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The Bad Girl by Mario Vargas Llosa
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The Bad Girl (2006)

by Mario Vargas Llosa

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    Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert (browner56)
    browner56: The stories of two women, separated by 150 years, who search desperately for something they never find. Flaubert's legendary protaganist is the role model for Vargas Llosa's "bad girl".
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E' difficile dare un giudizio per questo bel romanzo: è un libro troppo buono per uno scrittore 'normale' e, forse, troppo poco per Vargas Llosa.
Della serie della tía Julia , ma quanto più malinconico di quello (non per niente tra i due romanzi sono trascorsi trenta anni).
Inizio un po' faticoso perchè da subito è chiaro l'andamento del racconto e sembra che le molte pagine che aspettano la lettura non saranno in grado di reggere la nostra attenzione (è troppo poco, varguitas); la parte centrale è invece molto coinvolgente per appiattirsi ancora un po' nel capitolo finale e in tutto il resto in cui la niña mala diventa 'buona'.
Più della struggentemente improbabile storia d'amore sono memorabili i personaggi di contorno e le loro storie/vite che VL sciorina per noi, capitolo dopo capitolo, con la sua meravigliosa dote di 'raccontatore di storie'. il rivoluzionario, il traduttore, il vecchio mago dei frangiflutti, lo zio Agilulfo ecc.

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  icaro. | Aug 31, 2017 |
Ricardo the narrator tells his own life story, that of a Peruvian man eking out a modest living as an interpreter and translator who at least has succeeded in doing this in the city of his dream, Paris. A potentially banal scenario, but even without the intrusion of la niña mala Vargas LLosa manages as always to produce a richly observed and interesting story, populated with beautifully drawn characters seen through the eyes of a gallant and intelligent man. The bad girl is an extraordinary and utterly believable woman who repeatedly interrupts his bachelor peace, reawakening the devotion he feels for her from their first meeting at 14 years old. Even while recognising her as a social climbing vamp, he remains passionate about her for life despite the apparent finality of each parting and the thoughtless cruelty with which they are executed. The writing is impressive for the way in which it caused me to relate to and empathise with this charming, bookish man, recognising what drew him to this woman. La niña mala is a total bitch who I could never wish to count among my friends or acquaintances and yet her effect on Ricardo is such that one feels drawn to her and wishes to experience the magnetism she exerts.

Mario Vargas Llosa is one of the finest living writers, artful and erudite without being arty or intellectual. I must fill out my collection of his works. ( )
  tchelyzt | Jul 15, 2017 |
Review can also be found in http://chillandreadblog.wordpress.com/2016/11/27/the-bad-girl-by-mario-vargas-ll...

“The bad Girl” is a love obsession story, between Ricardo and the woman with the thousands names, the bad girl as Ricardo calls her. They meet when Ricardo is a teenager and the hook together, even though they are not officially together. Ricardo instantly fells in love with her and this is only for a lifetime. The girl turns out to be a fraud, so she disappears as the fraud is revealed, only for the two of them to meet again, years later in Paris. Ricardo is now working as an interpreter for UNESCO and she is a revolutionary Comrade Arlette, on her way to Cuba. She refuses they ever met, but Ricardo could never forget the love of his life. Through their 40 year or so history, they meet and separate many times, yet Ricardo’s feelings never really change.

In this book, Vargas Llosa is exploring the human nature. He is going for the big love and the amount of pain a lover can tolerate, so long as the lover’s partner is reachable. It is about the amount of humiliation a man can take in, when he is madly, deeply in love with a woman, that he would actually do anything for her, even give his own life. This is a behavior not often found nowadays, yet it does raises some questions.

On the other hand, we come to read about the type of woman, that have met both huge poverty and richness and would do anything to avoid the first and gain anything she can on the second, at all costs and by all means. Would someone that never cares about other people’s feeling, ever regret for their actions?

Mario Vargas Lliosa is a Peruvian author that was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for the year 2010, “for his cartography of structures of power & his trenchant images of the individual’s resistance, revolt, and defeat”. ( )
  GeorgiaKo | Nov 26, 2016 |
Vargas-Llosa-lite but it is still more entertaining and heartfelt than most books ( )
  ltfitch1 | Jun 5, 2016 |
3.5 Stars ( )
  averybird | Dec 28, 2015 |
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Det är inte särskilt intressant i längden att höra vad Ricardo tycker om det mesta och det är inte bra när gestaltningen blir en förevändning för tyckande, alltså tveklöst författarens eget.
 
Das eigentliche Happyend aber folgt sofort: Vargas Llosa, dieser listige, kunstfertige Romancier, bietet dem Leser eine literarische Lösung an: dem Ich-Erzähler Ricardo wird indirekt durch das böse Mädchen ein Lob zuteil, das auf den Autor Mario Vargas Llosa als Verfasser dieses Liebesromans hindeutet und so dem bösen Mädchen, .das das letzte Wort hat, auch jede Absolution zuteil wird
 
Der Leser fühlt sich von diesem großen Autor einmal wieder bewegt, belehrt und belustigt und (je nach Alter) beinahe gerührt an Zeiten erinnert, in denen alles besser werden sollte.
 

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Ricardo Somocurcio is in love with a bad girl. He loves her as a coy teenager known as "Lily" in Lima in 1950, when she flits into his life one summer and disappears again without explanation. He loves her still when she reappears as a revolutionary in 1960s Paris, then later as Mrs. Richardson, the wife of a wealthy Englishman, and again as the mistress of a sinister Japanese businessman in Tokyo. However poorly she treats him, he is doomed to worship her. Charting Ricardo's expatriate life through his romances with this shape-shifting woman, Vargas Llosa has created a beguiling epic romance about the life-altering power of obsession. [From Book's Back Cover]

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A New York Times Notable Book of 2007

"Splendid, suspenseful, and irresistible . . . A contemporary love story that explores the mores of the urban 1960s--and 70s and 80s."--
The New York Times Book Review

Ricardo Somocurcio is in love with a bad girl. He loves her as a teenager known as "Lily" in Lima in 1950, when she flits into his life one summer and  disappears again without explanation. He loves her still when she reappears as a revolutionary in 1960s Paris, then later as Mrs. Richardson, the wife of a wealthy Englishman, and again as the mistress of a sinister Japanese businessman in Tokyo. However poorly she treats him, he is doomed to worship her. Charting Ricardo's expatriate life through his romances with this shape-shifting woman, Vargas Llosa has created a beguiling, epic romance about the life-altering power of obsession.

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Presents the story of a love affair between a Peruvian translator and an adventurous and independent woman, "the bad girl, " as it unfolds over the course of forty years, from Lima to London, Paris, Tokyo, and Madrid.

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