The Antiquarian

The Antiquarian

Book - 2014
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A renowned psycholinguist delves into the confession of a once-dear friend, a rare book collector who is incarcerated in a mental institution for killing his fiancě, told to him in bits of novels, fables, and historical allusions.
Publisher: New York : Black Cat, an imprint of Grove/Atlantic, [2014]
ISBN: 9780802121608
Branch Call Number: FAVER
Characteristics: 209 pages ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: El anticuario. English


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Sep 24, 2015

I'm 3/4 of the way through this intense, intriguing novel. There's lapses of intensity and interest, but I'm still driven to find out the end to the mystery.

Lost its intensity. I took a break, signed it out again.

A complex, macabre read -- beautiful and ugly, brutal and sensual. Not for the squeamish. Reviewers raised similarities to Borges, Calvino, among others. Having recently read Meyrink’s The Golem, I would throw in that comparison as well as a hint of Brown’s The DaVinci Code. Beautifully designed and written book, and thankfully only one error made its way past the editors and proofreaders – a punctuation error on p. 193 (Black Cat, 2010). A film version of this would fall alongside Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth.

Jun 07, 2015

The novel failed me completely. I felt nothing for any of the paper-thin characters, or the story. Written by a literary critic for other critics rather than for readers.

amf_0 Oct 22, 2014

Odd, bizarre and not for the faint-of-heart

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