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Marlene and Sofia - A Double Love Story by [Barrento, Pedro]
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A writer struggles to finish a book that someone else started writing, battling to weave his own characters and plot into the pre-existing manuscript.

A group of well-off old people in a retirement home seek relief from boredom by using an internet service which allows them to live out their fantasies virtually. Two working-class men, one young and disenfranchised, one a lifelong Communist, discuss their differing world views. An unstable computer genius and a control freak banker form an uneasy alliance to launch a new internet sensation, while the free-spirited girlfriend of one of them, Marlene, wreaks havoc wherever she goes. In the midst of this confusion, her best friend Sofia searches for a kinder, simpler way of life.

All these stories gradually interconnect in the most unexpected ways…

By turns cynical and romantic, satirical and unexpectedly sweet, "Marlene and Sofia – A Double Love Story" reflects the sexual and political contradictions of contemporary living.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1962 KB
  • Print Length: 255 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1500383090
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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A classic in the making, this wonderful book is literary fiction at its finest. In the neatly double-layered story, which deals on one level with the writer and on another with the characters, we are treated to a rich tapestry of human life and of humanity's great preoccupations, including themes of love, death, politics and sex. It is the kind of book that one can read again and again, each time taking away something different from it.

That said, Marlene and Sofia is far from being the kind of self-consciously intellectual work that appeals only to the literary snob. Its earthy humour and finely drawn characters, and the farcical situations in which those characters are combined, are vastly entertaining at any level, and taken as pure entertainment the work perhaps shines even more brightly. There will be many hearty belly laughs for the lucky reader who ventures upon this work, and more than likely a few tears as well.

All in all, a deeply satisfying book, and a must-read for 2014.
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Marlene and Sofia - A Double Love Story is so much more than what the title implies. The opening chapter’s concept is genius and the lives introduced in the book are captivating. The book grabbed my attention from the start, and although I find it hard to see the “love story,” I love this book. This book is different, unique and an interesting read. A thought provoking book that I can easily recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved Malene and Sofia 18 October 2014
By Anne Morton - Published on
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I loved Malene and Sofia, a delightful satirical romp through the modern world of high tech, big business, and the influence of both on sex and love and life and literature. At the same time I found myself laughing out loud, I was connecting deeply to the characters who are well rounded, recognizable and believable and I found the message of the book to be a profound one. Pretty scary to think this is the way we are going. Pedro Barrento has a great imagination and a wonderful style. His high tech innovation (using the internet to take you on a vicarious tour to wherever you want to go-perfect for lively people stuck in an old age home) does not exist (as far as I know) but it certainly could and it was developed in a completely believable way. Had the book been written 20 years ago it would have been science fiction. Today we are practically there. I also loved the twists and turns in the book and the people who seemed disconnected at first but who all came together like the working of a satisfying jig saw puzzle. I think it would make a brilliant movie, a kind of Woody Allen meets Her but completely original.
5.0 out of 5 stars Subtle, interesting, and extremely original 7 September 2014
By AngryGnome - Published on
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In some ways this is a ground breaking and highly interesting novel. It explores concepts of perception and reality, but at no time does it get bogged down in deep philosophical rants, or endless discourse on the 'meaning' of this or that. Instead, we are treated to a premise whereby a writer has to make a decision on whether or not he will 'play ball' with the powers that be, of if he will be true to himself. This is a theme that is echoed by the story within the story, and Marlene and Sofia, the writer's protagonists, come to life and explore their own destinies, often clashing with each other, circumstances and life in general.

Starting slowly, the story builds to a number of surprising twists, which carry the reader to a very satisfactory conclusion. All in all, Marlene and Sofia surprised me, pleased me, and impressed me again and again. It is cross genre, and is a difficult book to 'label', so I will not try. But I can recommend it, and heartily.

Pedro Barrento dares to be different, and this is reflected in a novel encompasses a great many emotions.
2.0 out of 5 stars Just too weird, couldn't finish it 2 November 2014
By J&KN in NC - Published on
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After page 65, I just couldn't take any more. It made no sense that an author couldn't write his own book, but had to submit to a "guild" that controlled all Portugal writers. Then there was an existing book chapter involving an old folks' home where two women acted thrilled to eat with (to me) a pretty arrogant old man. And then there were the two title characters (Marlene and Sofia) who seemed to be "party girls" looking for a good time. I thought, how in the world is this going to turn into anything that makes sense, especially when I never connected with any of the characters? I know there are several really good reviews that said if I finished the book, I'd like it. But I just couldn't get up enough interest to finish. Too much different and incomprehensible stuff going on for my taste. Deleted it after plowing through 6 chapters.
4.0 out of 5 stars Marlene and Sofia - A Double Love Story review 23 August 2014
By Regina Nabais - Published on
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I experiment severe difficulty to, exactly, express what I think of this Pedro Barrento's book because if, on the one hand, has too much imagination in the construction of the plot of the story, intricate and numerous scenarios in which the narrative unfolds. On the other side, the idealization of characters has a complicated development until an unexpected end. The whole description seems to appeal for unnecessary hyper-realism and, sometimes, even, too forced and vulgar and bizarre situations...

One character, in my opinion, is a delightful old man, Frederico.

Somehow, I also liked a lot the professional organization of writers, which procedures must be not very far from the reality.

In general, I found that it is a very amusing and entertain history.
4.0 out of 5 stars Off-beat, entertaining and well-written 3 April 2015
By ST - Published on
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I liked this book a lot but couldn't get into his first one. I don't really think the writers' guild added a whole lot to the story but that's just me. I thought the rest of it was great and I was enjoying his "deceptively simple" style but kind of wish he hadn't decided to go on about it himself.
I'm trying to just give up on grammar but it's like trying to give up sugar or cigarettes or whatever. So......there is no such thing as "a" myriad and you don't "order the same as her". You would order the same as "she" (orders.) These grammatical offences have now become memes and I know it but it still irritates me. Good book, anyway.

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