The story is told by large cast of characters who seem to be responding verbally to questions about two poets, a Mexican and a Chilean. But somehow, these two end up seeming mythical and insubstantial while the supporting characters become full blown companions through their unique voices telling stories combining the mundane and bizarre. A latticework of detail is provided (You always know the date and place of a narration.), but motivation almost always remains mysterious. By some inexplicable means, the narrative tension is sustained through many adventures in Mexico City and Europe.
The readers are absolutely great. I'm sure that their good pronunciation of Spanish words (as well as German and even Latin) and the excellent definition of the characters through their voices and accents made this novel a much greater pleasure to listen to than it would have been to read in print.
The writing is good.
Everything. The reader doesn't seem to have any sense of what he's saying. It eventually began to drive us crazy.
I want to cancel my subscription to this, but can't figure out how.
Mr. Griffin did his usual fine job of reading the book, but the book itself is pretty bad. I guess the problem is that nobody really knows enough about Alexander and most writers keep having to say, "Well, maybe it was like this..." But, Lamb didn't worry about it and just made up the parts he didn't know, quite romantically.
I'd already listened to half of The Peloponnesian War by the other reader and was on the point of giving up. Then I switched to this one and don't want it to end! Mr. Griffin shows an understanding of the material that brings the story (a distant, difficult one) wonderfully to life.
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