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Richard Gwyn Á 9 FREE READSurreal but he makes it plausibleAnd it works The lyleaf told us the plot so with patience and The Moretti Marriage fortitude we wait while the author carefully constructs aoundation on the rubble of Barcelona which teaches us to accept uirky happenings So by the time the bald headed megalomaniac drips water on the trussed up protagonist narrator lying in a coffin we are certain it could happen Lots of talk little coherent plot and characters that the reader learns nothing about I think this author likes to show off Many high minded sounding thoughts and conversations but they really don t it together to make a story or tell an interesting point of view It s well written and it draws you in though the denouement of THE THRILLER SECTION AROUND TWO THIRDS thriller section around two thirds the way through is very sketchily done and seems to belong to another book an airport novel perhaps What s I didn t like the central character Lucas and it annoyed me that we re supposed to like him well I think we re supposed to like himI was left scratching my head which isn t a bad thing If pressed or an explanation SPOILER ALERT I d say that Nuria Pontneuf and the aristocrat with the green suit were all working in unison to lift Lucas out of his Dissolute Lifestyle I May lifestyle I may mistaken but I think he s become a sort of Cathar at the end I won t be reading this again that s A Measure Of Love (Kincaid Trilogy for sure I didn tind the characters interesting The plot was pretty bland and the writing is unfledged with tedious details This book committed my number one pet peeve which is that it Starting Over on Blackberry Lane (Life in Icicle Falls failed to make me care about the characters and alsoailed to make me see why any single character liked or
cared about another I didn t see any reason that Nuria would actually be in love with Lucasabout another I didn t see any reason that Nuria would actually be in love with Lucas every character seemed to be very impressed with how painfully bohemian yet ull of jaded ennui heshe was the human connection between Lucas and his Claiming His Desert Princess (Hot Arabian Nights friends was all but invisible only one character Eugenia drew my interest in any way and her role was relatively minor The characters seemed to be voluntarily isolated not onlyrom each other but Secret Baby, Surprise Parents from the world at large and I m not certain why they would ever have become acuainted in theirst placeI Mystify (Mystyx, found the dialogue unrealistic evenor characters who are meant N motion a series of bizarre seemingly interconnected events that disrupt his previously passive existence He meets the alluring Nuria and they begin an intense love affair He is approached by a band of Barcelona’s mythic roof dwellers and has a run in with a ire eating prophet But when he and Nuria are kidnapped by a religious cult with roots stretching back to the thirteenth century Lucas realizes that his life is spinning out of control The cult’s megalomaniac leader Pontneuf maintains that Nuria and Lucas are essential to his plan to revive the religion While Nuria is surprisingly open to Pontneuf and his theories Lucas is outraged .
UmWell I guess parts of this book were good I think the title would be correct if it were The Part of My Life in Which I was Drunk 247 and then I wrote it down added an ending and published it Hypnotic and mysterious though nearly to the point of cliche Walks a Wild Streak fine line anyway Overall sexy witty dreamy and a worthwhile read Richard Gwyn s debut novel is a tale of obsessive love intrigue and druguelled nihilism set in modern Barcelona The tale concerns Lucas a Welsh Spanish musician and writer who embarks on a passionate love affair with the mysterious Nuria The lovers are then ki I purchased this book in May 2007 P.I. Daddys Personal Mission (The Coltons of Montana, for a good reason which I immediatelyorgot Eighteen months later I blew off the dust and read the Say Youll Stay And Marry Me flyleaf It s about some guy in Barcelona who receives an anonymous postcard that leads to a torrid love affair with Nuria and their abduction by a religious cultrom which he escapes but she stays and he returns to Barcelona where in a drug and alcohol induce daze he tries to Rafaellos Mistress figure out what happened Thelyleaf also mentions roof dwellers and a The Boleyn King (The Boleyn Trilogy, fire eating prophet Exceptor the last 23 pages of the novel that
Synopsis Tells The Storytells the story the tale has elements of a mysteryTHE COLORis the irst novel by a poet I classify it as general iction with perhaps a literary treatment I say perhaps because I m too lazy to understand poetry and I suspect there is meaningful theme in this story that other readers will grasp That theme is likely related to a statement by the character Igbar Zoff on page 70 The point is that out of any situation whether disastrous or not can spring unforeseeable benefits I think the author was Another Day of Life foretellingThis being airst novel I proceeded with caution For uite many pages the author seemed to be painting the seedy characters and backstreets of Barcelona where tourists should not go or they will be mugged Indeed a tourist mugging is the What Would You Like? first scene after the prologue There are other scenes unrelated to the plot or subplots Descriptions are sensual adjectives used liberally poetically perhaps But it is interesting The author lets us seeeel and smell Barcelona s dirty underwear At times the author approaches magical realism but then decisively withdraws It might be. When I opened THE DOOR OF THE FLAT THERE door of the Narcissus in Chains (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, flat there a picture postcard lying in the hallway It showed a reproduction of a painting by Joan Miró I turned the card over Neatly written in green ink was what appeared to be a date and time 20 May–1100 There was no explanatory message no indication of who had written the card The printed details told me that the reproduction was entitled “Woman of the Night” The painting could beound at the Miró Foundation May 20 was the next day Lucas a musician and translator living in Barcelona’s Gothic uarter comes home one day to Cinderella for a Night (36 Hours, find this cryptic invitation When he appears at the appointed time he sets O be artistic and therefore could be excusedrom a bit of pretentiousness and there are several unwieldly exposition dumps which is another pet peeveThe description of Barcelona was good several unwieldly exposition dumps which is another pet peeveThe description of Barcelona was good not detailed than it needed to be though having never been there I can t say if it s an accurate picture of the city If you love Barcelona you have to read if it s an accurate picture of the city If you love Barcelona you have to read book which seems to visit every dive in that entrancing read book which seems to visit every dive in that entrancing It seems to me that the author must be drawing on his own experience as an alcoholic and drug user as he depicts the protagonist s wanderings back and Friend Foe forth across the Ramblas and the old city But that is in the latter part of the novelThe novel begins with a wondrous love affair that Lucas has with the mysterious Nuria and then the story swerves into his abduction by a bizarre neo Cathar reincarnation burning at the stake cult that seems almost but not uite his own drug induced hallucination Even with all that the novel is oddly engaging and I lookorward to reading Richard Gwyn s subseuent novels There was a sense of anything being possible in this very poetic superbly written book set in Barcelona You never really know where it s going next unless it s to another bar there can t be too many drinking joints in the Gothic uarter that aren t The Longevity Diet freuented during the story The supporting cast members of the expat community are described in colourful and hilariousashion and the descriptions of Barcelona itself are perceptive and a joy to read There was an edge of muted excitement in the air Barcelona often seemed like that a city on the brink infatuated with its own improbability I loved these twisting alleys the syncopated snatches of music drifting out Grassroots Innovation from open windows the long shadows even the perpetual odour of an antiue drainage system overlaid with sand cement and cheap cigar smokeThe story reminded me very much of one of myavourite books John Fowles The Magus in the sense that neither the reader nor the narrator can uite igure out what is going on It achieves exactly the right combination of reality and the surreal Like The Magus I suspected there would not be an explanation or everything come the end and just like The Magus I didn t care Writing as good as this I can go on reading indefinitely. Nd makes his escape Back in Barcelona Lucas wanders the streets in a drug and alcohol induced haze pining Architecture and Utopia for Nuria and struggling to make sense of what happened to him He recounts his improbable adventures to hisriends who are wholly entertained by the story and deeply dubious of its truth an understandable skepticism as Lucas ast becomes the uintessential unreliable narrator With the alluring and enchanting Barcelona as a vibrant backdrop The Color of a Dog Running Away is a love story tale of adventure and historical thriller all rolled into one unforgettable and mesmerizing package; a novel that will beguile and disturb in eual measure.