Pe strada Mântuleasa is an enjoyable book similar to, although much much shorter, [b:One Hundred Years of Solitude|320|One Hundred Years of Solitude|Gabriel García Márquez|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1327881361s/320.jpg|3295655] and [b:The Arabian Nights: Tales from a Thousand and One Nights|93101|The Arabian Nights Tales from a Thousand and One Nights|Anonymous|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1320518022s/93101.jpg|859375] in writing and concept. Zaharia Fărâmă is a primary school director with tons of interesting stories about the lives of some of his students; his only problem is that he cannot (or will not) tell these stories concisely. The stories are fascinating and of interest to certain government officers, who keep Fărâmă under arrest. In the end, the storyline unfolds in a both fulfilling and leaves-you-wondering way. I liked how all those seemingly unrelated events were entwined in each other. It's a pleasant read for a lazy afternoon.