Thus Bad Begins

Thus Bad Begins

A Novel

eBook - 2016
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**Named a Best Book of the Year by the Boston Globe and Los Angeles Times **

From the internationally acclaimed author of The Infatuations comes the mesmerizing story of a couple living in the shadow of a mysterious, unhappy history--a novel about the cruel, tender punishments we exact on those we love.

Madrid, 1980. Juan de Vere, nearly finished with his university degree, takes a job as personal assistant to Eduardo Muriel, an eccentric, once-successful film director. Urbane, discreet, irreproachable, Muriel is an irresistible idol to the young man. But Muriel's voluptuous wife, Beatriz, inhabits their home like an unwanted ghost; and on the periphery of their lives is Dr. Jorge Van Vechten, a family friend implicated in unsavory rumors that Muriel now asks Juan to investigate. As Juan draws closer to the truth, he uncovers only more questions. What is at the root of Muriel's hostility toward his wife? How did Beatriz meet Van Vechten? What happened during the war? Mar#65533;as leads us deep into the intrigues of these characters, through a daring exploration of rancor, suspicion, loyalty, trust, and the infinitely permeable boundaries between the deceptions perpetrated on us by others and those we inflict upon ourselves.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2016.
Edition: First American edition.
ISBN: 9781101946091
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Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Candaceb108
Nov 24, 2016

Had heard the author being interviewed on NPR and thought I'd give the book a try. I got through about a third, but I just couldn't struggle on through to the end. I am not sure why, other than the author seems to ramble on and on without advancing the plot or increasing his characters appeal. There is a mystery of sorts involved, but one I was not willing to invest in solving.

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