"A fluid and genuinely interesting story badly weighed down by leaden prose ('If I prove my hypothesis I will be as clever as any necromancer, for all the dark women of history have lost their tongues') and a thoroughly hackneyed view of Latin American history."
Another ponderous and trendy novel from Murray (What It Takes to Get to Vegas
, 1999, etc.), this one about a museum curator's search for the identity of a 16th-century memoirist.
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