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The Worms Can Carry Me to Heaven by Alan Warner
The Worms Can Carry Me to Heaven is narrated by 40-year-old Spanish playboy, Manolo Follana. He lives a hedonistic life, turning his back on his wives, books, and music. He discovers that he has "The Condition" (HIV) and sets about reflecting on his life, although one must wonder how suspect his memories really are. His lovers are the forefront of his memories, trying to discern which one might have infected him. He meets a homeless immigrant, Ahmed, who also suffers from the same malady. A friendship evolves, or at least Manolo has an audience for his recollections. Alan Warner's novel has received positive reviews with The Independent saying, "His narrator is an incredible egotist, convinced that everything about his life is fascinating. But at the same time Warner displays enormous artistry in craftily constructing the story so that the string of seemingly random recollections builds up a brilliant portrayal not just of his narrator but of the human condition."
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