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Paperbacks: One Hundred Days: One Hundred Nights, by Christopher Bigsby
Friday 16 May 2008
What would fans of Amado or Márquez say to a fanciful pastiche of a Latin American "boom" novel by an East Anglian professor? ¡Ay, Caramba!, maybe.
This lavish homage imagines a land, Sagrado Dios, crawling with all the tall tales and odd folk you'd expect. It's a tissue of affectionate allusions, as Bigsby creates his "country of inventions" with colour and panache on every page.
Potter's attempt to create an Essex Taj Mahal was a lovely treattv
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