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READ & DOWNLOAD Ò Los enamoramientos É ➹ Los enamoramientos Free ➯ Author Javier Marías – Gwairsoft.co.uk María er vön að fá sér morgunmat á kaffihúsi í Madrid áður en hún fer til vinnu sinnar Það gera Miguel og Luisa líka glaðlynd og ástfangin hjón sem María hefur unun af að fylgjast m María er vön aðMaría er vön að fá sér morgunmat á kaffihúsi í Madrid áður en hún fer til vinnu sinnar Það gera Miguel og Luisa líka glaðlynd og ástfangin hjón sem. A young woman 30 ish works in a publishing house in Madrid She has coffee every morning and for several years overhears conversations of a couple with their two young children who freuent the same café They never interact but she thinks of them as “the perfect couple” She doesn’t know it yet but they notice her too and call her “the prudent young woman” One day she sees in the newspaper that the married man was murdered by a crazy knife wielding homeless man Sometime later she sees the widow by herself and goes up to her and offers condolences and eventually meets her at her home At the widow’s home she meets a friend of the family and gets romantically involved with him This is where the real story starts She learns that there’s a lot to the murder Her world is rocked and what she comes to know creates a number of moral dilemmas for her It’s a story of love death fate memory guilt obsession chance and coincidence It’s a study too of a woman going through the stages of griefMarias may be the best contemporary author from Spain I phrase it that way to distinguish between writers from Spain and Latin American Spanish authors I’ve read and reviewed two other works by Marias Written Lives and Dark Back of Time Some example of his writing and passages that I liked “Writers are for the most part strange individuals They get up in exactly the same state of mind as when they went to bed thinking about imaginary things which despite being purely imaginary take up most of their time” When one suffers a misfortune “the effects on the victim far outlast the patience of those prepared to listen and accompany her unconditional support never lasts very long once it has become tinged with monotony” “The only people who do not fail or let us down are those who are snatched from us the only ones we don’t drop are those who abruptly disappear and so have no time to cause us pain or disappointment” “there is nothing tempting than to surrender yourself to someone else even if only in your imagination and to make his problems your own and to submerge yourself in his existence which because it is not yours seems easier to bear” Despite the heavy theme Marias writes with humorOf a group of writers she takes to dinner on business “most of the guests looked strangely like flamenco artistes and my main fear was that they might whip out their guitars from some strange hiding place and start singing loudly between courses”His upper lip became caught on his gums and “he made some rather strange rodent like movements with his lips”“he was wearing an argyle sweater the kind of glasses a rapist or a maniac might wear”This is prescient written in 2011 long before any recent elections “the greatest imbecile and the greatest rogue may gain a landslide victory from a population mesmerized by baseness or perhaps driven by a suicidal desire to be deceived” Marias gives us some local color of Madrid and scatters references to works by Balzac and Dumas This is well written and very literary I’m giving it a 5 and adding it to my favorites Photo of cafe in Madrid from wheretravelercomPhoto of the author from newstatesmancom

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María hefur unun af að fylgjast með og lítur á sem hið fullkomna par En dag einn hætta þau að koma því að hryllilegur atburður hefur gerst Ást dauði s. You could say that I wished them all the best in the world as if they were characters in a novel or a film for whom one is rooting right from the start knowing that something bad is going to happen to them that at some point things will go horribly wrong otherwise there would be no novel or film They were the brief modest spectacle that lifted my mood before I went to work at the publishing house to wrestle with my megalomaniac boss and his horrible authorsSo is the sentiment expressed by the narrator These real people she doesn’t know have captured her heart and imagination like fictional characters so much easier to take than those who make their livings in publishing Nicely played JM premising the real on the fictive to distance the real Nice indeedI should know better than to rush out and read something brand new in this case before it’s even published in this country A couple of us jumped through a hoop of an inconvenience to review this before most of you even get a chance to see it Good for some of us perhaps bad for you definitely not the best thing I could do for myself—even at the time I wrote my profile I stated “rarely if ever do I read a title as it's published” and for good reason I like having books hanging around watching me and making me feel guilty badgering me with “Now” It gives me pause opportunity for the book and I to acclimate and eventually arrive at mutually determined “Now” So I leapt in Readingreadinguh okayreading wondering reading Something seemed off was it the voice of the female protagonist as my first inclination suggested Was it that she sounded so much like Marías himself Hmm Not good But I am liking this It keeps me going I like what the story is about and I like what the book is about I’ll return to that In my haste to get going on the new Marías I’d forgotten the characteristic authorial voice or rather hadn’t forgotten it The familiar digressive wanderings were present in spades constantly wandering speculating making suggestions to me It wasn’t until reaching the final section of the novel that the voices for me congealed And it wasn’t that the narrator became credible as a woman Or that she became credible as Woman Rather she became credible as human—as real—that place where fiction and my perceptionreception of it matters Part voice part character Part authorial and the ever appreciated translator I want to know Margaret Jull Costa; I want to talk to her for hours and part making sense of what’s provided—the text What had been disparate coalesced I’d had my doubts and was proven wrong—like characters in the story—who had their own certainties until they no longer had them Seeds had been planted This is a mystery of sorts The blurb prefers ‘existential mystery’ and I can live with that as well But it also much It’s about the mysterious Love and Death Memory Guilt and Complicity Murder “a murder nothing ” Like so many authors I’ve come to love reading and look forward to their books are as much about writing and the story telling process I said I’d get back to what the book was about as they are the story Where other writers use metafiction Marías gently tugs at its hemline or shirtsleeves It’s about allusion and its difference from intertextuality It’s about Balzac’s Colonel Chabert in a big way and Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Dumas’ The Three Muskateers and Marías’ Bad Nature and Tomorrow in the Battle Think on Me and probably a great deal of what he’s written to date It’s also about the author making fun of his profession and professional aspirations and affectations Good stuffSome uotes because I like uotes On the fourteenth day he phoned my mobile when I was in a meeting with Eugenie and a semi young author recommended to us by Garay Fontina as a reward for the adulation bestowed on him by the former in his blog and in a specialized literary review of which he was editor ‘specialized’ meaning pretentious and marginalOn fictionfactnarrativeHis uncertainty did not last long and he soon regained his composure Having scanned his memory and found no very clear evidence there he must have thought that basically regardless of what I knew or didn’t know I was entirely dependent on him now as one always is on the person doing the telling for he is the one who decides where to begin and where to end what to reveal and suggest and keep silent about when to tell the truth and when to lie or whether to combine the two so that neither is recognizable or whether to deceive with the truth as I had initially suspected he was trying to do with me no it’s not that difficult you just have to present your story in such a way that it seems unbelievable or so hard to believe that your listener ends up rejecting it Unlikely truths are useful and life is full of them far than the very worst of novels no novel would ever dare give houseroom to the infinite number of chances and coincidences that can occur in a single lifetime let alone all those that have already occurred and continue to occur It’s uite shameful the way reality imposes no limits on itselfAnd further And I could not help considering from a hundred different angles or perhaps it was only ten angles repeated over and over what Díaz Verela had told me his two versions if they were two versions and pondering details that had remained unclear in both for there is no story whether real or invented without blind spots or contradictions or obscurities or mistakes and in that respect—that of the darkness that surrounds and encircles any narrative—it didn’t really matter which was whichWhen you don’t know what to believe when you’re not prepared to play the amateur detective then you get tired and dismiss the entire business you let it go you stop thinking and wash your hands of the truth or of the whole tangled mess—which comes to the same thing The truth is never clear it’s always a tangled mess Even when you get to the bottom of it But in real life almost no one needs to find the truth or devote himself to investigating anything that only happens in puerile novelsAnd How easy it is to introduce doubts into someone else’s mindSomewhere between 4 and 5 stars rounded up because whatever else this novel has accomplished it demands to be reread

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Los enamoramientosAnnleikur og lygi í sinni óbærilega flóknu og miskunnarlausu mynd eru meginviðfangsefni þessarar nýju skáldsögu eftir Javier MaríasHöfundur Javier Marías. They sat here before The Chambers Awash in the overheated humidity pomade the dense artificial freshening scent Moments before an objection had been raised out thereSo Sam whatwhat can you give meGruesome over here objected to my objectionYou know he's right Ned You can't object to an objection If I were to allow that then one of you would object to that and the objections would go on until we could no see them I'm still not sure what your case is Sam He rolled out his arms beneath the flowing robe caring for the creases He was on his Throne behind the polished mahogany desk his chambers brightly litYour HonorJimmyJimYour Honor will doMy clients haslet's simplify itincurred an injuryDefine the injury Sam better than you tried out thereOK My client is a slow reader call it cautiousHe looks like a slow readerNed that's enough out of you Act like a Prosecuting AttorneyI am Act like a defense Attorney then He looked at the clock on the desk It could not be heard No tick Only numbers No evidence time passed or moved Less than thirty minutes gentleman before court is back in session and I expect we will come to a compromise before then Sam your defense if we are going to call it such is based on your client having suffered through the first one hundred and eighty pages of this novel First Sam the judge folded his hands and cast his famous thin grin what kind of suffering Was he flayed Bodily scars to show the assault It is a book Sammy He could have put it downAny time Ned broke in That is my point He had the free will to stop reading the book at each moment No one forced him And by the way the tie doesn't go with the suitWhat does that have to do with anythingHe's wearing the tie JimmyYour Honor to have the jury see him as a shnook He likes looking like a shnook so if he says something that makes sense it will sound smarter Or make him look like he has a date after court he doesn't want to show for Juries love this kind of stuffYou think I'm wearing this tie because I think you're bringing it up because you want to divert his HonorBoy Boys Children Leave all this for when we get out there Now let's define the case each of you want to make and come up with a compromise Shit it's hot in hereTake off the robeGo to hell SammyMy client went through an emotional pain of three days 180 pages of reading something repetitive suffocating and banal He did not close it because he was led on in a purposive mannerOf course he was led What the hell do you think these writers do They plant things like terrorists You can't even see them while you read They lead you off in one direction then you find yourself somewhere else Your honor this isn't a case His client this reviewer guy just doesn't have the chopsSamOK my client didn't start reading until later in life But he has read a lot recently and has read many of this author's books And might I say loved them And for good reason Now I hate to agree with Ned I wore this tie because I woke late and dressed in the dark but you see the author led him on to continue reading this incredibly dull stuff by the richness of his previous novels All Souls TITBTOMTITBTOM SamTomorrow In The Battle Think On MeYou see this is what he does your Honor He's shleps out in his mammy pamsy suit and pathetic tie he slightly musses up his hair then the godawful dimple when he reluctantly smiles making him look like a kid who just needs this one break And me I look like the old cagey guy Please tell him he can't use TITBTOM out there and then blushGet To The PointAnyone having read the defendant's previous work would feel the compulsion to read on The woman the narrator speculated about everything including her own speculations Her thoughts never stopped or arrived anywhereKind of like this conversationVery good your Honor The story didn't go anywhere never moved off the starting block I hold out that my client as an average typical reader may have missed some salient points that in all honesty were too well hiddenYou mean Mr Marias Ned smiled did too good of a jobTook it too far Besides he began with a fascinating hook where the narrator eats alone every morning in this diner watching this couple being happy the perfect couple There was a promise here your Honor that was broken for the next one hundred and eighty pagesDamnit What about SamNed sit down We're just defining the cases Take it easyYes your Honor but what about this guy's attempt to be inside of a womanI must have missed that part Ned Sam blushed What page did you say that was onThe judge rose played futilely with the thermostat then opened up a drawer with a key in a wood filing case He brought the three uarter full bottle of aged scotch malt and three semi clean glasses to the table and poured careful They each raised their glasses and silently toasted one another You know what I mean This is good scotch your Honor Sammy boy purposively wants to embarrass himself even here as a strategy We all know that I meant this writer is taking the chance to place himself inside of a woman's mind her imagination No credit for the courage of this How hard it might be Let's face it we guys are born into this world are taught that all kinds of things are coming to us Power in large and small events We expect it Walk around with the expectation Imagine what is like for a woman Just for a moment A woman alone What she is handed before she can even speak in complete sentences is that she is not as good not as capable cannot fully depend on herself so must be with others She my friends grows up in let's be honest what is still a man's world with a certain level of fear vulnerability and in danger She is taught and shown by our culture by Sammy's jokes that she is not set out on a level playing field Ned held his hands up OK so he didn't do a perfect job with this I admit it Who has There was that yellow raft boat and somebodies choiceSophie's ChoiceThanks Your Honor I didn't know you readIdon'tnot usually From another case He refilled the glasses in a ritual cadence Arching their eyebrows they toasted againYou have to Ned went on give the man credit for taking the chance For trying Do you realize that just the effort can have a great effect One man reader to another then another If any of us if I could through the effort see the world through a woman's eyes feel what its like being in this still man's world that has done the world a service And Sam Sammy this is part of the book Over and over again he shows this networking How everything said and done effects and changes others forever it all ripples out It's like that painting What the hell is that he snapped his fingers but there was no sound The judge and Sam tried not to look at the gnarling fingers It's by that Jackson guy A bunch of stupid dots when you see it up close if you want to even call them dots Big deal right You leave then stop when you're at a distance and they are somehow all connected into a whole It is beautifulYou might want to pour him some Sam jerked his head your HonorThe judge filled the cup Now slow down this stuff is expensiveExpensive You've had it open for months nowYou don't expect the good stuff do you You're trying to throw me off aren't you Judges know how its doneWhat Ned lifted his glass would a woman feel right now sitting here Could she feel comfortable like we do to be herselfSpeak for yourself When Jimmy takes off the robe I'll feel a lot better So will he It must be eighty degrees in here Okay Ned he made an effort I agree Just not a good enough one Sam tapped the table with the point of his index finger it doesn't matter in the end my guy isn't going to create any ripples He has no networkings to connect no dotsIs he any goodNo I mean he's okay Sam shrugged He tries to be cutesy sometimes Like this review He has us speculating and being as banal as I'm complaining about He's writing down everything we say That kind of thingIf this is his review I guess Marias doesn't have much to worry aboutNo it's an on line thing A great site but he's one out of a few million Someone here or there gives him a pat on the back I don't think he's ever gotten twenty of them The guy doesn't even show a picture of himself so no one firebombs his house or sues him Yeah Sam laughs The judge looks at the digital numbers lapse of time its passing un shown Believe me whether he gives this a one star rating or a five no one cares It's not going to get in the papers or stop anyone from reading it It's going to be a three or four anywayI've never been inside of a review before Are we allowed to break and use the bathroomGentlemen the judge tapped at his wrist where a watch should have been the idea of this recess if I may remind you was to let me know what case each of you are establishing then see what compromise we want to reach He picked a pen from a holder and pointed its blunt end at Sam Your point is that your client this Mr S suffered some sort of emotional injury because for the first what one hundred and eighty pages he was misled by the author's past reputation and his the readers expectations were thwarted over a lengthy period of timeI would your honorDo you need scotchSam nodded his head My client was significantly disappointed As the prosecuting attorney pointed out Marias himself showed in the narrative how one person being effected by an event will then network out to others effect others who will then effect This disappointment will not only injure my client stay with him forever but will spread It cannot be seenIt can can't it On his face Movements How he treats other peopleAre you taking his side your honor Teaming up You owe himMe The judge held his hands up speak to the shmuck writing our reviewThen I object It is all a conflict of interestThere you go with your objections again That's how we got here in the first place Of course it's a conflict of interest That's the problem about being in a review He's the guy tapping on a keyboard Can't you see the words coming out of my mouth We just have to do the best we can Be a man about itYou seeSee what Never mindSo Sam interrupted glancing at the ceiling the corners first the writing was flat boring didn't meet the expectations from previous works and failed to fulfill the setup of the scene and narrator's character from the beginning Hopes dashed The reader my client being in my estimation unfairly prosecuted he glanced back up at the ceiling corner is left in danger of fearing being disappointed in trying any novel now in life And yes I respect his attempt to place us males inside the mind of a woman to see the world through her eyes Every man should want to do this as difficult and resistive as it may be A reuirement to be licensed as a human being However the author held out a gold ring We finally got there And we really did He put the narrator in a physically and emotionally tense and frightening situation Around page one eighty the writing became immediate The narrator became palpably vulnerable Breathtaking My client could now look back at the narrator's endless discourse and speculation the attempts to set up all the possibilities in a mystery novel that wasn't happening the banality and dreary internal banter your Honor you're sweating by the wayand he was able to see the inner experience of this woman's isolation fear and vulnerability It could just as effectively have been done according to my client within approximately one third the number of pages Easy for my client to say But here we are We have reached the great writing the suspense of the story unfolding experiencing the narrator's experiences first hand It is a revelation Almost worth the drudgery through the one hundred and eighty pages Then further along it slips back into its former style to the point where the unfolding was no longer pertinent to my client He was baited Exhausted All the interiority Marias out Mariased himself Simple as that then all he was left with was true beautific language but otherwise scarred and empty handed Unfair and may I say unnecessary Listen JimmyI mean your HonorSam over here can say whatever he wants but he ain't too well readIs that soYes your honor He missed the entire point if I got it right You know how some people read and they say they see than what's before them Right We deal in a different world We deal in the real world objects people witnessing concrete actions I spoke to a couple of professors at our college up here Man this guy writing this thing doesn't even trust I'm smart enough to come up with this on my own I've got to get it from some ProfessorsHe's right NedOh yeah Let's see what he does to youHolding up his partially robed arm once looking at the static numbered clock the judge said we've got seven minutes gentlemen before recess is overThe book by the end that my esteemed colleague and his beleaguered client missed is thatgive me a second and let me check my notesis a wonderfully successful text about fictionstorytelling itself Everything is a fictitious story putting everything said and done in doubt You know that long explanation of Diaz Valera's to Maria Who knows what to believe of that As the writer so skillfully shows and get it Sam you too Diaz Valera has all the power telling it It isn't so simple He'll tell what he remembers how he remembers it what is left in and out how it benefits him in remembering himself which may be custom manufactured by shards of these memories It is his the storyteller's reality Then Maria will do with it what she needs to do and that will be her reality which may be passed on to others Remember all of this will effect and network others But what he is saying and the book is about is that everything is in doubt Everything in the book everything we have said here is in doubt We make believe that it isn'tIf you don't mind and let me say this slowly so we all understand we will make believe for the next couple of minutes that we have no doubts Everything before us is real concrete and identifiable The case you are going to present Ned is; the author was doing his job from the beginning and the defendant's complaints shows he was doing his job only too well the courageous attempt at having the reader experience a woman's isolation fear vulnerability and that the essence of the book the very way the book was written and would be read is that everything is a story all stories are manufactured by the teller and let's see according to their needs and thus everything including what the reader just read or is reading is in doubt Did I get that all Ned Please feel free to nod your head yesJust one thing your HonorThe judge rose stoppered the bottle of scotch Placing it back in the drawer of the wood file cabinet he locked it Returning he sat pleating his robe in place then stretching his arms Thirty seconds NedHe read Virginia Woolf's The Waves before this One of the professor's says here in my notesthat it is a book that when read will reconfigure the person in their relationship with their world and with themselves There is no way that he could then read The Infatuations and remain unchanged and be able to objectify the experience of this textWas that last part yours NedIts in my notesHe didn't write it your honorUh It doesn't make any difference And your's Sam is that the book was unreadable at the beginning Then the writer baited you with false hope and dropped you again Although you have no physical injury you are claiming an emotional injury of significant disappointment You claim that all aside your clients review will be read by a small group of on line readers who are kind intelligent and generally overlook any gaffes or overstatements your client generally makes There will be no ripple effect in theworld whether he gives this book a rating oflet's seethree or four starsYes your HonorThis will be our compromise that we have settled on that will be agreed upon and announced out there by yours truly You Ned Mr Prosecuting Attorney will drop all charges if the defendant reviews this book with a three and a half star rating You okay with that SamUm I believe there is no three and a half stars I've seen this sight No halves Decimals and fractions are out It is precisely either a three or four I propose a threeYour HonorYesNed Is there something you wan to sayAnything below a four and the defendant will have to cop to at least a lesser degree of defamation of characterNednext time I'll give you the good scotchNo sirSirSirThen SamWhy not My guy probably missed some things anyway A four it isThen gentlemen I am glad to announce we are done with ten seconds to spareYour honorYesNedCan we just get up and leave I mean will the guy writing the review let usWell Ned let's stand up open the door and see