[Ebook] Pequeña flor By Iosi Havilio – Writerscompany.co.uk
Esa Tarde Entend Que Lo Que Creemos Imposible Suele Estar A Tres Segundos De Distancia Iosi Havilio Ha Escrito Una Novela Magn Fica E Inesperada Peque A Flor Es Un Hipn Tico Y Admirable Nico P Rrafo, Consistente, Adictivo, Producto De La Prosa De Un Autor Talentoso E Inquieto Que Se Inclina Por La B Squeda Constante.Un Hecho Fortuito Y Un Matrimonio En Plena Meseta Amorosa Son Los Disparadores De Una Historia Que No Para De Crecer, Que Sorprende A Cada Paso, Hasta Llegar Al Xtasis, Acaso Reci N, En Su Punto Final. I loved this little book Lots of twists and turns Read with Blackwells looking forward to meeting the author. If you can set aside the time a couple of hours will probably suffice unless you re a particularly slow reader I would suggest, as I did, reading this in a single sitting The work meanders on in a stream of unbroken text from beginning to end drifting from one subject to the next and I couldn t really see any good reason for this until I read Jessica Sequeira s review for Litro where she makes this observation The formal structure of one long paragraph makes everything falsely connect, and makes language seem like a lake in which events or people might pop up and disappear, flying fish that hurl themselves upward for a taste of the fresh air before they plunge again into the depths of the sea Granted not all Havilio s transitions are entirely seamless there were a couple of times I could definitely feel him taking a breath but at least he keeps his sentences to a reasonable length Although I would recommend reading Jessica s review you might want to look at it after the fact because she reveals a bit than you d want to know at the start The book opens with the seemingly throwaway line This story begins when I was someone else Of course we re all so keen to get into the book we don t pay it much attention The protagonist, Jos thirty six goes on to describe getting on his bike and pedalling off to work only to find his place of employment a firework factory has gone up in flames He parks himself beside a sizeable tree perched on a hill and watches the emergency services get on with their business On Friday the redundancy telegram arrived So he s unemployed He and Laura have a one year old daughter and the immediate solution to their financial worries is obvious Laura reacted coolly, saying that we had to be sensible in the circumstances She could go back to work her year off was beginning to feel too long after all At first, with unthinking conformity, I objected, but the prospect of hunting for a job soon shut me up Rent and food were non negotiable expenses Within the week, Laura went back to the publishing house and I was forced to become a housewife And so, within a few pages, Jos s transformation has become Worst of all was that dreary stretch in the middle of the afternoon, that sluggish, creeping time between lunch and Laura s return I entered a black hole in which I could will myself with equal conviction to change the world or to vanish without trace My spirit had become a permanent hologram No matter what attitude I tried to take, I d end up falling into a trap no initiative ever got beyond the limbo of assertions Another little sentence that s easy to skip over without giving it much thought and, again, I find myself drawn to Jessica Sequeira s review It isn t entirely clear whether the events described occur in reality or within this hologram But perhaps the disquieting suggestion here is that there really isn t so much of a difference I have to say when I was reading the book I never imagined for a second that what I was reading, no matter how absurd it got and it gets pretty weird , wasn t real By the end of the book, however, Jos has been transformed he is definitely someone else but then so is everyone else in the book His wife, for example I m assuming they re married , has to return to work as a proof reader rather than an editor and she finds that hard, so hard she ends up in a therapy group run by the charismatic Horacio that has all the makings of a cult Meanwhile Jos becomes friends with his jazz loving next door neighbour Guillermo and I really didn t see where that relationship was heading No, they don t become lovers that d be far too easy Without giving away anything let me just ask you this If you did a bad thing and got away with it would you be tempted to do it again I suppose it depends Even if it s taking a pen home from work you have to live with it It s only a pen but then it s only theft The pen runs out or you lose it and you take home another one Or two Better to have a spare Actions have consequences though and the next thing you know you re being stopped by a security guard and questioned about the reams of paper in your carryall But what if there were no consequences I keep coming back to that word hologram Nowadays I expect people would think of Star Trek s holodeck than 3D photography and the wonderful thing about holodecks is you can do whatever you like in them slaughter half a dozen Klingons in a training exercise and think nothing of it It s not real No one died Real life s not like that But what if it was Something happens to Jos when he s with Guillermo that makes him question reality as he s come to know it Of course if, like me, you don t know much about Russian literature especially Tolstoy s final novel Resurrection , the Chilean born French filmmaker Jodorowsky regarded by many as the spiritual guru of the new millennium or the music of Sidney Bechet you might not get all the references but I coped An interesting read nevertheless and although it leaves things hanging at the end the climax does make sense Sort of Me, I would ve quit while I was ahead.After you ve read the book you might also find this interview with the author of some interest. Odd and disorienting, this meanders through some surprising twists I have a lot of trouble with the lack of paragraph breaks, but was mostly ambling along And squirming at the narrator s highly questionable reasoning and concluding action. An utterly fantastic read Completely unputdownable One to read in one sitting I definitely need to check out Iosi Havilio s other work.