To adequately express his outrage, Goytisolo created a new kind of novel, a style of prose that is more like poetry than prose. The sentences (lines, really) do not begin with capital letters, nor do they end with periods; some do not have both a subject and a predicate. Lines are separated by colons and run one after the other in long paragraphs, except when he decides to intersperse these paragraphs with individual lines, phrases or poetry. There are some sections that may be described as narrative but most of the text is essayistic. The richness of his vocabulary and the historic, literary, and geographic references make the reader’s head spin.