“Our body begins to destroy itself from the moment it is born. We are fragile. We’re creatures of passage. All that is left of us are our actions, the good or the evil we do to our fellow humans.”
I wrote this review ages ago, but was waiting until I had a physical copy to take photos of… but I’m lazy. So here it is.
What’s it about: Oscar is out for a walk one day when he stumbles across an abandoned house and accidentally steals a pocket watch. Racked with guilt, Oscar attempts to return the watch to the house only to find out that the house is not at all abandoned, but occupied by a young girl, Marina, and her sickly father German (I hope I’m spelling that right… I listened to the audiobook so I could be wrong). Marina and Oscar quickly become friends. Marina then tells Oscar of a cemetery where on the last Sunday of every month a veiled woman leaves a single red rose on a grave marked only by a black butterfly. They then seek out to uncover the mystery of the veiled woman, which takes them on a journey through post-war Barcelona and the tales of a number of rather mysterious characters.
“Patience is the mother of all virtues and the godmother of madness.”
What I thought: Marina is an example of a perfect book. There is not a single word in it that could be changed to improve it. The writing is just go bloody beautiful. This story could actually be about absolutely anything and it would still be engaging because of the writing and the characters. Part mystery, part historical fiction, and even part horror, this book is very difficult to place into any kind of box.
I adored the dark and macabre mystery in this story. It is the kind of book that if it was a film, it would be animated in the style of Coraline.
“Time does to the body what stupidity does to the soul”
I now want to read every single word ever written by Carlos Ruiz Zafon because this was just so beautifully written.
I rate it 5/5 stars.
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