Favorite Reads of 2011: The Man of Feeling by Javier Marias

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When I was working on my half of Lady Chatterley’s Brother earlier this year, I read a whole lot of Javier Marias. And while I could easily recommend to you A Heart So White or Tomorrow in the Battle Think on Me, I’m going to put in for The Man of Feeling, because I get the idea that it’s often neglected vis a vis Marias’ later works. This is the first book of what I’ve come to call Marias’ “mature phase” as a writer, and though it’s much smaller than the books that would come later in Marias’ career, it does do a lot of justice to the core themes that have come to personify his work. It’s also a great little story. If you’re new to Marias, it’s a great introduction, and if you’ve already read a lot of Marias, it might be one you’ve missed so far.

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