Book Review Of “The Third Hotel” By Laurie Van Den Berg @fsgbooks
In Havana, Cuba, a widow tries to come to terms with her husband’s death―and the truth about their marriage―in Laura van den Berg’s surreal, mystifying story of psychological reflection and metaphysical mystery.
Shortly after Clare arrives in Havana, Cuba, to attend the annual Festival of New Latin American Cinema, she finds her husband, Richard, standing outside a museum. He’s wearing a white linen suit she’s never seen before, and he’s supposed to be dead. Grief-stricken and baffled, Clare tails Richard, a horror film scholar, through the newly tourist-filled streets of Havana, clocking his every move. As the distinction between reality and fantasy blurs, Clare finds grounding in memories of her childhood in Florida and of her marriage to Richard, revealing her role in his death and reappearance along the way.
Filled with subtle but striking meditations on grief, marriage, art, misogyny, and the loneliness of travel, The Third Hotel is a singular, propulsive, brilliantly shape-shifting novel from an inventive author at the height of her narrative powers. (From Goodreads)
Thank you FSG Books #partner for gifting me a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.
I rate this book a 4 out of 5 Stars.
This is one crazy unique book, and because of that, it’s going to appeal to a very specific group of readers. Fans of horror movies, ghost stories, and spooky stuff will enjoy this book, however I am not meaning the mass-produced movies, think along the lines of indie films and their version of horror and ghost movies. It is very creative, and that is the closest similarity that comes to mind.
I also enjoyed the way the author showed Clare’s grief and how it manifested, how it shaped and molded her. Even if you didn’t like this, I can guarantee, that you realize how well this book is written. I now want to go to Havana, and I would absolutely love going to a horror film festival, that sounds like it would be amazing! I hope the world appreciates this little gem, and keeps an open mind while reading it. This was an atmospheric, detailed, imaginative read, and I enjoyed every page. Also, the cover is amazing!!!!