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En la boca del lobo es una novela sobre la guerra y la mafia la inocencia y la corrupción y la historia como acumulación de lo irremediable Ambientada principalmente en Sicilia durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial relata el intento de reconstrucción de un país después de una violenta contienda a través de la mirada de varios personajes Will Walker oficial inglés de Seguridad sobre el Terreno lleva a cabo una tentativa de dominio del gran juego de la inteligencia y la intervención militares Ray Marfione soldado de infantería italoamericano experimenta el devastador trauma psicológico de la batalla hasta que poco a poco desde su escondite y con la ayuda de una princesa siciliana emprende el largo camino de retorno a la vida Cirò Albanese es un mafioso que ha disfrutado de un prolongado y fructífero exilio en Nueva York durante los años del fascismo italiano Regresa para recuperar su vida anterior incluida la esposa que desde hace mucho lo da por muerto Junto a algunos amigos liberados de prisión y con la ayuda inconsciente de los aliados trabaja por el restablecimiento del control de la mafia en Sicilia Escrita en capítulos cortos de una intensidad lírica extraordinaria En la boca del lobo confronta los pequeños detalles brillantes de la experiencia individual con unas fuerzas históricas de contundente enormidad Es testigo de los esfuerzos de los personajes por encontrar algún significado en todo ello por contarse a sí mismos historias que tengan sentido Los numerosos relatos se entrelazan y se separan a lo largo de una novela que registra con toda la brutalidad posible los acontecimientos de dichas vidas sin juzgar su significado o su valor


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  1. says:

    You could say no one is boring if you truly get to know them But what happens if an author doesn’t really get to know his characters? This novel taught me just how dependent a novel is on its characters It doesn’t matter how well you can write or even how potentially compelling your story is – if your characters are pasteboard creations without an imaginatively powered inner life they simply won’t animate any circumstance they are led into Early on I thought this was going to be a great read It begins with a Mafioso setpiece a Sicilian shepherd is told some of his landlord’s sheep will be stolen that night at the behest of his landlord The writing is gorgeous Foulds is brilliant at sentence writing Misgivings began when the second and especially the third characters were introduced Will is an English soldier a stickler for propriety the kind of man who gets incensed if people don’t form an orderly queue Ray is an even nondescript American infantryman Soon you begin to suspect Foulds himself wasn’t very inspired by this pair and even the prose began to lose its heightened poetical qualities Especially dull was the American Ray I never believed he was American he was like Mr Nobody from Nowhere He has no background no pulse no inner demons or angels by which to recognise him He wants to make films but rather in the way children would like to fly When he’s stationed in Africa I didn’t believe he was in Africa nor did I understand why the novel was in Africa You have to create a self in order to show it being punctured by the horrors of the war and I’m afraid Ray never had a self for me When we return to Italy the mafia in the form of a character called Albanese hijacks the novel Ray meets a movie princess but of course doesn’t get her Will is now a Field Security Officer but will be helpless to hold back the tide of corruption of the old order Foulds suggests the mafia is deeply rooted and enduring in Sicily than any political system And that’s about it Shame because Foulds has the sensibility of a poet and at his best writes thrilling searing sentences I think maybe he chose the wrong material here