Monday, 15 July 2013

GUERNICA – Dave Boling, 2009

I read this with some scepticism, expecting it, I’m not sure why, to be sensationalist.
I was wrong though. The characters are subtly portrayed but built up in layers with a realism which makes their fate (which, of course, we know in advance) still seem like a shock.
Historical fiction van be very hit-and-miss but this, like Robert Harris’ Pompeii, is a well-researched and beautifully told tale of a tragedy which we think we can not be touched by.
I particularly like (surprisingly) the inclusion of Picasso, as his search for a theme runs parallel with the main narrative.

The novel is nowhere near as powerful as the mural, but it moved me and I respect and applaud it for that.

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