Novel: The Islands by Carlos Gamerro. Paperback The Islands was originally published in Spanish as Las Islas. This English. Links to reviews of and other information about The Islands by Carlos Gamerro. Spanish title: Las islas; Translated by Ian Barnett; With an Introduction by. Contributions by Carlos Gamerro. Carlos Gamerro Carlos Gamerro was born in Argentina. He has published the novels Las Islas (, The.
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Readers in the US can buy it via Amazon. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Sep 10, Charles rated it carlis was ok.
Jun 23, David rated it really liked it. Its satirical, labyrinthine prose may be its obvious selling point, but it is the shattering and painful descriptions of war, post-traumatic stress disorder, memory and redemption that lift The Islands from madcap writing experiment to dramatic literary victory.
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Genre-bending it may be, but it is also trying rather lss to be too many different things—hundreds of different stories and styles crammed into one—and often demands a lot of the reader without giving much back.
It is testament to the precision of the translator Ian Barnett, who worked in collaboration with the author Carlos Gamerro, that the English-language version is as inventive, dexterous and shocking as the Spanish original published over twelve years ago.
But this chapter comes after a good five hundred pages of prose that twists and turns with pyrotechnic wit, and creates a complex vision of a Buenos Aires in which reality melts, disintegrates and reforms before our eyes.
His writing is compelling and once I started, made the book hard to put down. George rated it really liked it Aug 21, Page after page of grandiose virtual battle scenes that had no purpose to the plot, and was literally just the character playing a video game and suffering a minutely described migraine.
Despite this uneven ground, The Islands is an electrifying novel that plunges us into a densely mirrored narrative so ingenious and layered it is hard to summarize.
I felt like this book was simply going for shock value as the character ate his own vomit repeatedly and even slurped it off the floor, described in painful intricacy. Long and verbose—over five hundred pages, even after one hundred pages were cut from the original— The Islands sometimes buckles under its own weight of ideas and originality. The war, the political dictatorship, the freezing, miserable months in trenches on the islands, the self-serving, brutal commanders, the guilt, the horror, the death, the final loss—all these skulk silently in the background.
Damn you Amazon, my dark cloud-computed overlord. You might be thinking that this sounds completely brilliant—a kind of surreal, Borgesian thriller; or you might be thinking that it sounds completely unreadable—a slippery, unrealistic plot in which nothing will stay still long enough for you to grasp what on earth is going on.
First ever book club. Leave a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Carl Stevens rated it it was amazing Jan 03, An admirably ambitious book.
The Islands by Carlos Gamerro
Thanks for telling us about the problem. All I was doing was slogging through descriptive words as I waited for the actual plot to kick in. But, overall, a fun book. First book in said book club. Joseph rated it really liked it Feb 24, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
Published May 29th by And Other Stories first published 1st The islands are the quiet, beating twin hearts of the novel, exposed when Felipe eventually confronts his wartime experiences in the penultimate chapter, which is a beautiful piece of dramatic writing that is honest, terrifying and deeply moving. But where is the English listing on Goodreads. If the Falklands conflict is the heart of this novel, it is through a distorted and kaleidoscopic viewing glass that we read and understand it.
Aug 20, Thomas rated it really liked it. Will Buckingham rated it liked it Jul 09, No es verdad que hubo sobrevivientes.