This richly peopled, compellingly readable book explores woman in her many roles as mystic, mother, daughter and lover. There is Iris with her "winsome wonsome" ways, no longer young; there is Charlotte, the legendary and troubled debutante who has fled from society; and there is the narrator, Anna, who feels that her emotional life has folded until she meets the young Spanish girl, Catalina.
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Anna escaping the end of a passionate relationship, travels to a conservative spanish town, where she is always observed, and observes.She has a few adventures, runs into a long ago acquaintance, struggles to find accomodation she can settle into, falls into disparate love with a maid from the hotel. Is rescued by an alcoholic artist whose got a armful of unreliable stories. At times i felt i was reading an hallucinatory tale - I think i would have read this book completely differently if I'd picked it up 30 years ago, but I think it's a bit dated and it's themes are unclear.