Last Night in Granada

Fiction - Literary
108 Pages
Reviewed on 04/29/2019
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Reviewed by Jane Finch for Readers' Favorite

Last Night in Granada by Chris Pellizzari is an unusual yet compelling account of one man’s struggle with the memories of his past. Besieged by anxiety and consequently an inability to sleep soundly, Chris visits a doctor and is prescribed strong medication which will enable him to sleep but which can have significant side effects. As Chris alternates between his bed in Chicago and his days in Granada, the reader gets a taste of the two lives of the protagonist. There is the hint of sweet romance, the historical elements of notorious areas of Andalucía, the vivid past of historical characters, and the highs and lows of these experiences.

One can assume that the protagonist is the author, although this is not confirmed. This novella is unusual in its format and composition, almost coming across as poetry in some cases. What does come across is author Chris Pellizzari’s clear knowledge of Spanish history and characters and battles, even to the point that he seems to be living side by side with the historical characters. This might just be my take on the story, but I think Last Night in Granada by Chris Pellizzari is one of those works where individuals will have a different reaction to the book, and it will affect readers in different ways. It is strangely haunting, memorable and quite surreal. Only a short novella, it is soon read, but almost compels the reader to read it again to see what they may have missed. Unusual, as I have said, mystical to a degree, a different writing style, but a satisfying read.