that weren't bad enough, it turns out that there is something far more sinister happening involving the lives of young woman who are being caught or trapped into a white slave trade business, overseen by the highest officials involved in government and business. Shocking? Not really yet the author deftly alerts the reader through each phase of discovery as to how shocking this is to the average citizen, represented obviously in Maurici Aldabo and perhaps those known all too well to him.
This was a good read with an okay ending. Although there is much about the gothic style underworld of this story, the story could have just as well taken place in any other large city in any country.