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“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”

Carpenter's Pencil

Carpenter's Pencil - Manuel Rivas, Jonathan Dunne I picked up this book on the recommendation at the end of my edition of The Shadow of the Wind expecting to be enthralled in a story set in the Spanish Civil War. I was severely disappointed.

Perhaps it is the translation that is at fault, though I struggle to believe that is the main reason I didn't enjoy the novel. About a Doctor imprisoned by the Nationalists for his Republican sympathies the book never really gets going, it is never able to capture the reader and drag him into a world that he has created in his prose.

Despite its short length, it took me a long time to finish because I would not be wanting to continue with it to see what happens, an occurrence which is quite rare for me.

I do wonder if the essence of the book has been lost in translation, but given my inability to read Galician, I can only rate my experience with the English translation of this novel.