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La pista de hielo (Spanish Edition) (edition 2009)

by Roberto Bolano

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Title:La pista de hielo (Spanish Edition)
Authors:Roberto Bolano
Info:Anagrama (2009), Paperback, 208 pages
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The Skating Rink by Roberto Bolaño



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A book that works better than it ought to, following three characters towards a tragic finale. ( )
  soylentgreen23 | Jul 3, 2016 |
Still trying to figure out whether I liked this book. Very interesting narrative. Three men. Short first person chapters around the central place where a murder happens--the Skating Rink. Listened, the voices with three different men. Central pivot is the skater for whom the Skating Rink is built. But many other stories revolve. And in the end, though there is a murder, there isn't really a mystery or a resolution. I suspect I may listent again--or read. Intriguing to make sense of this very interesting book. ( )
  idiotgirl | Dec 25, 2015 |
Three men's voices alternative in telling what might or might not be a single story, possibly about but certainly including a crime, and certainly illuminating the lives of a group of largely unfocused young people trying to make lives for themselves in the resort town of Z, not far from Barcelona. The Skating Rink will not disappoint Bolaño fans who value his first-person narratives from characters with poetic expression and surprisingly observed detail.

The three voices narrating The Skating Rink are perhaps less distinct than they might be, although their fairly similar age might partly account for them sounding a bit alike. Several women, young and older, are deftly and attractively portrayed, and, we feel, have the best part of Bolaño's attention.

The air of illusion, even magic, tends to disarm the reader in the best way, as the story unfolds of the abandoned mansion in which a dream of a most prosaic of the narrators is conceived and born. That the dream has a short life within the confines of the novel doesn't detract from its luminous appeal, and the open ending admits possibilities of continued transformation.

Chris Andrews has again provided a virtually invisible translation, so clearly in what we English-language readers of Bolaño recognize as his characteristic fiction voice that its accuracy seems supported by its beautiful measured cadences.

  V.V.Harding | Apr 21, 2015 |
An interesting, enjoyable book. Although the review said it has a lot in common with a police procedural that was the least interesting aspect. The kaleidoscope narrative from the perspective of three different narrators -- many of whom don't like each other -- centers around a a beautiful ice skater, a rink a bureaucrat diverts money to build, an aging opera singer, and her young friend. Unique, looking forward to reading more by Bolano. ( )
  nosajeel | Jun 21, 2014 |
Bolaño é incrivelmente criativo, e começa esse livro com o que parece ser o interrogatório de três personagens, mas não sabemos nem mesmo que crime foi cometido. ( )
  JuliaBoechat | Mar 29, 2013 |
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When figure skater Nuria Marti is dropped from the Olympic team, a civil servant secretly uses public funds to build her a skating rink in the ruins of a seaside mansion, but Nuria has affairs and soon the rink becomes a crime scene.

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