Es inevitable recordar a Eduardo Mendoza durante la lectura y en gran parte la historia es un homenaje a este autor. La capacidad de Alba Carballal para hacer lo que le da la gana con el lenguaje es asombrosa.
Entre tantos libros vacíos ensalzados por el marketing hasta parecer necesarios, el debut de Carballal es un rayo de luz. Descubrir la escasa cantidad de seguidores que tiene la autora en Twitter me pareció una garantía, si soy raro, de que aquí había calidad.
Una sátira inteligente, de lectura fácil y muy divertida que nos recuerda la esencia de una España… Personaje estrambótico -cuarentón desempleado que vive con su madre- recibe de Natalia Mendoza -otrora Eduardo, pues nació hombre- un encargo para que investigue el testamento de su padre -un tipo mujeriego habitual del papel cuché. El personaje (que responde el nombre de Federico) inicia sus pesquisas en un ambiente que recuerda las novelas más “detectivescas” de Eduardo Mendoza, con la casualidad, el humor y las situaciones estrambóticas como telón de fondo.
Si alguien en España temía por el legado del escritor catalán que no desespere: Alba Carballal parece una digna sucesora para recoger el testigo de ese humor surrealista y absurdo.
This first novel the author takes us to a very close reality, since it places us in Madrid today. In this scenario we find a panorama that we can easily recognize and that is presented to us in a manner very similar to what we know, so that you can get more into the story because they are easy environments to recognize or imagine. This supposes, in my opinion, a great advantage for the readers and that is appreciated. Few national authors dare to take the step of using their city or a national city as a framework for their history, although more and more stories abound that come out of typical scenarios.
And it is a pity that they do not dare to take this step. No need to go far to tell good stories, as authors have shown as Dolores Redondo with the Valley of Batzan. A fun novel, simple to read and with which you can have a good time. Already since the synopsis I called a lot of attention, and despite not being what I expected it has turned out to be a pleasant reading, as well as very interesting. It may be a book that will not be liked by all audiences, but it is worth giving it a chance and reading it. In this way you can know a different style
In the case of Three Ways to Induce a Comma Alba Carballal presents from the humor the main protagonist, Federico. A character that, although it does not help to empathize to a large extent, makes reading enjoyable. Carballal tells us the story of everything from the perspective of Federico, arriving in some moments to ‘break’ the distance with the reader, which creates a closeness to the story that I liked a lot. Another character to highlight is Natalia, who, despite telling Federico a few times and in a different way, is very relevant in the story, and I loved her personality.
It is inevitable to remember Eduardo Mendoza during the reading and to a large extent the story is a tribute to this author. The ability of Alba Carballal to do what she wants with language is amazing.
Among so many empty books extolled by marketing until they seem necessary, Carballal’s debut is a ray of light. Discovering the small amount of followers that the author has on Twitter seemed like a guarantee, if I’m weird, that there was quality here.
An intelligent satire, easy to read and very funny that reminds us of the essence of a Spain … Strange character – an unemployed man who lives with his mother – receives Natalia Mendoza – another Eduardo, since he was born a man – an assignment to investigate the testament of his father – a usual womanizer type of coated paper. The character (who answers the name of Federico) begins his research in an environment that recalls the most “detective” novels of Eduardo Mendoza, with chance, humor and bizarre situations as a backdrop.
If someone in Spain feared for the legacy of the catalonian writer not to despair: Alba Carballal seems a worthy successor to pick up the witness of that surreal and absurd humor.