REVIEW: In Spite of the Dark Silence – Volpi

This book review would make anyone want to read this book, maybe to find out if they agree with the reviewer, maybe to try to understand what happens when human beings fail to achieve (recieve?) recognition for their accomplishments. For some authors and poets, it would never make a difference, for others, it could be harmful. Either way, the review by Rosalind Minett is exquisite, masterfully written. It is a pleasure to read this review, and I will stop by to read more book reviews here in the future.

The characterful writer

We don’t see enough of Latin American writers in the UK. I am glad to review this literary novel by Jorge Volpi (Mexico) published for Columbia University by Swan Isle Press.

Dark Silence

When you know a novel has suicide as a central focus, you wait to find the right – the strongest – frame of mind before reading it. This was true of me, and so it is some months since I received this impressive work for independent review from Swan Isle Press. Fresh from reading the captivating ‘To the Beautiful North’ with its irrepressible characters (by Luis Alberto Urrea, another Mexican), I took up this well-presented volume with its haunting, probably haunted, portrait on its dust cover.

It is a hard read: hard in the sense that it is intellectually challenging; hard emotionally; hard in tone and use of language as opposed to soft and fluid; hard in…

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Thomas Baker is the Past-President of TESOL Chile (2010-2011). He enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics. The source and inspiration for his writing comes from his family.
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