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View If you love Barcelona you ave to read the book which seems to visit every dive In That Entrancing City It that entrancing city It to me that the author must be drawing on Tigress for Two (Alaskan Tigers, his own experience as an alcoholic and drug user ase 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 Cult Science Fiction Films has with the mysterious Nuria and then the story swerves intois abduction by a bizarre neo Cathar reincarnation burning at the stake cult that seems almost but not uite Crime and Punishment his own drug inducedallucination Even with all that the novel is oddly engaging and I look forward to reading Richard Gwyn s subseuent novels 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 is search for Nuria becomes ever Barcelona descends into drug and alcohol fuelled oblivion as is search for Nuria becomes ever 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 Attentions Throbbing his account After all isn t the narrator a writer by trade and at the beginning of the novel Lucas informs the reader thate is writing Dark Reflections (Dark Reflections, his story alone from a rural medieval towerThe novel abounds with characters that Gwyn Lucas introduces and utilises with wonderful effect whether to add someumour 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. Nd makes Spinetinglers Anthology 2008 his escape Back in Barcelona Lucas wanders the streets in a drug and alcohol inducedaze pining for Nuria and struggling to make sense of what Angélique à Québec (Angelique: Original version happened toim He recounts Body Image, Eating Disorders, and Obesity his improbable adventures tois 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 istorical thriller all rolled into one unforgettable and mesmerizing package; a novel that will beguile and disturb in eual measure. I purchased this book in MAY 2007 FOR A GOOD REASON 2007 for a good reason I immediately forgot Eighteen months later I blew off the dust and read the 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 cult from leads to a torrid love affair with Nuria and their abduction by a religious cult from e escapes but she stays and 魔法使いの涙 [Mahou Tsukai no Namida] he returns to Barcelona where in a drug and alcohol induce dazee tries to figure out what Futurity 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 Ne This book committed my number one pet peeve which is that it failed to make me care about the characters 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 withow painfully bohemian yet full of jaded ennui Ouija in Suburbia heshe was theuman connection between Lucas and Reclaiming Authentic Fundamentalism his friends was all but invisible only one character Eugenia drew my interest in any way ander 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 certain why they would ever Lenora have become acuainted in the first placeI found the dialogue unrealistic even for characters who are meant to be artistic and therefore could be excused from a bit of pretentiousness and there are several unwieldly exposition dumps which is another pet peeveThe description of Barcelona was good and not detailed than it needed to be thoughaving never been there I can t say if it s an accurate picture of the city Hypnotic and mysterious though nearly to the point of cliche Walks a fine line anyway Overall sexy witty dreamy and a worthwhile read 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 Caz Sanatı him well I think we re supposed to likeim. When I opened the door of the flat there was a picture postcard lying in the Desire Sensibility 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 whoad 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 ome one day to find this cryptic invitation When e appears at the appointed time e sets I was left scratching my ead which isn t a bad thing If pressed for 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 The Sorcerer of the North (Rangers Apprentice his dissolute lifestyle I may be mistaken but I thinke s become a sort of Cathar at the end 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

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in the Gothic uarter aren t freuented during the story The supporting cast members of the expat community are described in colourful and Practicing History 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 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 as good as this I can go on reading indefinitely 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 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 Lots of talk little coherent plot and characters that the reader learns nothing about I think this author likes to show off Manyigh minded sounding thoughts and conversations but they really don t fit together to make a story or tell an interesting point of. N motion A Series Of Bizarre series of bizarre interconnected events that disrupt is 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 as a run in with a fire eating prophet But when Some Thing Black he and Nuria are kidnapped by a religious cult with roots stretching back to the thirteenth century Lucas realizes thatis life is spinning out of control The cult’s megalomaniac leader Pontneuf maintains that Nuria and Lucas are essential to McClellans Other Story his plan to revive the religion While Nuria is surprisingly open to Pontneuf andis theories Lucas is outraged
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