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Posted February 2, 2015
Findesferas is an ambitious debut. It's set in a nearly fuel-less future Paraguay, where a war rages on, much in the hands of a possibly insane marshal, (and a war that we can probably all see isn't necessarily too much of a fictitious prediction) and yet the war and the state of the world that caused it means the Paraguay we find is much more the one of early times, with simple life in settlements and thoughts of family and survival. And so it is, that we soon find the war is just a backdrop to the story of the twins Matias and Juan; this is their story, and it's one that could be put to most any backdrop. But it's in Octavia's world where we find a story even older, as she's visited by the Guarani spirit the Pombero, and mortal deals are made on the edge of the ethereal. Then, alongside that, put in plenty of factual references from Guarani culture and language, to the properties of quicksand, to Einstein's Theory of Relativity, and insert a few chapters of being on the spaceship The Findesferas, leaving the war in Paraguay behind, as mankind reaches to the stars, and you have a great story from one era to another, encapsulating the timelessness of humanity.
It took me a little while to fully feel like I was in this book, but then the different facets of this tale clicked together, and by the time of approaching the end, and seeing where that was going, it somehow wrapped up the rest of the story in perfect poignancy.
An ambitious book very nearly pulled off. In my opinion, some tightening was needed, some more drastic editing and a slight sprucing up of structure, but the one thing that made this such an enjoyable read was simply the author's descriptive prose. He has a wonderful way of describing things, from action scenes to mundane objects. There's a poetic beauty to Robertson's writing. It felt like I wouldn't have cared whether I was reading about a dystopian South America or a story about a lost shoe, because the author would be capable of finding the exact right words to use in each case.