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Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. A novel about the political chaos in Spain in leading up to the Spanish Civil War. An Englishman who is an art professor is hired to go to Spain to evaluate some paintings. The story turns into a kind of spy thriller as the Englishman is followed by agents of the Spanish government and the British consulate A novel about the political chaos in Spain in leading up to the Spanish Civil War.
The story turns into a kind of spy thriller as the Englishman is followed by agents of the Spanish government and the British consulate as well as Russian spies. And just like James Bond, when dead bodies start turning up in the streets, live bodies of three women turn up in his bed. The fictious art story serves as a foil for writing about real people who were involved in the chaotic events. One of the women he gets involved with is really the lover of the leader of the Spanish communist party.
One of the valuable paintings may be a missing painting by Velazquez, so we get a lot of information and analysis of paintings by Velazquez and Titian and even biographical info about Velazquez.
Along the way we read about a comparison of Spanish and British customs and culture and even how their paintings differ. We see the immense complexity of the politics and violence leading up to the Civil War. With hindsight, while one might say that the fascist Spanish Falange party supported the military takeover, in reality the two groups never trusted each other. When murders of priests, arson of churches and other violence occurred was it the anarchists doing it or was it really done by the fascists it in hopes that the radicals would be blamed and their leaders jailed?
The socialists and communists fought among themselves. Then there were the Carlists, the monarchists who wanted to restore royalty. No wonder chaos ensued. There is some good writing. This is a country of poor people. A bit slow in places but all in all a good read.
Photo of Civil War in Madrid from panmacmillian. View all 8 comments. This was one of those novels that I really wanted to like and that I should have enjoyed tremendously, yet, I struggled with it. I love Madrid and I am terribly fond of museums, have spent quite a few hours in the Prado museum and am familiar with Diego Velasquez's works. All these elements were present and had centre stage in this novel. I should have been very fond of our main hero, E This was one of those novels that I really wanted to like and that I should have enjoyed tremendously, yet, I struggled with it.
I should have been very fond of our main hero, Englishman Anthony Whitefields, a thirty-something art historian, specialised in Spanish paintings. He has a great fondness of Spain, especially of Madrid and is absolutely obsessed with Velasquez's paintings.
He finds himself inadvertently immersed in the pre-revolutionary Spain, where he encounters different echelons of the Spanish society, from old money noblemen to new fascists and dirt poor women, who have to prostitute themselves for survival. Through all these adventures, Anthony Whitefields is a hapless observer, whose main and only focus is to bring to England a newly discovered Velasquez painting. This novel is a comedy of errors and absurd of sorts, at times satirical and where there's an intense sense of adventure and history happening.
Many aspects of the novel didn't quite gel well and felt contrived. I love art, painting and history, but Whitefields' incessant monologs on Velasquez's paintings and his life were so long, so tedious, even I got bored and skipped over them at times. Many secondary characters burst into long speeches with lots of unrelated anecdotes, which, after a while, became tedious.
I don't know if it was the translation that failed it, I thought the writing and the tone felt old-fashioned, but not in a good way. It's not even very literary, in the wordy, sophisticated, complex writing kind of way, at least I would I would have admired that. There were no quotable paragraphs, no "wow, this is some good writing" moments. Quite incredible, because while this is not terrible, and some aspects are interesting and well researched, it's no literary classic, nor is an easy, funny, quirky read.
I've received this novel via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. View all 5 comments. Set in Madrid in , just before the Spanish Civil War, the story follows the exploits of young art expert Anthony, who having travelled to Spain to appraise an art collection finds himself increasingly caught up in the intrigues of various factions vying for power.
This was an excellent read, which perfectly captures the atmosphere of violence and fear in Spain at that time, as it spiralled towards war. There are also some fascinating facts about art and history, which gives this book extra dep Set in Madrid in , just before the Spanish Civil War, the story follows the exploits of young art expert Anthony, who having travelled to Spain to appraise an art collection finds himself increasingly caught up in the intrigues of various factions vying for power.
There are also some fascinating facts about art and history, which gives this book extra depth, and, as Anthony A joy of a book.
What a masterful writer who conveys the complex politics in a comedy of manners. Aristocrats, spies and Velasquez makes quite a cocktail with the sex thrown in. But under the clever comedy you learn about the run up to the war with a view from the Nationalist side that we seldom get outside Spain.
You'll learn art, politics - even what Spain thinks of the British - and all in language that leaps off the page. I read it in a day. Seldom get books like this anymore. Nov 11, Liz rated it it was ok Shelves: spanish , eafit-book-club , historical-fiction , spain. Another book that starts out really strong then totally falls apart into a total mess by the end.
The setting and the historical characters Franco even makes an appearance! The main character is also incredibly passive -- the whole book is basically different characters com Another book that starts out really strong then totally falls apart into a total mess by the end.
The main character is also incredibly passive -- the whole book is basically different characters coming up to him and informing him of the latest developments. Two-thirds in, this gets really tiresome and implausible. Bottom line: good airplane book, but there have got to be better books out there about the Spanish Civil War. Excellent read!
Good suspense revolving around the beginning of Spanish civil war! This was an interesting read. Actually, he is supposed to assess a picture that is with an aristocratic family, but he gets caught in the turmoil of the Spanish Civil War. He is spied on by the Spanish police and also monitored by the English embassy.
He is used by various political groups, although he is politically neutral and is not interested in it at all. He gets involved in love affairs This was an interesting read. He gets involved in love affairs, which must not be.
Like the cat, he must have seven lives because there are always dead people around him, only he is spared. I happen to speak Spanish, and I was able to correct mentally some of the poorly translated parts. Many of the colloquial--I believe meant to be funny and show the charming Spanish culture--language and folklore translated awkwardly, distracting the reader. The first part of the book was a bit too slow for my liking. I believe some of the passages about Velasquez and art could have been shorter.
It dragged and It dragged and dragged for pages to where I almost wanted to quit. I disliked the stupid Anthony Whitelands throughout the whole book.
What a stupid and annoying character! However, in the second part of the book things pick up, and it became quite interesting. The story takes place in 's Spain.
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