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  1. Ioana Ioana says:

    Once in a while, I am possessed by the desire to read something truly bizarre, brilliant and yet slightly inscrutable, a book that is so creative and unique that it cannot help but expand one s consciousness I ve found it quite difficult to come across such books first, there s just not that many of them written, and those that are, usually exist as hidden gems that rarely surface on my media feeds It is in this spirit that I one day came across and acquired Pandora in the Congo The cover Once in a while, I am possessed by the desire to read something truly bizarre, brilliant and yet slightly inscrutable, a book that is so creative and unique that it cannot help but expand one s consciousness I ve found it quite difficult to come across such books first, there s just not that many of them written, and those that are, usually exist as hidden gems that rarely surface on my media feeds It is in this spirit that I one day came across and acquired Pandora in the Congo The cover retro mock post colonial , the description a story written by a ghostwriter of a ghostwriter of a ghostwriter , even the original language Catalan suggested a humorous political critique, a dazzling adventure story, quirky worlds characters and strange twists of plot To my absolute delight, S nchez Pi ol trippy novel proved as off beat and as Daliesque as I had been craving Pandora in the Congo is an absurdist critique of race and colonialism by way of a parody of traditional narratives such as The Heart of Darkness an homage to classic science fiction and a playful but also subtly mocking imitation of Wells and Verne an adventure story, a love story, a mystery, a sci fi fantasy tale, or perhaps just a pretense at being a bit of each of these a uniquely inventive meta narrative that in the form of a story that questions itself as a story The book is a supposedly true account of an accused murderer told by a ghostwriter of a ghostwriter of a ghostwriter hired by the lawyer of the accused And that is just the beginning of a mind bending ride through a fabulously confabulated tale that blurs boundaries between reality and other realms Pandora is sadly probably not for everyone, which is why, I imagine, it remains relatively under appreciated Still, I highly recommend it to anyone in the mood for a strange, unsettling, thought provoking, smart and humorous post colonial sci fish epic that mocks colonial epics and the constructs to which they adhere Because, perhaps you will be in that mood someday


  2. Jess Jess says:

    I ll be honest When I first picked this up, I was intrigued but not overwhelmingly excited about reading it.And then I started Within seconds, I was hooked The protagonist s name is Thomas Thomson, which immediately sets up a tone of whimsy and sort of naivety, which is exactly how the protagonist portrays himself All one needs to know is Mr Thomson was the ghostwriter of a ghostwriter of a ghostwriter and that leads him to a position working for a barrister writing the story of a prisoner I ll be honest When I first picked this up, I was intrigued but not overwhelmingly excited about reading it.And then I started Within seconds, I was hooked The protagonist s name is Thomas Thomson, which immediately sets up a tone of whimsy and sort of naivety, which is exactly how the protagonist portrays himself All one needs to know is Mr Thomson was the ghostwriter of a ghostwriter of a ghostwriter and that leads him to a position working for a barrister writing the story of a prisoner awaiting trial Throughout the course of the story, the reader begins to wonder who is telling the truth and questioning the outrageousness of the story the prisoner tells and Mr Thomson relays By the time I reached the middle of the book, I was completely absorbed in the story taking place both in the Congo and England.Strangely enough, Mr Thomson s story evokes a bit of Joseph Conrad s Heart of Darkness whether or not that was intentional, I do not know, but I certainly saw some parallels All in all, I was completely absorbed by this book Upon completion, I put it down and simply sat there, digesting everything I had read It s rare that I experience that sort of Wow moment, but Pandora in the Congo certainly does that much andI m surprised it s not all over the New York Times Best Seller list though I look forward to readingfrom this author for sure


  3. Rowland Pasaribu Rowland Pasaribu says:

    Pandora in the Congo is narrated by Thomas Tommy Thomson, writing what he says is the same book yet again some sixty years after he first wrote it It s a bit different this time, as he writes the story behind and around the story as well, but still..Thomson grew up in an orphanage, so well liked there that they let him stay another four years after they were supposed to send him out into the wild world at fifteen He developed a love of reading there, and the ambition to become a wri Pandora in the Congo is narrated by Thomas Tommy Thomson, writing what he says is the same book yet again some sixty years after he first wrote it It s a bit different this time, as he writes the story behind and around the story as well, but still..Thomson grew up in an orphanage, so well liked there that they let him stay another four years after they were supposed to send him out into the wild world at fifteen He developed a love of reading there, and the ambition to become a writer When he left the orphanage he moved into Mrs Pinkerton s boarding house, set to embark on his writing career, his most prized possession his typewriter And one early opportunity comes his way when a writer offers him a gig helping to churn out the books in the Doctor Flag series For twenty years three Doctor Flag titles, each eighty pages long, appeared each week Doctor Flag didn t write them, of course, he had a ghost writer and in 1914 the then nineteen year old Thomson becomes the ghost to the ghost and, it turns out, not even quite thatIt wasn t great money, but it was an opportunity, and though Thomson was being taken advantage of even if he didn t know how much he was at least writing For his first project he gets the outline to a novel to be called Pandora in the Congo He s told to stick to the script, wildly improbable and unrealistic though it is just like all the Doctor Flag books , and despite some reservations he does as he s told This particular meal ticket only lasts so long but there s someone who is impressed by Thomson s work, the lawyer Edward Norton And Norton has a proposition for the newly unemployed would be author, a different kind of ghost writing Norton has a client named Marcus Garvey who is to be tried for the murder of two young noblemen, Richard and William Craver, while serving them on an expedition to the Congo Garvey is to tell his side of the story to Thomson, who is then to write it in book form Thomson doesn t understand what good it will do, but Norton says he s run out of other ideas and hopes that something might come of it The money is better than what he got for the Doctor Flag novels, so Thomson takes the job Garvey is locked up until his trial, and he s only allowed to receive visitors occasionally, so it takes quite a while for Thomson to get the whole story And in this version he also describes some of what happened in his own life in that period, from life at the boarding house to, eventually, his getting called up to fight in World War I which helps delay the trial itself for years , so everything drags on for quite a while Garvey s story is a pretty sensational one From lowly helper on the family estate, he gets roped into joining the spoiled and crude brothers on their grand African adventure They head into darkest Congo, searching for gold, and Garvey tells a horror story of their exploitation of the natives along the way first chaining them together to carry the supplies deep into the jungle and replacing those who die off with those they grab in the villages they pass through , then forcing them to dig a hole in the ground that becomes their goldmine, and in which their slave labourers are kept, like in a cage There is gold here, but soon there are also odd sounds to be heard down there As in Cold Skin, S nchez Pi ol has a thing for otherworldly creatures Here they are tectons , tall, pale not quite human creatures who come up through tunnels in the ground One of the Africans on the expedition tells Garvey that it s exactly like what his grand father said about the whites first they send the missionaries, who threaten them with hell, then come the thieving traders, and finally come the soldiers and it looks like it s much the same with the tectons There is, however, also a love interest Amgam, one of the tectons they capture and whom Garvey falls for but who one of the brothers takes and closely watches as his own property Despite the threat of the tectons, the brothers are blinded by the thought of the great riches they are mining daily, and they refuse to give up the place even after their labourers flee The tectons, on the other hand, keep coming back for , and it comes to some serious confrontations Ultimately, Garvey is the only survivor The book Thomson writes is an heroic tale when it s published it also serves its purpose in helping at Garvey s trial But Thomson has a few doubts and concerns There s that tall, veiled woman he sees waiting to visit the jail, for example Thomson and the reader know he s being manipulated the question is, of course, to what extent S nchez Pi ol has some fun with this, but it s not quite as much fun as one might have hoped for Classic adventure yarn and metafictional game S nchez Pi ol aims high but only makes it halfway there The adventure story is decent but not exceptional enough by itself and it does get fairly drawn out The local anddomestic parts are often even rougher Mr MacMahon s farting at the boarding house and Mrs Pinkerton s shell less turtle, Marie Antoinette, both seem fairly desperate attempts to add some humour and colour, and they re far from the only examples S nchez Pi ol tries hard, but he doesn t seem to have the right feel for this specifically English kind of tale of colonial adventure of that time it s close, but simply not right The final twists and explanations are clever enough in the abstract, but as told come across as a bit of a let down, especially since it s taken so long to get there Indeed, the whole novel and the many good ideas behind it from the social commentary and allegories to the take on both reading and writing do better in summary form than in what S nchez Pi ol does with them Not that it s a bad read, it s just not nearly as fun or exciting as it should be


  4. David Nickle David Nickle says:

    On one level, it s an African adventure novel of the kind that Edgar Rice Burroughs used to pen On another level, it s a wry critique of those stories from a post Colonial perspective Tommy Thomson not the painter is a hack pulp writer at the turn of the last century, hired to retell the story of Marcus Garvey not the one who inspired the Rastafarians , a servant who is accused of murdering two well to do explorers in the depths of the Congo.The story that emerges runs deeper than that int On one level, it s an African adventure novel of the kind that Edgar Rice Burroughs used to pen On another level, it s a wry critique of those stories from a post Colonial perspective Tommy Thomson not the painter is a hack pulp writer at the turn of the last century, hired to retell the story of Marcus Garvey not the one who inspired the Rastafarians , a servant who is accused of murdering two well to do explorers in the depths of the Congo.The story that emerges runs deeper than that into a hollow Earth populated by pale, war like giants and deeper still into strange and monstrous eroticism that echoes the grim perversity of Pinol s previous novel Cold Skin There is also a turtle, who copes with the loss of her shell the way any of us would In short It s a beautiful book, and itsnumbers are lower than it deserves


  5. Cheryl Cheryl says:

    A story within a story within a story Set in 1914 London, a ghostwriter of African adventure stories is approached by the attorney of a man arrested for murder to write the story of his client s true expedition in the Congo The attorney hopes that when the public read what really happened to his client there, he would never be convicted of murder The ghostwriter agrees, and after daily visits to hear the prisoner s story, begins to write a tale worthy of H Rider Haggard and Edgar Rice Burrou A story within a story within a story Set in 1914 London, a ghostwriter of African adventure stories is approached by the attorney of a man arrested for murder to write the story of his client s true expedition in the Congo The attorney hopes that when the public read what really happened to his client there, he would never be convicted of murder The ghostwriter agrees, and after daily visits to hear the prisoner s story, begins to write a tale worthy of H Rider Haggard and Edgar Rice Burroughs Will this fantastic but true tale prevent a murder conviction I liked this book because it was a bit different and I love stories within stories There was a bit of Joseph Conrad s Heart of Darkness in it, too, as the themes of racism and imperialism were shown honestly and condemned I did think the story the ghostwriter was writing went on too long in too much detail at times, slowing down the plot A bit of editing would ve made this into a better novel An interesting read


  6. awesomatik.de awesomatik.de says:

    I enjoyed reading this book a lot It starts like an old school adventure story but turns into something different What makes it so interesting is, that the story is so unpredictable Anything could happen And the different levels of narration help to keep you busy guessing I also liked the final revelation and the moral of the story This book would make a great movie Actually his first book Cold skin is being adapted to the big screen right now I will definitely check it out soon


  7. Angel 一匹狼 Angel 一匹狼 says:

    Edit Authors should remember this word every time they write a novel They may be in love with what they have written, but that doesn t mean a shorter andcompact novel wouldn t be better That is the biggest problem Pandora al Congo has.And it is a pity because the novel has a great beginning, funny and mysterious, some flashes of brilliance, and some interesting ideas how we romanticize other cultures, twisting some of their cultural aspects to fit our views of the others or how some Edit Authors should remember this word every time they write a novel They may be in love with what they have written, but that doesn t mean a shorter andcompact novel wouldn t be better That is the biggest problem Pandora al Congo has.And it is a pity because the novel has a great beginning, funny and mysterious, some flashes of brilliance, and some interesting ideas how we romanticize other cultures, twisting some of their cultural aspects to fit our views of the others or how some kinds of violence are legitimized and others not But all those points get drown in an overwrought, convoluted, too much in love with itself plot, with so many twists and turns you will get a headache Some of them are nice there is one that makes reference to a character that I saw from the very first moment because it makes reference to a movie if the reader has watched the movie they will also see it coming , but most of them fall into the deux ex machina mold and get tiring around the page 50.If that was not enough, our friend S nchez Pi ol has decided to use as many adjectives, metaphors and similes as one of the characters of the novel asks from another at the beginning of the story And really, one or two can be funny, but at the umpteenth one, you will feel like throwing the book to the wall It gives the feeling the author loves too much the sound of his own fingers on the keyboard.Too long, too repetitive, with too many obvious turns and twists, Pandora al Congo ends up being a disappointment and a lost opportunity Maybe if it had clocked at around 80 pages 1.5 10 Original Catalan version


  8. Michael Michael says:

    Well this was unexpectedly cool A great and sometimes brilliant story Early 1900 s A writer is taking down the story of a man returned from Africa Where as the servant of two evil aristocrats he had amazing adventures, and fell in love with a woman from a race that lives in a tremendous cavern under the earth Hah hah It was good The writer in the book had an interesting story as well that even though it happens after is wound up in with the Africa tale.


  9. Tara Tara says:

    Creative, crazy and fun I loved it.


  10. Mariele Mariele says:

    The premise was interesting, and I really enjoyed the metafictional aspect all those different levels, the frame narrative, the tale within the tale, the reference to historical characters Roger Casement, Henry Morton Stanley , the colonial criticism, the distinction between the in situ narrator and the recollecting narrator were all very well written Why are there no English expressions for Erz hlendes Erlebendes Ich Also, I really liked Pi ol s first novel even though I have to say The premise was interesting, and I really enjoyed the metafictional aspect all those different levels, the frame narrative, the tale within the tale, the reference to historical characters Roger Casement, Henry Morton Stanley , the colonial criticism, the distinction between the in situ narrator and the recollecting narrator were all very well written Why are there no English expressions for Erz hlendes Erlebendes Ich Also, I really liked Pi ol s first novel even though I have to say that it was much better the first time I read it In the African adventure that Marcus Garvey tells the narrator, many elements of Cold Skin resurface It s just that Cold Skin was short and succinct, whereas Pandora is a very long novel This middle part drags on for quite a bit, and while it is a fantasy adventure story which is not only highly implausible, it is also not very interesting After Garvey s tale is told, the novel still goes on for a substantial length It should have been much shorter, as the details of it all seem so redundant I m thinking of elements such as the shell less turtle, the second time Tommy Thomson, our narrator, stays in Ms Pinkerton s bedsit, etc all this just adds unnecessary bulk to the story I wish the narrator would have understood sooner how he has been manipulated, without making such a song and dance about it And why did Pi ol name his character Marcus Garvey What kind of analogy was he trying to create with this particular choice Additionally, I wonder why a Spanish writer wants to occupy himself with a Victorian set up, or the Irish struggle for independence


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