What We Become

What We Become

A Novel

Book - 2016
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#1 bestselling author and Dagger Award winner Arturo Pérez-Reverte delivers an epic historical tale following the dangerous and passionate love affair between a beautiful high society woman and an elegant thief. A story of romance, adventure, and espionage, this novel solidifies Pérez-Reverte as an international literary giant.

En route from Lisbon to Buenos Aires in 1928, Max and Mecha meet aboard a luxurious transatlantic cruise ship. There Max teaches the stunning stranger and her erudite husband to dance the tango. A steamy affair ignites at sea and continues as the seedy decadence of Buenos Aires envelops the secret lovers.

Nice, 1937. Still drawn to one another a decade later, Max and Mecha rekindle their dalliance. In the wake of a perilous mission gone awry, Mecha looks after her charming paramour until a deadly encounter with a Spanish spy forces him to flee.

Sorrento, 1966. Max once again runs into trouble--and Mecha. She offers him temporary shelter from the KGB agents on his trail, but their undeniable attraction offers only a small glimmer of hope that their paths will ever cross again.

Arturo Pérez-Reverte is at his finest here, offering readers a bittersweet, richly rendered portrait of a powerful, forbidden love story that burns brightly over forty years, from the fervor of youth to the dawn of old age.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781476751986
Branch Call Number: PERE
Characteristics: 453 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Caistor, Nick
Garcia, Lorenza


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Dec 31, 2016

I wanted to like this book, but it failed me. The two main characters have no redeeming qualities what so ever. Max is a gigolo and a thief, whose main concerns are materialistic and narcissistic. The woman is barely memorable. The author uses two timelines - or 3? to tell the story of these sad unlikable people; the 2- or 3? story-lines are so similar, if the author meant them to be parallel in order to give it meaning, the author was mistaken.

I have read other novels by this author and have never been impressed.

Oct 03, 2016

Max and Mecha are two beautiful people from different worlds whose lives intersect three times, from the 1920s to the 1960s, in Buenos Aires, Nice and Sorrento.

Elegant. A bit of a thriller. A touching love story. Loved it.

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