The Skating Rink

The Skating Rink

Book - 2009
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Set in the seaside town of Z, on the Costa Brava, north of Barcelona,The Skating Rink oscillates between two poles: a camp ground and a ruined mansion, the Palacio Benvingut. The story, told by three male narrators, revolves around a beautiful figure skating champion, Nuria Martí. When she is suddenly dropped from the Olympic team, a pompous but besotted civil servant secretly builds a skating rink in the ruined Palacio Benvingut, using public funds. But Nuria has affairs, provokes jealousy, and the skating rink becomes a crime scene. A mysterious pair of women, an ex-opera singer and a taciturn girl often armed with a knife, turn up as well.

A complex book,The Skating Rink's short chapters are skillfully broken off with questions to maintain the narrative tension:Who was murdered? Who was the murderer? Will the murderer be caught? All of these questions are answered, and yetThe Skating Rink is not fundamentally a crime novel, or not exclusively; it's also about political corruption, sex, the experience of immigration, and frustrated passion. And it's an atmospheric chronicle of one summer season in a seaside town, with its vacationers, its drifters, its businessmen, bureaucrats and social workers.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : New Directions Book, 2009.
ISBN: 9780811217132
0811217132
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: 182 pages ; 21 cm

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