By Cesar Aira
The central story and fiction in this are fantastic. Aira flits between short scenes, pushing the reader through the race- a short sprint of a little over 100 pages. The story certainly has a foot in realism and a forgotten leg in fantasy. Aira’s language is beautiful, especially in the scenes where the wind, Sir Ventarron, and the seamstress, Delia, interact. It reads like a long adult fairy tale, with interesting twists and turns, and sudden surprises. There’s also a few themes that echo throughout the book, like travel and no-where. The ending was a shade disappointing as Aira ends this crazy world and situation he’s created, rather quickly and quietly.
I could have done without the brief metafiction in the beginning and end, both ran as rather dull and took away from the book’s overall feel.
Nibble: “To think I had to eat what a thieving wind brought me!”
I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a fantastic journey with lots of shallowly interesting characters.
My rating: 7 out of 10 red delicious apples