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I have one doubt though. How do you understand the ending? I don't mean what's the book's message. I mean: what happened to Adrian at the end? Where did he go? Was his dementia all fake? Was he only pretending? If so, then why? Or mayby he was murdered by Bernat? Or he chose suicide? What do you think? David I know it sounds silly but I'd like to believe based on what the police officer says: look for him even in Tibidabo and the funfair that Bernat took …more I know it sounds silly but I'd like to believe based on what the police officer says: look for him even in Tibidabo and the funfair that Bernat took him to the funfair where his parents had never taken him.
Lygeri Spoiler See all 7 questions about Jo confesso…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Jo confesso. I have been reading it slowly, patiently, absorbing its magic, absorbing its art.
It's a book that I did not want it to end. This beauty here now belongs to my all time favorites and in the future it will belong to the classics, to the miracles. This book is an experience, this book is pages of utter beauty, it's a trip around the world following a violin, it's a trip from monasteries to auswitch and from hell to heaven and then back to hell. The absolute evil and the absolute love.
Adria, i love your story. Here and now are intertwined with there and then so the past and the present are described simultaneously and often even in the same sentence. The family secrets, secrets of history and secrets of the world are capriciously interconnected in the unexpected ways and gradually they become revealed. Why does your God allow it? Do you have an answer? What is human life? When does man take a wrong turn and becomes an instrument of evil? View all 5 comments. Jan 02, Auguste rated it it was amazing.
I'm almost afraid to read the rest of Cabre's books which, typically, I've already hoarded - thank God for small, manageable French editions in case they don't stand up to this masterpiece. I mean, give this guy a Nobel Prize already. View 1 comment.
I must be on a streak of mind-blowingly good novels recently. I can't even begin to describe what the book is about let alone how it is written. Imagine 4 characters, 2 languages, three different ways of narrating 1st person, 3rd person, memoirs all seamlessly presented on one page.
Dialogues intertwine with no clear identification who is speaking or which of many many stories they pertain to. Sounds complex and it definitely is. Multiple plotlines and drastic changes of scenery and characters w I must be on a streak of mind-blowingly good novels recently.
Multiple plotlines and drastic changes of scenery and characters with no visible breaks in the wall of text in theory should make this novel an incomprehensible artistic experiment but somehow the flow and the pacing guide you through those streams of thoughts. THe first half is very demanding and might be off-putting for many. I don't blame them but I've never seen such poetic craftsmanship as the one presented by Cabre. The second half is where it all comes together. Slowly, with no haste while at the same time dazzling the reader with another clever twists and stylistic surprises.
On top of that it's a genuinely moving and interesting story encompassing multiple generations. There's also one theme that becomes apparent at the very end that I personally hold dear and always find hard to read through because it affects me so profoundly.
If you're not afraid of jumping into the unknown - go for it. View 2 comments. Already after 1 page we read: "do not trust me too much", and that appears to be a valid warning. Due to this 'mumbo jumbo' the reader is constantly puzzling: regularly the episodes are many pages long, but sometimes they alternate within a single paragraph, and that makes the reading very hard. In short, not just a simple life story, but a novel of epic proportions … But, in my opinion, there are downsides to this approach.
So, when finishing the last page, only a very complicated story remains, like after having finished an ingenious detective story. View all 3 comments. This novel by famed Catalan author Jaume Cabre seems, on the outset, to be rather pedestrian. However, the novel is much more than the simple account of one life.
And how this why can be asked in every period of humanity. And also how it is impossible to separate it from the inexplicable presence of evil. Aside from the very captivating story, the characters in the story particularly best friends Bernat and Adria are beautifully fleshed out and voiced. This is a challenging read - it plays with your mind, with its sudden veering into another story, another point in time, another character - and yet it remains coherent and fun.
No small feat! It's been a while since I've read a book that made me cry. This great epic made me cry. Absolutely recommended. It's a colossal book, in its volume and amount of characters and the themes that it's trying to tackle, like the nature of evil and weight of evil-doings throughout generations. If you're a minimalist in your philosophy of life, you may find it hard to grasp Adrian's attraction to things and the stories they contain within themselves, but being the hoarder of mementos myself, I could connect with him on that level.
The fact that the book revolves around the story of Storioni's violin, reminded m It's a colossal book, in its volume and amount of characters and the themes that it's trying to tackle, like the nature of evil and weight of evil-doings throughout generations. The fact that the book revolves around the story of Storioni's violin, reminded me of Tartt's "The Goldfinch" , it's interesting to read a book and feel the energy coming from the violin or a painting, seeping through the pages and evoking that attachment in you.
I liked author's use of literary techniques, like those abrupt changes of plot or narrative points, but at times it felt like he could have edited some parts of the additional plot out because it didn't feel like it added much to the narrative. Also I really got lost among monasteries and monks, who became who in which place and point in time.
And I really didn't expect Bernatus to make that decision at the end of the book, that was so low of him But apparently he had his own roots of evil and they took over him. Anyway, this book managed to touch upon many a person's fears and desires and it was a time well spent reading those pages.
He graduated in Catalan Philology from the University of Barcelona , is a high-school teacher on leave of absence, professor at the University of Lleida , and a member of the Philological Section of the Institut d'Estudis Catalans. During many years he has combined literary writing with teaching. He has also worked in television and cinematographic scriptwriting. He started with two collections of short stories: Faules de mal desar and Toquen a morts