The historical novel has its logical limitations to develop a plot. It should not be easy to start writing novels of this genre under the approach of many authors such as Stephen King, declared defenders of a certain autonomy of the characters. It is clear that If you let the character think, act, move and interact in the way he asks himself, you may run into some problems para mover la trama hacia unos mínimos derroteros esperados inicialmente.
But in return, the characters will always intervene with ease and absolute verisimilitude, como un vecino al que el lector pudiera espiar… Lo de conseguir que al final la trama brille como una construcción organizada, con pleno sentido, dotada de giros y un final perfectamente cerrado o maravillosamente sugerente se deberá más a tu capacidad imaginativa y al suficiente sentimiento crítico que acabe por determinar que has podido cagarla. Porque si no tienes imaginación, y no estás dispuesto a abandonar una novela a medio camino, mejor no te dediques a escribir.
The already deceased Wilbur smith tenía esa capacidad imaginativa y además se atrevía a escribir sobre misterios históricos con la doble dificultad de reconducir o reajustar la trama basándose en necesidades argumentales e imposiciones históricas. Ahí es nada. Desconozco si esto le supondría quebraderos de cabeza argumentales y unas cuantas novelas abandonadas en los cajones que quizás vayan saliendo tras su desaparición. Pero lo cierto es que sus más de 30 novelas dan que pensar que le cogió punto a ese equilibrio entre lo creativo y el marco real.
The history of Africa is a sum of very unique stories, from the tribal to the colonial. Every African country has its history written like a real novel. AND Wilbur smith He knew how to take advantage of the reef to present us with countless adventures and frenetic mysteries.
Top 3 best Wilbur Smith novels
When lions eat
If there is a country of singular differences with the rest of the states of the African continent, that is South Africa. Portuguese, Dutch, British, Germans… half of Europe ended up leaving its stamp on one country.
To the point that South Africa seemed to become a country with its back to the rest of the continent, where indigenous tribes were relegated to a second level as citizens. In this novel we are at the dawn of the XNUMXth century. The country is still a place that European settlers yearn to exploit at all levels.
The character of Sean Courtney, adventurer and lover of that mystical space at times of the southernmost Africa. With this novel a saga of adventures began that also portrays that particular time of clash between cultures, that latent conflict in the middle of a nature transformed into the paradise of colonizers.
I was recently talking about Terenci moix, surely the fiction writer who has most tackled the theme of the old Nile in Spain. It is not that there is any thematic harmony between one author and another, but the truth is that both provide a differentiating account of this millenary culture.
Wonderful fictions that read separately make up a very complete scenario that stops at the moment of the character or that poses a frenetic plot, depending on the case of one or the other author. In this novel Río Sagrado, the best of the trilogy that Wilbur ended up writing, by far, we discover a very special character: Taita.
It is about a eunuch in the service of the Pharaoh's court who manages to lead us through a masterful web of mysteries, violence and passions with the brilliance of a millenary civilization that seems to sparkle from every page.
Some other Wilbur readers throw the tackle at my head when I highlight this novel as one of his best. But for me it is without a doubt.
The action starts in 1913. León Courtney (you know, from the Courtney saga that began with "When the lions eat") maintains that adventurous and passionate spirit of his ancestors. Our friend León is involved in this novel in a committed role between passions and feelings.
On the one hand he feels that it is due to his country and on the other the discovery of Eva opens up for him like an inalienable enigma. An action-packed novel, with its sex scenes to ignite the blood and twists that appear as evidence of a destiny determined to extract his true self from León ...