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Delirium

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Delirium (Book - Laura Restrepo)

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Laura Restrepo
publisher:
Nan A. Talese
genre:
Fiction

We gave it a C+

Both a mystery and a study of madness, Laura Restrepo’s novel Delirium follows eccentric Agustina, who suffers a nervous breakdown while her husband is away from their Bogotá, Colombia home. Narrated from the points of view of Agustina, her husband, and her lover, and interwoven with the life of her mentally unstable grandfather, Delirium builds its suspense around the cause of Agustina?s distress. Despite the promising set-up, the novel — translated from the Spanish by Natasha Wimmer — delivers little, meandering between the points of view of too many characters who fail to emerge as interesting witnesses. As one of them remarks, all too aptly, ”even strange behavior can be monotonous.” C+