At Night We Walk in Circles

At Night We Walk in Circles

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"A novel set in an unnamed South American country"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) , 2013
ISBN: 9781594631719
Branch Call Number: ALARCON
Characteristics: 374 pages ; 22 cm


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This was our One Book One Marin Book last year in Marin County, California. We were so lucky to have Daniel fly out for the initial and closing events. He is an amazing writer -- someone somewhere mentioned that his sentences are epigrammatic -- I agree! It's a beautiful novel! For more resources:

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 04, 2016

While it lacks proper perspective and character development, At Night We Walk In Circles is a good novel. The story is fresh. The language is crisp. At no point during the story did I find myself losing interest.

Apr 09, 2016

Reminded me somewhat of Roberto Bolano's "The Savage Detectives."

Mar 20, 2014

I thought of returning the book a few times before finishing, but there was just enough intrigue to keep me going. I am glad I did. I am also glad I didn't cheat and skip to the end.

Dec 04, 2013

I don't like comparing writers to other writers, but I can't help it here. The things I love best about At Night We Walk In Circles are the same things I love about Roberto Bolaño — both walk the tightrope between bleak absurdity and heartfelt beauty, for an overall tragicomic effect. But where Bolaño is messy and sweeping, Alarcón is accessible and entertaining. This compact, well-paced little novel about a guerrilla theater troupe traipsing from village to village in an unnamed Latin American country has it all: prison, patricide, broken marriages, earnest teenagers, mistaken paternity, all-wrong love, a play-within-a-play, and hijinks galore. It's a quick and comic read with enough heft to hold up to multiple rereadings; a shiny little jewel that rises to the top of my pile for the year.


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Jun 14, 2014

Heartbreak is like shattered glass: while it's impossible that two pieces could splinter in precisely the same pattern, in he end, it doesn't matter, because the effect is identical.


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