Book Notes: Belén Gopegui’s The Committee of the Night

Author: Belén Gopegui

Title: El comité de la noche

Language: Spanish

Year: 2014

I never read anything by Gopegui before because from the references to her work that I saw in criticism I thought she was not my kind of writer. This novel, however, demonstrated that, often, critics cannot be trusted. Gopegui is quite a good novelist.

The Committee of the Night came at the perfect time for me because I needed one more text to analyze to round out my book. This novel says exactly what I need it to say to support my argument.

There are moments in the novel where Gopegui the ideologue loses out to Gopegui the writer. By the end of the novel, though, the author manages to pull herself together, stop editorializing and make the novel work. This is a very surprising, pleasant discovery for me.


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