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Tunnel, The Paperback – 6 May 2011
'Sabato captures the intensity of passions run into uncharted passages where love promises not tranquillity, but danger' ― Los Angeles Times
Heralded by Albert Camus and Thomas Mann and widely translated, ''The Tunnel'' is the brief, obsessive, sometimes delirious confession of a convicted murderer. -- Robert Coover ― New York Times Book Review
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- Publisher : Penguin; 1st edition (6 May 2011)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 160 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0141194545
- ISBN-13 : 978-0141194547
- Dimensions : 12.9 x 0.9 x 19.8 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 323,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is the second time I have entered the tunnel, my first experience was with the spanish version and at a much younger age (early twenties). This second excursion happens in my mid fifties and I almost feel that time changed the book, that I am reading it in a parallel universe to the one my younger self experienced, the first time my concerns were with main character Juan Pablo Castel how misunderstood he was and the language the book used. This time I read the book in english it was a good translation, although you lose some of the regional flavour of the original, but more importantly this time I saw the first character as an abuser, self center maniac, that to the end of the book just wants the control of Maria Irbane not because he loves her but because she understands him. Her husband a blind man sees better than him and calls him a fool but of course Castel is unmoved by this judgement.
We only know of Maria through Pablo's eyes, and we see a woman trying to keep different loves and loyalties working, and a man’s destructiveness killing the one woman that was willing to make him better.
Sad, disturbing, egoism at its worst. A book that in my first exposure was literarily very interesting, has now become disturbingly realistic, in its male all possessive description of need (love can not be a word to describe it).
Tension is built by the relationship, yet one can anticipate the frivolous nature, the dissonance and the likelihood of it to end. Quickly replaced by the torment of the insane, the plot develops into random acts of a mad man, whom in an act of desperation finally leaves “the tunnel” of his mind and goes into the world committing a rigid, sharp, fuelled atrocity.