Living in Color

After reading Ask the Dust, I have to say that what most impressed me about the novel was Arturo’s thought process. The particular way in which the novel was written, through Arturo’s eyes and using his descriptions, left a deep impression on me. He experienced the world in an extreme, explosive, incredibly sensual and bombastic way. His descriptions of everything he saw, from Camilla to the earthquake, were anything but lacking in color. I think that this tendency to overdescribe his surroundings is a huge part of Arturo’s dust-to-dust existentialistic view. He describes everything in such great detail that whtever it is seems to completely fill up his world, with room for nothing else.

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