Infatuations, TheMarias, Javier
Frequenter of a local cafe, Maria Dolz becomes intrigued by a seemingly perfect couple who regularly occupy a nearby table. But there is to be no perfect life ahead for Luisa and Miguel: Miguel is murdered in broad daylight in a busy Madrid street, something Maria would not question but for overhearing a disturbing conversation concerning the planning and execution of a murder ...
With its metaphysical and literary underpinnings, this murder mystery with a difference provides in its slow unravelling many opportunities to dwell on the deep questions of life and human motivation.
Comments from Groups'The Infatuations' inspired a mixed response: from "intense and brilliant" to "too slow and convoluted." Generally however, our group admired the writing style. One member marvelled at how much 'introspection and mental gymnastics" could be created from one incident. Motueka 001 Those who managed to finish the book had an animated discussion re the idea of non-culpable murder, and the feelings and emotions involved in the whole process. Some thought this was a well written novel - more literary than easy-reading, and at times a little wordy. An interesting read, and did provoke thought and discussion. Dunedin 039 While the plot was interesting and credible, we found the writing style verbose and tedious. Matamata 002 This book was challenging to read, and some did not persist. However, our discussion was lively and enlightened us further...Wellington 079 The author uses his story of a murder as a vehicle to discuss a number of philosophical ideas with great skill. Lots to think about! Hamilton 024