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The Color of a Dog Running Away | [Richard Gwyn]

The Color of a Dog Running Away

Lucas, a musician living in Barcelona, receives a cryptic invitation. When he appears at the appointed time, he sets in motion a series of bizarre events that disrupt his passive existence. He meets the alluring Nuria and they begin a love affair. He is approached by a band of mythic roof dwellers and has a run-in with a fire-eating prophet. But when he and Nuria are kidnapped by a religious cult with roots stretching back to the 13th century, Lucas realizes that his life is spinning out of control.
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Lucas, a musician and translator living in Barcelona's Gothic Quarter, comes home one day to find a cryptic invitation. When he appears at the appointed time, he sets in motion a series of bizarre, seemingly interconnected events that disrupt his previously passive existence. He meets the alluring Nuria and they begin an intense love affair. He is approached by a band of Barcelona's mythic roof dwellers and has a run-in with a fire-eating prophet.

But when he and Nuria are kidnapped by a religious cult with roots stretching back to the 13th century, Lucas realizes that his life is spinning out of control. The cult's megalomaniac leader, Pontneuf, maintains that Nuria and Lucas are essential to his plan to revive the religion. While Nuria is surprisingly open to Pontneuf and his theories, Lucas is outraged and makes his escape. Back in Barcelona, Lucas wanders the streets in a drug-and-alcohol-induced haze, pining for Nuria and struggling to make sense of what has happened to him.

With the alluring and enchanting Barcelona as a vibrant backdrop, The Color of a Dog Running Away is a love story, tale of adventure, and historical thriller: an unforgettable and mesmerizing novel that will beguile and disturb in equal measure.

©2005 Richard Gwyn; (P)2007 Books on Tape

What the Critics Say

"An enjoyably cockeyed exploration of identity and rebirth." (Booklist)
"Clever, stylish and supremely entertaining....this novel offers a feast of sophisticated pleasures and a taste of deeper passions too." (The Independent)

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    Michael Jersey City, NJ, United States 11-28-08
    Michael Jersey City, NJ, United States 11-28-08 Member Since 2006

    Audiobooks are a big part of my life.

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    This dream-like, suspenseful novel might make a terrific David Lynch movie. If that's the sort of tale that appeals to you, you'll like this combination of bizarre mystery and romantic quest. The author has wisely grounded the surreal doings in his intimate knowledge of Barcelona, a city that emerges as a character itself. Robertson Dean's narration nicely fits Lucas, the anti-hero at the center of this story, which perhaps owes something to the influence of Haruki Murakami.

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    Susan Oroville, CA, United States 04-25-09
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    "A droner"

    This book just drones on and on. I have never stopped listening to an audiobook, but this one I had to just quit. Perhaps the narrator had something to do with it, his voice just had a depressing monotone, it felt like everything was doom and gloom, even when it wasn't. I just couldn't get into it.

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