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Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter (original 1977; edition 1977)

by Mario Vargas Llosa

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Title:Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter
Authors:Mario Vargas Llosa
Info:Faber Faber Inc (2002), Paperback, 410 pages
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Tags:autobiography, Peru, humour

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Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter by Mario Vargas Llosa (1977)


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I was really into this book at first, but it went on and on and I had a hard time staying focused. The plot wasn't so complex that it needed to be so long, and I began to lose interest in the characters. Every other chapter is a short story, presumably written by the 'scriptwriter' in the title, although they aren't radio scripts they are just stories. I kind of wondered if they were supposed to be short stories written by the main character, borrowing the plots of the scriptwriter? I was hoping there would be more overlapping themes or ideas between the short stories and the main plot (besides the scriptwriters slow slide into delusion), but maybe I missed something? I'm also not big fan of short stories, so after awhile i got annoyed at having to read them and just wanted to finish the book already. It was fun to see a slice of life in Lima, having traveled there recently. ( )
  nicole_a_davis | Oct 23, 2015 |
Vargas Llosa , como ser humano , como persona , como hombre , es alguien que me cae profundamente MAL . Lo considero apenas un poco mejor que cualquier facho nazi y anti-nacional , chupamedia de Europa que con menos educación dice las pelotudeces que se le cantan .

Sin embargo , si es un gran escritor y este libro es una de las pruebas .

Lo mismo que Borges , que si bien fue un reaccionario como persona y muchas cosas desagradables más , nadie puede negar que fue lo mejor que le pasó a la literatura argentina . ( )
  LaMala | Jun 7, 2015 |
'narratives of Mario are nourished by the life around him...Camacho by the fantasies engendered by his disintegrating mind', August 4, 2014

This review is from: Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter: A Novel (Paperback)
Weird and wonderful construction of a novel: in alternate chapters we follow the author's account of his young life in Lima, studying law and starting a forbidden relationship with his (much older and divorced) 'Aunt' Julia. Much more important to him than his studies, are his first efforts at writing, and his job as news editor for a local radio station. And this is where the second strand of the novel comes in. Because one day the station hires a Bolivian writer of radio soap operas - the driven but outlandish Pedro Camacho:
'He's not a man, he's an industry!...He writes all the stage plays put on in Bolivia and acts in all of them. And he also writes all the radio serials, directs them, and plays the male lead in every one of them.'

The alternate chapters are sensationalist stories from Camacho's soap operas (highly entertaining). We pretty soon see a link between these stories, in that each features a man in his 50s with 'broad forehead, aquiline nose, penetrating gaze, the very soul of rectitude and goodness', be he a police inspector, doctor or vermin controller. But as time goes on, Camacho's stories start to become intertwined...

Very enjoyable and readable. ( )
  starbox | Aug 4, 2014 |
Brilliant, amusing, absorbing. The chapters alternate between the narrative and a series of interlaced stories.

The narrative is in the first person by "Mario", an eighteen year-old who writes news scripts for the radio while going to law school and experimenting as a real writer. It centers around his relationship with his Aunt Julia and a writer of melodramatic radio serials, Pedro Camacho. In many ways it has the feel of a normal coming of age memoir/novel, albeit a perceptive, funny and well written one. But the greatest interest is Camacho--an intense "artist" who works 14 hours a day, seven days a week, simultaneously writing and acting in a large number of radio serials.

The series of interlaced stories are like Balzac on acid. Each is ostensibly an independent, extremely melodramatic rendition of a radio serial--all ending with a cliffhanger and reflecting Camacho's strange worldview (e.g., a hatred of Argentine's and a deep belief that men reach the "prime" of their lives in their fifties). The stories get stranger and stranger and characters start migrating between them, sometimes changing names or professions, or coming back to life after they've been killed, and by the end just about all of them die in a bizarre series of cataclysms.

And, of course, the trajectory of Camacho is mirrored in the evolution of the serials themselves. ( )
  nosajeel | Jun 21, 2014 |
It's rare that I'd describe a book's principal quality as being charming, but it definitely applies here. A warm-hearted and funny novel about love, as well as the art and nature of writing, this was a pleasure to read from start to finish. ( )
  roblong | Mar 11, 2014 |
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Mario Vargas Llosaprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lane, HelenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nordenhök, JensTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Torres, Romero deCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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