Thursday, August 13, 2009

Review: Book of Clouds

Sometimes you end up reading a book you're not in the mood for. Like Mexican dinner when you're craving Thai, it's just not satisfying, even when it's delicious.

That's how I felt about Book of Clouds by Chloe Aridjis. Though the pacing is a bit slow, it matches the tone perfectly. I read it, dying for something to happen. Anything. In the last chapters, something does happen. I won't tell you what, but I was past caring.

Tatiana, a Mexican expat living in unified Berlin, takes a job typing a noted German historian's dictaphone tapes. Obsessed with Berlin's separate histories during its division, the historian teaches Tatiana about the both halves of the city as she transcribes his notes. Frustrated and intrigued by how little she knows of Berlin's dual identity, Tatiana endeavors to connect to her adopted city and her employer.

10 words or Less
Tatiana wanders unified Berlin, imagining life with the wall.

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