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Ers and also failed 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 Lucas almost every character seemed to be very impressed with how painfully bohemian yet full of jaded ennui heshe was the human connection between Lucas and his 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 only from each other but from the world at large and I m not cer If you love Barcelona you have to read the book which seems to visit every dive in that entrancing city 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 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 look forward 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 oing next unless it s to another bar there can t be too many drinking joints in the Gothic uarter that aren t freuented during the story The supporting cast members of the expat community are described in colourful and hilarious fashion 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 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 my favourite books John Fowles The Magus in the sense that neither the reader nor the narrator can uite figure out what is Michaels Discovery (The Devaneys going on It achieves exactly the right combination of reality and the surreal Like The Magus I suspected there would not be an explanation for everything come the end and just like The Magus I didn t care Writing asood as this I can o on reading indefinitel. Nd makes his escape Back in Barcelona Lucas wanders the streets in a drug and alcohol induced haze pining for Nuria and struggling to make sense of what happened to him He recounts his improbable adventures to his friends who are wholly entertained by the story and deeply dubious of its truth an understandable skepticism as Lucas fast 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.
T 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 rasp 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 foretellingThis being a first 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 Life Changing Smiles go or they will be mugged Indeed a tourist mugging is the 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 see feel and smell Barcelona s dirty underwear At times the author approaches magical realism but then decisively withdraws It might be surreal but he makes it plausibleAnd it works The flyleaf told us the plot so with patience and fortitude we wait while the author carefully constructs a foundation 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 fit 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 of 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 for an explanation SPOILER ALERT I d say that Nuria Pontneuf and the aristocrat with thereen suit were all working in unison to lift Lucas out of his dissolute lifestyle I may be mistaken but I think he s become a sort of Cathar at the end I won t be reading this again that s for sure I didn t find 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 failed to make me care about the charact. 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 fire 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 uess parts of this book were ood 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 fine line anyway Overall sexy witty dreamy and a worthwhile read Richard Gwyn s debut novel is a tale of obsessive love intrigue and drug fuelled 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 kidnapped by a religious cult whose leader whose motives are sinister than appearance suggests Lucas escapes alone but back in Barcelona descends into drug and alcohol fuelled oblivion as his search for Nuria becomes ever futile These three seemingly separate tales and themes are skilfully woven into a whole as the novel reaches its climaxGwyn s prose style is economical never descending into unnecessary ebullience and allowing the characters situations and locations to speak for themselves The early infatuation with Nuria informs the later obsession and destitution but Lucas moral apathy and detachment from the world around leads the reader to uestion the veracity of his account After all isn t the narrator a writer by trade and at the beginning of the novel Lucas informs the reader that he is writing his story alone from a rural medieval towerThe novel abounds with characters that Gwyn Lucas introduces and utilises with wonderful effect whether to add some humour add to the intrigue or even uestion the narrator s account and never at any point feel false or overbearing The mark of a talented and skillful storyteller This is a brilliant and compelling debut I purchased this book in May 2007 for a Only a Whisper good reason which I immediately forgot Eighteen months later I blew off the dust and read the flyleaf It s about someuy in Barcelona who receives an anonymous postcard that leads to a torrid love affair with Nuria and their abduction by a religious cult from which he escapes but she stays and he returns to Barcelona where in a drug and alcohol induce daze he tries to figure out what happened The flyleaf also mentions roof dwellers and a fire eating prophet Except for the last 23 pages of the novel that synopsis tells the story Nevertheless the tale has elements of a mysteryTHE COLORis the first novel by a poet I classify it as Copper Lake Secrets general fiction with perhaps a literary treatmen. When I opened the door of the flat there was a picture postcard lying in the hallway It showed a reproduction of a painting by Joan Miró I turned the card over Neatly written inreen 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 be found 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 find this cryptic invitation When he appears at the appointed time he sets
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Richard Gwyn was born and grew up in south Wales While studying anthropology at the London School of Economics he became interested in the threatened cultures languages and music of peripheral communities He also harboured ambitions as a poet and made several luminary appearances at punk gigs in the late 1970s including a memorable support act to The Cure Turning his back on beckoning stardo