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He seeks revenge against the rich woman. An entertaining, worthwhile read. This is my first encounter with Marias' work, and I'm suitably impressed. His short stories have a quality that I always look for but rarely find: they feel like fables or fairy tales set in modern times.
In this collection of stories, Marias takes us on a tour of memory, history, personal identity and the dreamlike nature of reality. He does this using the imagery of the long dead ghost of a rebel, an unexpected twin and many other almost-magical devices. I really didn't like the titular story This is my first encounter with Marias' work, and I'm suitably impressed.
I really didn't like the titular story though. Mar 02, Sheila marked it as to-read. His narrators are usually male and experiencing some kind of identity crisis. I came to this author looking for works translated by Margaret Jull Costa whose translations always seem to read smoothly to me. While the Women are Sleeping In the title story, a man films his beautiful young girlfriend every day on the beach, while she preens herself in a mirror; Gualta This story is available in English translation online What would you do if you met your double, not just in looks but in actions, disposition, character?
He experiences himself as object for the first time and hates himself. He begins to consciously change his appearance and behaviour to differentiate himself.
Finding his doppelganger has done the same, what ensues is a tit-for-tat series of changes. Where will it end? Who will give up? Isaac's Juorney What the Butler Said Jun 23, Joshunda Sanders rated it liked it. The writing is beautiful and haunting. This is a collection of his stories that had been previously published, though.
So, while it's not new writing, it was new to me, and I dug it. It was sort of dark, lots of death and ghosts. But it's been a long time since I read a good ghost story and there's a great one in this collection that I adored. Aug 12, Tom rated it really liked it. Creepy short story. Reminded me of The Comfort of Strangers in a way. Apr 29, Shankar rated it really liked it.
The author's dark side keeps showing up all through the stories in this volume. Not recommended as a first in his series but a wonderful set of curious events put together as stories as is the author's wont. May 16, MB Taylor rated it liked it. I finished reading While the Women Are Sleeping on the bus ride home tonight. Most of the rest are 10 pages or less. In both stories the narrator does most of the listening, the other person is the one with a story to tell. As his wife sleeps, he stands on the balcony of their hotel room waiting for sleep to find him.
Below he sees the man sitting alone at the pool, and goes down and strikes up a conversation. One he probably regrets. The story is unusual, but not for the most part remarkably so. The main character, Derek Lilburn, has recently moved to Spain to take a teaching position in, as he later learns, a school that houses a mysterious ghost. He must, of course, unravel the mystery.
All in all, a fun read. May 19, Matt rated it liked it.
I feel like I'd heard a lot about Marias, but when I got to the library, this was the only title that seemed familiar. It might be the wrong place to start with Marias, given that it's stories, and I think he's better known for his novels. It's not like I thought this was terrible-- these wry stories of doppelgangers, ghosts, and other magical realist elements felt a little too familiar to me, to be honest. I'd say he's closer to Borges than Marquez, the way he often passes something off as being I feel like I'd heard a lot about Marias, but when I got to the library, this was the only title that seemed familiar.
I'd say he's closer to Borges than Marquez, the way he often passes something off as being scholarship or a recovered text, the way he has a certain Anglophilia, two traits I don't associate with Marquez. The stories were good, kind of discursive in ways that made me think I knew Spanish, or at least contemporary Spanish lit better, to know if this was something distinct about him or merely part of a tradition I, in the lean world of MFA workshops, I'm uneasy adopting. I'll try Marias again, a novel next time.
Jan 05, Joseph rated it really liked it. Javier Marias is not primarily known as a writer of gothic fiction.
Marias is a noted Anglophile and he tends to avoid shock and horror in favour of an elegant and understated style of narration more typical of the English ghost story tradition. In this light, the title of the book assumes a metaphorical significance.
While vacationing with his wife, a writer (Hidetoshi Nishijima) begins following another man (Takeshi Kitano) and woman (Shiori Kutsuna) who are guests at the . While the Women Are Sleeping book. Read 71 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. A Dozen unforgettable stories by one of the most orig.
An interesting modern take on an established genre. Aug 12, Jafar rated it liked it. I was curious to see how a writer who can spend 50 pages on describing something that takes only five minutes does short stories.
Pretty good, I have to say, given how generally disappointed I get with short stories. My favorite was the story about a man who meets another man who looks just like him in every respect, and he despises him so much that he decides to change himself; and the other man is doing th I was curious to see how a writer who can spend 50 pages on describing something that takes only five minutes does short stories.
My favorite was the story about a man who meets another man who looks just like him in every respect, and he despises him so much that he decides to change himself; and the other man is doing the same too. There's a ghost story in the book that is the best ghost story that I've ever read — not that I've read many ghost stories.
Aug 08, Dave Holcomb rated it liked it. An excellent collection of short stories. This book was a pleasant surprise for me, as I made it only a few pages into the first volume of Javier Marias' "Your Face Tomorrow" trilogy before I bogged down in the word sentences and the Clarice Lispectoresque internal monologues. These short stories, on the other hand, are generally crisp and thoughtful, centering on universal themes of love, obsession, magic, and the blurring of the lines between the daylight world and the twilight of mind and An excellent collection of short stories.
These short stories, on the other hand, are generally crisp and thoughtful, centering on universal themes of love, obsession, magic, and the blurring of the lines between the daylight world and the twilight of mind and soul. There is a distinctly Latin feel to the works especially since most of the settings are in Spain but many of the stories could just as easily be set in New York or Boston or Washington DC.
Jul 06, Theresa rated it liked it. Interesting fact is that one of the stories was written when the author was only 14 years old. They have the same Gothic, dark and mysterious elements so prevalent in Zafon's works. Several deal with death, ghosts and and dark magic. Interesting, but not overly impressive. One of the author's more recent novels is on my to-read list. Jul 03, Dominic Stevenson rated it liked it. This collection of ten short stories ranges from the earliest works of Javier Marias to stories that are very modern in their outlook.