A thirty year-old man called Leo is freshly divorced and decides to go to Lima (Peru) to visit his cousins. A truly devastated man with obvious signs of depression travels to Peru in order to forget about his situation and clean his mind. There things turn out for him unexpectedly good and he meets an astonishing young woman that drags him out of his pathetic condition and gives him a good reason to live and love again.
This short- story- like novel is about the fragility of life. One day you feel the luckiest person in the world and the next one-when something bad happens- you are feeling worthless and unable to deal with anything. This story could be the story of every divorced man and not only Leo’s. This could be the inevitable way of our life path. Nothing in life comes as expected; there are always surprises in the way and we must be prepared for this.
The majority of the novel is in the head of the protagonist, Leo. We are constantly in his head, reading his thoughts about his wife, his son, his true loss and finally his new life that he discovers in Peru. From the moment he is landed at this exotic country he begins to realise that the meaning of life is not only the one he left behind. The show must go on. And he’s just doing it. He meets Marisol, a very beautiful local woman, that falls for him almost at once. And they experience an exotic love story.
From my perspective I found it very revealing because usually when you are a woman you cannot enter at a man’s mind. Reading this book felt like I could understand a bit more the way men feel and react to strong emotions like these. After all, you know, the writer is a man. What a great chance to see what’s like.
Overall, “The love of Marisol” it’s a nice, easy-going story for a summer reading.
Ariadni Papaioannou, for We adore books.