Thursday, May 29, 2014

Straight Reading from the Library: The 6th of November

The Library received THE 6TH OF NOVEMBER by Pablo Solares Acebel for review as part of his virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Pablo will be awarding an eCopy of The 6th of November to TEN randomly drawn commenters during the tour. You can see the other stops on the tour here:


In The 6th of November, Pablo weaves a complex but fluid narrative that combines fragments of history with the intricacies of love, family, and politics. The reader is thrown into a world that is both exciting yet frightening, with characters that, at every turn, are as visible as the story itself. Pablo’s narrative, to a large extent, defies every traditional definition of technique and style, as he lavishly combines and floats from realism to magic realism, masterly using both to tell this intricate story. The 6th of November is not for those who enjoy bland and conventional narratives; it is one of those little volumes that will stay around for a long time.


THE 6TH OF NOVEMBER is short, but don't let that fool you. It's packed full. The style of writing reminds me of Paulo Coelho. Gloria Juarez, a young woman who gets married and is in the need of fleeing to a village called Requejado, in the north of Spain. There, she gives birth to Maria. When the Spanish Civil War (1936 - 1939) starts, her family vanishes without trace. But on the 6th of November 1939, an unexpected host helps her to find the truth.

Even though it's a short book, it's not a book to breeze through--it's not told lineally, so there were a few times when I had to stop and think about what was going on. It is a beautifully written little volume and is one of the few books I own that I will revisit. I have the feeling that this book is going to be one of those where you discover something new about it each time you read it.

I hope that Mr. Acebal also translates his second book into English. I look forward to reading more of his work. 4 stars.


Pablo Solares Acebal is a Spanish author. By his 20th birthday, Pablo had already published two novels in Spanish: "6 de Noviembre" and "Explosión en el corazón del diablo". With a BA in English Studies and Translation, Pablo aimed himself to translate his first novella for a broader audience. Considered a critically-acclaimed author, Pablo is now working on the script of this novella, to be released by fall 2015.

'THE 6TH OF NOVEMBER' is expected to become a movie by fall 2015.

Buy the book at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.


  1. Thank you so much!

    Love from Spain,