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An Intelligent Novel with Adventure, Imperialism, and a Writer's Predicament
In an ongoing attempt to read more translated contemporary fiction, I picked this book up from my local independent book store based on its "Staff Pick" description. This novel is one of the reasons I trust staff picks. Perhaps unsurprisingly, based on the title, description, and use of narrative frame, its beginning is reminiscent of Conrad's "Heart of Darkness." Its plot also harkens the tales of Rider Haggard - think "She" rather than his more canonical "King Solomon's Mines." In the meantime, "Pandora in the Congo" has an interesting depiction of publishing that may or may not by a muted commentary on authorial ethics. Not many books surprise me, but I would like to shake Albert Sanchez Pinol's hand (along with the translater's - Mara Faye Lethem) and thank him for providing me with such an unexpected work.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 25, 2010
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