Fermín is a character who has done time as a tramp, and perhaps because of the hunger he’s suffered, he has an insatiable appetite for chocolate.  Living in Switzerland, I can testify as to the reality of its ‘impossibly blue lakes’ and ‘Technicolor green fields’.

‘As a way of repaying Fermín for his infinite patience, Tomás brought him boxes of Swiss chocolates stamped with photographs of impossibly blue lakes, cows parading along Technicolor-green fields and camera-ready cuckoo clocks.’

 

Source: Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind, trans. Lucia Graves (London: Phoenix, 2012), p. 95

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