All of a sudden, nothing in his life feels right. His restlessness is further fuelled when he finds a book by a little-known Portuguese writer, Amadeo de Prado. The appearance of the mysterious woman, and Prado's prescient words, all seem to tell him the same thing: that he must leave everything behind.
So, early the next morning, he packs a bag and boards the night train to Lisbon on a restless journey across Europe and deep within himself in the hope of discovering someone who will make him feel alive and connected to himself and the world once more.
©2004 Carl Hanser Verlag Muenchen Wien 2004; (P)2008 WF Howes Ltd
Sorry had to give up, after a grinding eight chapters I finally gave in. The idea of the story was great but it just never got anywhere and was so slow it became boring. Although the narration was excellent the listener would have to have the patience of a saint to get through the detail, by then you have forgotten what was happening. A real shame, so many chapters gone to waste.
"You'll love it or hate it"
This is a book the reader will either love or despise. It never sets out even vaguely to be an action-packed page turner, so look elsewhere if that's what you want. It does sustain and push the reader on but only if approached in the right way.
Above all this is a gentle and beguiling reflection on the emotional struggles of life for those who are introspective, sharply analytical and deep-thinking. Like the subject itself it gives no answers, no conclusions and remains open-ended - just as it should to be true to its subject matter.
Readers of that disposition should find this a satisfying journey, giving voice to this type if person?s restless absorption with meaning and value. Mercier hangs these themes like prisoners within the banality of human choices made and choices squandered or rejected.
There is a great charm in the novel despite its brutally honest depiction of human fallibility and life?s futility, and it somehow manages to reaffirm rather than depress. A great book if that?s what you want!
Never was a more boring story committed to paper. I've no idea how they could have thought it would make a good listen.
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