Det Brænder på Ramblaen i Barcelona
Author: Daniel Sánches Pardos
Published in Spanish: 2015
Dansk titel: G – Det Brænder på Ramblaen i Barcelona
Dansk Udgivelsesår: 2015
Finished Reading: September 2019
Genre: Historical & Historical Fiction
This is my personal review without spoilers of the actual plot.
Stemningsfuld og spændende roman, der tager læseren rundt i Barcelona, til fods og i hestevogn, blandt høj og lav, fra byens paladser til skumle natklubber.
Oktober 1874. Den unge Gabriel Camarasa er lige vendt tilbage til Barcelona med sin familie efter at have tilbragt et par år i eksil i London. Gabriel skal læse på arkitektskolen i Barcelona og allerede den første dag møder han under dramatiske omstændigheder Antoni Gaudí, der allerede går på skolen.
Gabriel tiltrækkes af den mystiske Gaudi, der gør sig bemærket med sin viden og sine ideer på arkitektskolen, men som også har kontakter til byens underverden. De to indleder et venskab, og da Gabriels far bliver fængslet for brandstiftelse og mord, må Gabriel trække på både Antoni Gaudís skarpe vid og skumle forbindelser for at få opklaret, hvem der i virkeligheden står bag.
This book was one hell of a rollercoaster ride. At first, I was captured by the way the author wrote. However, as I progressed, the writing style seemed to annoy me more and more. The book was interesting, and at times, you really wanted to know something about someone or something, Yeah I know, cryptic. Not going to spoil anything! Then, I had to read like ten pages of information about a room, a church or a “buzz” and that time spend, waiting for the information you wanted, instead ends up being an annoyance rather than an enjoyment.
I must that I didn’t expect the book to end the way it did nor did I fancy the ending. I had a sense that the relationship between the two main characters; Gabriel and Gaudi was going to develop into something romantic, and I feel it’s between the lines, however, nothing is ever acted upon, which was a shame to be honest. The book really lacked some sort of emotional development. It cold and distant and the friendship seems forced. It lacked heart. It was too shallow and narrator-ish. We didn’t really get a personal insight in our characters; they almost seemed devoid of emotions. Especially Gaudi.
The plot moves at a very slow pace and I wanted to skip many times, even thought about quitting it altogether but I had hopes, that the book would change, but it never really did. So if you like books where you feel like you get to know the characters on a personal level, this book certainly isn’t for you. However, if you like books that focuses more on painted a picture, guiding the reader through the streets of London, Barcelona or whatnot, this book will probably become one of the best reads of your life. I’ve walked La Rambla many times, and I must say the book certainly does it justice.
By the way, the book is not available in English at this time. Spanish or Danish currently available.