What’s That Book? In the Night of Time by Antonio Muňoz Molina

In memory of my brother Rick who passed away on August 9, I’d like to share this review he wrote for my blog, originally published in 2016.

Title: In the Night of Time

Author: Antonio Muňoz Molina

Genre: Historical Fiction

Rating: 4 out of 5.

What’s it about? The outset of the Spanish Civil War, as seen through the eyes and experiences of a married, middle-aged architect with 2 children, and his affair with a younger American woman. By the end of the story, Spain is mired in senseless violence and the main character has escaped to New York alone, with his estranged wife and children remaining somewhere in Spain, the affair ended and the future uncertain.

How did you hear about it? Several “best of” book lists. The book has received many favorable reviews.

Closing comments: Rich with detailed descriptions, the book is highly effective in conveying through small incidents, minor characters and specific observations a depressing impression of the Republic, the Nationalists, their respective supporters and an entire people and nation sinking into an abyss, while at the same time telling an ambiguous story of a man expanding his personal experience while betraying his wife and children. The book is beautifully translated from Spanish by Edith Grossman.

Contributor: Rick

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25 thoughts on “What’s That Book? In the Night of Time by Antonio Muňoz Molina

    1. Thank you, Pam. I had never seen the picture until recently. I’d heard a lot of stories about us during these years, but somehow this picture was hidden in an album in our parents’ archives. It really struck me. Thank you for your friendship 🧡

    1. Thank you, Robbie. We talked about a lot of books we both liked: All the Light We Cannot See and A Gentleman in Moscow were two that he especially loved, and I felt the same way 🙂

    1. Thank you, Betsy. I like this picture because I’d never seen it until recently. When you’re a baby, you don’t remember those years, so it’s nice to see how you fit in other people’s lives during those times. 🧡

  1. Sorry to hear about your brother, Barbara. The picture is precious. It’s wonderful that you found it in an album in our parents’ archives. Something you’ll treasure forever.

  2. I’m so sorry about your brother Rick Barbara. My deepest condolences to you and family, and friends. What a darling photograph, a treasure. May your memories of him be a blessing.

  3. I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your brother. My thoughts are with you and your family. Thanks for sharing his review. That picture of the two of you is absolutely adorable.

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