The End of Love

The End of Love

Book - 2013
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In this quartet of mesmerizing stories, Marcos Giralt Torrente explores the confounding, double-edged promise of love. Each finds a man carefully churning over his past, trying to fathom how the distance between people can become suddenly unbridgeable.

Two tourists visit a remote island off the coast of Africa and are undone by a disconcerting encounter with another couple. A young man, enchanted by his bohemian cousin and her husband, watches them fall into a state of resentful dependence over the course of decades. A chaste but all-consuming love affair between a troubled boy and a wealthy but equally troubled girl leaves a scar that never heals. The son of divorced parents tries in vain to reunite them before realizing why he is wrong to do so. In The End of Love , Giralt Torrente forges discomfiting and gripping dramas from the small but consequential misunderstandings that shape our lives.
Published: San Francisco : McSweeney's, 2013.
ISBN: 9781938073564
1938073568
Branch Call Number: F GIR
Characteristics: 163 pages ;,20 cm
Additional Contributors: Silver, Katherine - Translator

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Sep 30, 2014

I really wanted to like The End of Love. It has a great premise: four stories tackling love in all its different forms and points of view. We have a young, married couple, young, adolescent love, parental love, and the love between friends or platonic love. That is an ambitious set to explore in a short story collection. But the book never quite comes together, and the collection left me cold and numb at the end. The tragic, bittersweet tone that weaves throughout the four stories falls flat and is tiresome. I think perhaps it might be a problem with the translation; the language feels wooden and contrived. A disappointment from McSweeneys, which publishes great fiction.

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