This week, my literary journey in the Around Europe in 14 Books challenge took me from France down the Iberian Peninsula, to Spain. Once again, I chose a Peirene book: Maria Barbal’s Stone in a Landslide.
Peirene’s books are promoted as less-than-200-page award-winning books that can be read in a two-hour sitting, the same time it takes to watch a DVD. They are indeed short works (novellas) but for me, it’s impossible to read a whole book in two hours as I’m a bit of a slow reader and I need multiple breaks. However, with this Spanish novella, I sat through all of it in one sitting of about four hours (including the breaks).
It was easy to do so, not only because it’s barely 120 pages long but because the main character and her story were totally captivating. Take a look at my review below to know how.
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