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La ciudad y los perros (Spanish Edition) (original 1962; edition 2016)

by Mario Vargas Llosa (Author)

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Title:La ciudad y los perros (Spanish Edition)
Authors:Mario Vargas Llosa (Author)
Info:ALFAGUARA (2016), 436 pages
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Rating:*****
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[Segunda lectura]
Tuve que leerlo un poco apresurado, para una clase. Esta segunda vuelta ya estaba familiarizado con la historia y la estructura, se me hizo muchísimo más sencillo. Sigo pensando que es una novela genial.


[Primera lectura]
[b:La ciudad y los perros|60142|La ciudad y los perros|Mario Vargas Llosa|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1388862058s/60142.jpg|2115431] es una novela extraordinaria. A pesar de ser la primera novela que publicó Mario Vargas Llosa, está muy lejos de ser una obra de juventud. La novela está estructurada de una forma tan compleja y experta que resulta, al comienzo, muy difícil de leer (yo la comencé a leer un par de veces hace varios años, sin poder terminar el primer capítulo. Tal vez me hacía falta mucha experiencia lectora).
Ésta NO es una novela fácil en ningún sentido de la palabra: requiere concentración, tiempo y esfuerzo encontrarle el hilo, un hilo casi invisible que, a veces, parece desaparecer entre las líneas. Si te atreves a leerla, muchas veces sentirás que no sabes quién te está hablando, sentirás que oyes un coro de voces desconocidas. No desesperes. Llosa no te va a tomar de la mano, su obra es una trampa en la que puedes entrar solamente por tu cuenta. Tampoco es una obra fácil desde el punto de vista emocional: se requiere mucho estómago para digerir sucesos tan brutales, palabras tan incisivas, ambientes tan llenos de impotencia y humillación. Pero, cuando llegas a la última página, sientes haber atravesado un campo de batalla, sientes una libertad que sólo los náufragos conocen cuando tocan el puerto del que zarparon.
Muchas veces nos negamos el placer de leer a un puñado de autores por no estar de acuerdo con sus posturas políticas, con sus opiniones, con sus afiliaciones: Mishima, Pound, Hamsun... la lista sigue y sigue. Llosa me enseñó que hacer eso es una tremenda estupidez. Puede caerme antipático, puedo pensar lo que sea de sus ideas, pero no puedo negar que La ciudad y los perros es una pequeña obra maestra. ( )
  LeoOrozco | Feb 26, 2019 |
En La ciudad y los perros, Mario Vargas Llosa demuestra una madurez literaria extraordinaria que en adelante irá en aumento hasta alcanzar un estilo depuradísimo y un sitio de primera fila entre los escritores contemporáneos. ( )
  Meslivres33 | Nov 17, 2018 |
Set in Lima in a military academy. The life of the young men is portrayed as tough and confusing. ( )
  Tifi | Dec 18, 2016 |
Hay fragmentos de la historia que me recuerda a mi infancia ( )
  HectorAguirre | Apr 13, 2016 |
Vargas Llosa’s first novel, written in 1963 when he was 27, shows his talent as a novelist. It centers on a group of young cadets in the Leoncio Prado Military Academy, which he himself attended from the age of 14 to 16, and the underworld of violence and drinking there.

The young men are frequently cruel and engage in some pretty disgusting acts (I’m tempted to describe one of them that occurs 33 pages in, but I’ll refrain from doing so). However, I don’t think this was the reason that the book caused an immediate outrage and ceremonial book burnings in Peru when it was published; I think it’s because it showed the sordid reality of life as a cadet, and the hypocrisy and corruption in the leaders of the academy.

While there is bullying and jealousy over girls that leads to violence, there are no heroes or villains here, and that’s to Vargas Llosa’s credit. It’s very strange to me that the English title was made “The Time of the Hero” in light of this; the original is quite simply “The City and the Dogs” in Spanish. Vargas Llosa uses multiple narrators and interleaved flashbacks, occasionally dabbling in stream of consciousness writing, and shows understanding of the psychology for all of his characters. In an understated way he explains their pasts and what formed them, and he also shows the sense of honor that some of them have despite their heinous outward actions. I also liked the ‘surprise’ which he cleverly builds up over the back half of the book.

Just this quote, in the preface, from Sartre:
“We play the part of heroes because we’re cowards, the part of saints because we’re wicked: we play the killer’s role because we’re dying to murder our fellow man: we play at being because we’re liars from the moment we’re born.” ( )
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Quando il vento dell'alba irrompe sulla Perla spingendo la nebbia verso il mare e dissolvendola, e il cortile del Collegio Militare Leoncio Prado si schiarisce come una stanza piena di fumo non appena si spalancano le finestre, sulla soglia del capannone appare sbadigliando un soldato anonimo che avanza stropicciandosi gli occhi verso le camerate dei cadetti.
— È della prima compagnia? — chiese.

— Sì, signor capitano, — disse Pezoa. — Del primo reparto.

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Ricardo Arana, signor capitano. — Esitò un istante e aggiunse: — Lo chiamano lo Schiavo.
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A powerful social satire which outraged the authorities of the author's native Peru, where 1000 copies were publicly burned.

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La novela contiene diferentes narradores e historias entrelazadas que tienen como eje principal la vida de un grupo de estudiantes de un colegio militar de Lima. Las historias del Poeta (proveniente de una familia con comodidad econaomica), el Jaguar (producto de la violencia y pobreza de su pasado) y el Esclavo (incapaz de enfrentar el ambiente violento) nos muestran las grandes desigualdades y conflictos de la sociedad peruana. La convivencia dramaatica de estos personajes en el colegio militar es un ejemplo de las dificultades de interrelaciaon que se dan en la sociedad.--Descripciaon de la editorial.Four cadets form a secret group to beat the confinement of their military academy. This sets off a chain of events that starts with a theft and ends in murder.… (more)

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