Swati Binaykia Binaykia de Lozenets, Bulgaria
Dans l'ensemble, pas mal ... génial de pénétrer dans l'esprit de ce gars un peu ... j'adore comment il est arrivé à la conclusion logique que parce qu'il avait une entreprise en faillite où il avait perdu l'argent de ses amis / investisseurs, il devrait consacrer sa vie à le service de l'humanité (je paraphrase).
Cette suite n'était pas aussi bonne que le premier livre. Je m'ennuyais à certains endroits, me retrouvant à sauter des paragraphes entiers. L'histoire n'était pas aussi intrigante et le point culminant n'était pas excitant. J'ai bien aimé la fin. C'est la seule partie du livre qui m'a rendu curieux de lire le 3e livre de la trilogie.
This is an interesting book and with an interesting back story. The author was from Spain and emigrated to New York City around the time of World War I. He wrote this book in the late 1920s, but was not able to get it published until 1936. Although he was Spanish and set the book in Spain, he wrote in English. Apart from a children's book that was also published in 1929, he didn't publish any other books for over 40 years. After Locos was republished in the 1980s, a novel called Chromos that he wrote in the 1940s but left in a drawer was published in 1990. In 1992 a book of poems he wrote in Spanish from the 20s to the 80s was also published. (I haven't read these other books but now plan to do so.) It's too bad this output was limited and his talent not recognized earlier in life; this book is quite good and original. It's a collection of short stories set mostly in Madrid over the course of several decades. The various stories interconnect in surprising and amusing ways. Many characters show up unexpectedly in various stories and new information is revealed that gives earlier stories a new dimension. If you do it read, you may find yourself like me; jumping back to re-read sections of earlier chapters to pick up foreshadowing and seemingly unimportant details mentioned in the earlier stories. In particular, pay close to the first chapter; when I first read it seemed unimportant but after I finished the book I realized it held many important clues for the rest of the book. The stories are out of order chronologically and in some ways it almost felt like an absurd twist on films like Crash, Amores Perros and Pulp Fiction, in that it makes interesitng connections between characters who at first seem unrelated. I guess these new ideas aren't soo new after all.