Top critical review
Well written. Clever. Not much happens.
Reviewed in the United States on December 13, 2020
This novel follows a depressed stoner poet learning Spanish in Madrid. It's very clever at portraying the psychological jujitsu of trying to absorb a new language, with all the guessing and mind games. There's really not much of a plot though, so the mental twists and turns of this young man will have to suffice. But the novel does capture, very well, the interior of a person on the cusp of adulthood, who is trying to figure out where his life is going.