Not quite at the level of Simon Winchester but similarly I liked that the story blended recent events with historical facts and interesting asides. I would recommend this book to a friend in print form.
Include a wedge of Paramo de Guzman cheese!
The narrator has no clue how to pronounce Spanish. Even simple words like "bella" (pronounced beya (correctly) , not bela (as pronounced by the narrator) ) are mispronounced. This might not be a significant issue for someone that does not speak Spanish but if you do or even have a basic understanding, you will be very disappointed and increasingly aggravated as the story progresses.
I fail to understand why a bilingual narrator was not chosen (there must be many) or at the very least why the present narrator was not coached.
The narration severely detracted from the story.
I am not one for mysteries and detective stories but I decided to try Cuckoo's Calling because it was written by (spoiler alert ;-) ) J. K. Rowling. I am hoping that more Strike adventures will be published, and soon!
Summing up in three words: 1) Entertaining 2) Appealing 3) Poignant
I enjoyed how the characters evolved as the book progressed. I even came to know and care about "Cuckoo" by learning how the other characters had interacted with her. It also was evident that Strike went through a similar transformation- the victim became a real person even though she could not speak for herself.
The scene that comes to mind occurs when Strike goes to the nightclub favored by the glitziest stars and their hanger-ons. His interactions with the celebrities and observations of their behaviors were, at times, very funny.
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