'This book made me sad for men.' Tolstoy is my Cat

 

'I finished it with more questions than I had answers. And that was refreshing - too often authors tell you everything, so it was nice to read a book that left it to me to connect the dots for myself.' Tiny Library

 

"When we close the book, when we return to our day-to-day lives, much as the protagonists return from Pamplona to theirs, we are changed: something in our mindset, our bodystructure has altered; the way we see the world outside and within us has been tweaked." Olivia Heal
 

"In many respects, this isn’t the book I usually read. It’s not exactly the characters. And, mind you, the subject matter isn’t necessarily hypermasculine—the road trip, the boxing, the bull-running: these are generally male matters, but they don’t make the book male. What made me apprehensive was that it seemed like the language was male, if only because it reminds most readers of the hard-edged brevity of Dead White Guy-Giants, Hemingway and Kerouac."Sacha & The Silverfish

  

"Tomorrow Pamplona is both fast and slow, as if moments in a boxing match have been slowed down for analysis, before throwing us back in the thick of the it."Decoding Static

 

"There are three scenes in particular which stand out to me as most effectively utilising the characterisation of Danny as a boxer, and the physicality which comes with that: the opening scene of Danny travelling on foot; the sequence at the Bull Run itself; and the critical incident that set Danny on the road. The book is engaging throughout, but I found those three scenes especially powerful."Follow the Thread

 

"What happens to Danny and Robert in Pamplona will force them both to confront their existence. They may have covered hundreds of miles on the road down to Spain but the bulk of their personal journey occurs in the few hundred feet of cobbled streets they share with each other, with the bulls, and with their conscience." Just William's Luck

 

"To summarise: Should a testosterone-fuelled narrative in the spirit of Hemingway and Kerouac exert a positive pull, read this. Should it sound like a load of bull, flee! P.S I liked the ending. At least the two adventurers were man enough to face the music!" Lizzy's Literary Life

 

"Tomorrow Pamplona is a powerful book about internal demons, dissatisfaction, anger, remorse, and obsession. ... I have come to expect literary excellence from Peirene Press, and I was not disappointed with Tomorrow Pamplona." Caribousmom

 

"Tomorrow Pamplona stands quite on its own as a terse, taut exploration of the psychology of reaction. It's also a great gift idea for that guy who's hard to shop for." This Book and I Could be Friends

 

"There have been loads of books written from a female perspective on love and life, but it was great to read a book that caught the male experience so well. I think we all are Danny at some point in our lives, the confused let down in love guy that maybe can’t get a hold of his feels." Winstonsdadsblog 

 

"There’s a wonderful dreaminess about the passages in Pamplona itself. It’s an experience which is supposed to be visceral and to make them feel alive, and yet Danny seems more detached than ever. It’s as if he’s a spectator to events that are happening to someone else. Even as the bulls are charging, nothing seems real."Andrew Blackman

 

"I enjoyed the way the train of thoughts were used to give clues to the past. What I didn’t enjoy was the fact that there are no quotes used to denote the speech. You just have to pick it out yourself from the tenor of the writing.This was an interesting read but definitely not my favorite from Peirene." Amy Reads 
 

"Tomorrow Pamplona is a book about almost everything and more – it is about love, family, betrayal, and all this on a road to self-discovery." Of Books and Reading

 

"Were it a film, Tomorrow Pamplona would keep your eyes glued to the screen. Being a book, it keeps your eyes glued to its pages and makes your fingers itch with anticipation!" Book after Book

 

"If Paulo Coelho provides food for thought then Van Mersbergen provides the ingredients – but you’ll have to roast the chicken yourself. And you get less of a finished story than a lot of books that leave you with multiple options for what happens next – yet at the same time you instinctively know what will happen." The Worm Hole 

 

"This tale of boxer and family man making their way to the running of the bulls at Pamplona is very much its own beast, and defies the easy comparison to Hemingway.... Van Mersbergen’s prose runs as quickly as the bulls, and we are left breathless at the journey."  sociallyacceptable

 

"There’s no mistaking it – Tomorrow Pamplona is a very masculine novel. It combines boxing and bull-running with two men on a road-trip; but thankfully, there is much more to it than just those testosterone-fuelled scenarios."  Gaskella

 

"The style of the book is really what made me enjoy Tomorrow Pamplona so much. The narrative has an uncommon flow to it. The writing is fast paced, and yet it allows you room to breathe." Iris on Books

 

"This would make a fantastic film, that tense air of claustrophobia, the dialogue between the two characters, the backdrop of the bull run ... But I’d be worried that a wonderful book, would get that “Hollywood” treatment, ruining the subtlety behind it’s facade." The Parrish Lantern
 

"It isn’t a book that utters a lot of words. It is a quiet book that holds a lot of truths and a great story. I highly recommend it." Notes from the North

 

"there's a feeling of latent violence throughout that is more common in thrillers/whodunnits than in literary fiction. **** " Our Book Reviews

 

"It's a hell of a ride. ... There is a sense of barely restrained rage lurking beneath the taciturn exterior .... Just how happy is he with his life, and to what extent is he prepared to go to feel alive?" Tony's Reading List