Thursday, February 02, 2006

A Heart So White * Javier Marias

"My hands are of your colour; but I shame/To wear a heart so white"—Lady Macbeth
A Heart So White is a breathtaking novel about family secrets which chronicles with unnerving insistence the relentless power of the past. Juan knows little of the interior life of his father Ranz; but when Juan marries, he begins to consider the past anew, and begins to ponder what he doesn't really want to know. Secrecy—its possible convenience, its price, and even its civility—hovers throughout the novel. A Heart So White becomes a sort of anti-detective story of human nature. Intrigue; the sins of the father; the fraudulent and the genuine; marriage and strange repetitions of violence: Marías elegantly sends shafts of inquisitory light into shadows— and on to the costs of ambivalence.
Javier Marias writes with a style wholly his own, a liquid use of words that create not only rich images, but experiences in time travel, in plumbing the soul of relationships, of the importance of our individual pasts, of the myriad ways a single instant of time can be metamorphosed by a variety of observors. He is able to write a theme and variations, a prelude and fugue, a sentence so musical that its incredible length serves only to endear us to his luminous mind.


Anonymous said...

Brilliant novel.I began to read and in one week i finished.Splendorous

joe simonds said...

the is much like a symphony. Recurrent passages verbatim and quite a climax in the end. A slog at first
but by a third of the way through there is no turning back

joe simomds

Anonymous said...

It's actually a nice and helpful piece of information. I am glad that you just shared this useful information with us. Please keep us informed like this. Thanks for sharing.

Have a look at my site ... deer hunting games online
my web site :: all girl games

Anonymous said...

Its like you read my mind! You seem to know so much about this, like you wrote the book in it or something.
I think that you could do with a few pics to drive the message home a
bit, but instead of that, this is fantastic blog. A great read.

I'll certainly be back.

My page ... Arabic Books

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure why but this website is loading extremely slow for me. Is anyone else having this problem or is it a issue on my end? I'll
check back later on and see if the problem still exists.

Also visit my blog; webcam sex

Anonymous said...

fantastic publish, very informative. I wonder why the other experts of this sector do not realize this.
You must continue your writing. I am confident, you have a huge
readers' base already!

my web page ... party hardcore videos

Anonymous said...

It's actually very complicated in this active life to listen news on Television, therefore I only use the web for that reason, and obtain the hottest information.

Also visit my page xxx porn