All is Silence by Manuel Rivas

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Rivas is a careful writer with a sharp eye, and there are eloquent and poignant moments here, but all too frequently he gives us less than he sees. The result is a haunting, spare prose style...which demands so much of the reader’s own imagination that we rarely enjoy the immersive experience of fiction.
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Manuel Rivas delivers a literary masterpiece about three young friends growing up in a community which is bound by a conspiracy of silence.
     Fins and Brinco are best friends, and they both adore the wild and beautiful Leda. The three young friends spend their days exploring the dunes and picking through the treasures that the sea washes on to the shores of Galicia. One day, as they are playing in the abandoned school on the edge of the village, they come across treasure of another kind: a huge cache of whisky hidden under a sheet. But before they can exploit their discovery a shot rings out, and a man wearing an impeccable white suit and panama hat enters the room. That day they learn the most important lesson of all, that the mouth is for keeping quiet.
 

About Manuel Rivas

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MANUEL RIVAS was born in A Coruna in 1957. He writes in the Galician language of north-west Spain. He is well known in Spain for his journalism, as well as for his prize-winning short stories and novels, which include the internationally acclaimed "The Carpenter's Pencil "and "Books Burn Badly." His works have been translated into twenty languages.
 
Published June 17, 2013 by Harvill Secker. 256 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
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Reviewed by Michael Kerrigan on Jun 21 2013

In this haunting, wonderfully poetic novel, Rivas gives us eloquent warning that what starts as fearful silence may end up as an incapacity to speak.

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Toronto Star

Below average
Reviewed by Michel Basilieres on Aug 09 2013

Rivas is a careful writer with a sharp eye, and there are eloquent and poignant moments here, but all too frequently he gives us less than he sees. The result is a haunting, spare prose style...which demands so much of the reader’s own imagination that we rarely enjoy the immersive experience of fiction.

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