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"Guillermo Stein came to school in the middle of the year, arriving on a bicycle. None of us came to school by bicycle." The Stein Report, a short novel set in the island of Majorca in the 1960s, kicks off with the arrival of a newcomer that will throw things off balance. Curious about him, Stein's schoolmates will try to unravel the secrets concealed by this enigmatic character-a quest that will lead them to unveil unanswered questions of their own past and catch a fleeting glimpse of the adult world ahead of them.
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"With echoes of Alain- Fournier's classic Le Grand Meaulnes (1913) this is a beautiful book, evocative of a young boy's dawning awareness of the many secrets controlling the adult world."-Eileen Battersby, The Irish Times; "A great Bildungsroman." -ABC; "Llop summons the ghosts of the past in a fascinating novel, at the peak of his art ... The author's ability to place the reader in a vague anguished atmosphere is unrivaled." -Le Figaro Litteraire; "Each character in the novel pays for the ill-defined guilt of their forebears, hero or traitor, victim or aggressor. Standing in sharp contrast to this violence is the gentle prose style, as clear as the voice of a well brought up teenager." -Le Monde; "This one's a novella which you can knock off in an hour or so, but the writing is excellent, with a lot more hidden between the lines than first meets the eye... In addition to an excellent story, The Stein Report contains some beautiful writing. Proustian can be a rather overused adjective at times, but some of the lengthy, evocative descriptions Llop and Curtis create can come close at times, with colours and smells taking both writer and reader back in time. In other places, the language can be simple and elegant, evoking the voice of an innocent adolescent. However, there's always something more, lurking in the shadows. The Stein Report is a book to enjoy, one to savour and reread. "-Tony's Reading List