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Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter by Mario…

Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter (1977)

by Mario Vargas Llosa

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Extraordinary. Hilarious. An amazing insight to the writer's beginning and life in Miraflores of that era. I'll look forward to rereading it again. ( )
  ProfH | Jul 10, 2017 |
Based on the other reviews, I can see I'm in the minority here. This book was ok...mildly entertaining, but it didn't really work for me.

This is the story of 18-year-old Mario who falls in love with his much older Aunt (by marriage) Julia and their trials and tribulations as they struggle to keep their relationship secret from the family; and to get married even though Mario is underage and would require parental consent. Funny at times, but the characters were not well developed and the situations were largely unbelievable.

It is also the story of the scriptwriter, Pedro, who writes brilliant, highly popular radio soap operas. Pedro slowly loses his grip on reality, mixing up his characters and confusing the events in his stories. These stories are somewhat interesting, but have nothing to do with Mario and Julia's story.

So, a few chuckles but not really my cup of tea. ( )
  LynnB | May 30, 2017 |
An early novel by the Peruvian Nobel Prize winner, Mario Vargas Llosa, that recalls the beginning of his career as a writer. The story alternates between the account of the love affair of 18 year old Mario and his Aunt Julia ( not a blood relative), a wildly beautiful divorcee who is twice his age, and the manic episodes of a popular radio soap opera written by Pedro Camancho, an obsessive specialist of the bizarre who was hired by the radio station where Mario works.
Wildly comic, this book is sheer delight. ( )
1 vote maryhollis | Feb 20, 2017 |
Awesome twisted storyline. Fast reading. Confusing ar first but once you let go of trying to understand all comes together. Bizarre. Unpredictable. ( )
1 vote kakadoo202 | Oct 24, 2016 |
Take a love-torn teenager, a sexy older woman, an eccentric writer, and a supporting cast of misfit radio artists, romantic friends and enraged relatives and you get this semi-fictional, semi-autobiographical comic novel of life, love and literature.

In 1950ish Lima, Peru, 18-year-old Marito Varguitas studies law and works writing news bulletins for a local radio station’s top-of-the-hour broadcast. There he befriends the station’s new scriptwriter – Pedro Camacho – who can turn out 10 novelas (soap operas) daily. When Marito’s aunt by marriage (no blood relation) arrives from Boliva following an acrimonious divorce, he is quickly smitten. The young man’s aspirations quickly take a back seat to winning the love of Aunt Julia, and the resulting scandal alternately horrifies some family members, while it captures the romantic imagination of others. Meanwhile, Pedro’s intricate plots become more incoherent, and the scriptwriter slowly falls apart.

I really liked this romp of a novel, though I’ll admit to some confusion with the interspersed soap opera plots (which alternate with the main Aunt Julia story). Pedro is portrayed as a pseudointellectual, wanna-be-Bohemian, whose outlandish and intricate plots capture the attention and avid following of the populace. I wish he had played more of a part in the story itself, instead of just serving as a counterpoint to reality. What I’d really like to do now, however, is get my hands on the book that “Aunt” Julia Urquidi wrote in response to her ex-husband’s novel (titled What Little Vargas Didn’t Say. THAT should be an interesting story …
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Mario Vargas Llosaprimary authorall editionscalculated
Lane, HelenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lane, Helen R.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nordenhök, JensTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sabarte Belacortu, MarioleinTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Torres, Romero deCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Yulzari, EmiliyaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Новикова, Л.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To Julia Urquidi Illanes, to whom this novel and I owe so much
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In those long-ago days, I was very young and lived with my grandparents in a villa with white walls in Calle Ocharán, in Miraflores.
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Mario Vargas Llosa's brilliant, multilayered novel is set in the Lima, Peru, of the author's youth, where a young student named Marito is toiling away in the news department of a local radio station. His young life is disrupted by two arrivals.

The first is his aunt Julia, recently divorced and thirteen years older, with whom he begins a secret affair. The second is a manic radio scriptwriter named Pedro Camacho, whose racy, vituperative soap operas are holding the city's listeners in thrall. Pedro chooses young Marito to be his confidant as he slowly goes insane.

Interweaving the story of Marito's life with the ever-more-fevered tales of Pedro Camacho, Vargas Llosa's novel is hilarious, mischievous, and masterful, a classic named one of the best books of the year by the New York Times Book Review.

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Reality merges with fantasy in this hilarious comic novel about the world of radio soap operas and the pitfalls of forbidden passion by the bestselling author of The Storyteller. Sexy, sophisticated, older Aunt Julia, now divorced, seeks a new mate who can support her in high style. She finds instead her libidinous nephew, and their affair shocks both famiy and community.… (more)

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