Saharan Girl

Luis Leante was born in 1963. He has published several books of short stories and children’s novels. The story introduces us to See if I love you is flojilla. The landscape which lies invited to demand more of the plot. The Spain of 1975, against the backdrop of Franco’s death and the abandonment of the Sahara awakens expectations are not met. The bottom line is reduced to a classic boy meets girl, girl falls for boy, girl pregnant, boy, girl loses boy, boy is removed from the madding crowd … That is, we start with a legionnaire in the dungeon of a headquarters, accused of treason, hearing the bustle of preparations to take the output of the Sahara and this promising beginning becomes a somewhat melancholy story of love-hate. They are played very casually all the possibilities offered similar historical moment.

Even Saharan customs are slightly outlined, although noted the clear intention of the author to use this town as the backdrop of the argument. It seems that the text passages have been cut. The novel reads comfortably. The language used by Leante is direct and smooth, with few metaphors and light descriptions ingrained in the very development of the story. Also plays with time in a very correct and precise, making despite the vagaries of the comings and goings in time, the reader never loses the thread of the plot. This gives an idea of a writer who handles with ease the art. We are facing a novel in the style and technique is far superior to the bland story that underlies the book. Only the final good can recover (some) little flavor to this novel, and leaves us saddened (much) so that, like willows, could be and was not.