Monday, 3 January 2011

Kamchatka by Marcelo Figueras. A random read by Mrs B over Christmas

We WILL all be better at blogging this year. We really will. And to kick start the year here are a few words on a thoughtful (and very well translated) novel I read over Christmas this year.

Set in 1970’s Argentina, a young boy is whisked out of school by his parents fleeing to a safe house to escape the new military ruling power. I was expecting a high octane, suspense-filled novel and was at first disappointed by the lack of pace. However, I found it ultimately much more fulfilling as a look at where we look to escape to when reality becomes too painful - all through the eyes of a boardgame-loving, Houdini-obsessed young lad trying to make sense of a world closing in on his family.

1 comment:

Nellie said...

Hurrah! The Mr B's Blog is alive and well. Welcome back :)