Keith Staskiewicz
January 03, 2014 AT 05:00 AM EST

In the Night of Time

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Antonio Munoz Molina
publisher
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
genre
Fiction

We gave it a B-

The Spanish Civil War is a big topic that requires a big canvas. Molina’s epic, tragic tale of one man’s experiences in love and war — a bourgeois architect is shaken to the core by his homeland’s changing politics and an adulterous tryst with an American woman — gives its subject the space it deserves and renders it vibrantly with intoxicating prose. Unfortunately, as with most intoxicants, too much gives you a hangover. The swirlingly ornate writing style and nonchronological plotting lend In the Night of Time the pace of a narcotized elephant. B-

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