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The Real Life of Alejandro Mayta

by Mario Vargas Llosa

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A classic of its type. he story ranges in a time space continuum ranging back and forth without seeming rhyme or reason which can lead to confusion and abstraction for the chronologically inclined. The story is a political satire on revolution thought and action. Others have reviewed it far better tan I since I write this review with a long hindsight. I am adding this to me reread shelf...Once is never enough for some things and MVL, is one of those authors worth revisiting like an old freind ( )
  Phoenixangelfire | Apr 6, 2014 |
This story of a failed 1950's revolutionary epitomizes the way Vargas Llosa constructs a story. It is told as the story of an author investigating the life of Alejandro Mayta, an idealistic revolutionary from a small left wing party who is involved in a very small coup attempt in the mountains of Peru. Sometimes it is 1958 and the story is being told as it happens; sometimes it is 25 years later and the "author" is interviewing people who knew Mayta as he does research for his novel. Peru in the 80's is shown as a violent, dangerous place. The way the two time periods are run together without any break speaks of the timelessness of certain issues and the difficulty of determining "truth" either as it happens or as it is remembered. Altogether a wonderful book. ( )
  gbelik | Jun 10, 2013 |
A brilliant historical and political novel in which a famous writer chooses to write a book about Alejandro Mayta, a former schoolmate and Trotskyite and who participated in a leftist insurrection in Peru in 1962, which also served as a sharp critique of different political factions and governments within the country and the devastating effect it had on the poor in Lima and elsewhere. Highly recommended! ( )
  kidzdoc | Jul 9, 2011 |
I couldn't decide whether to like or dislike this book at times. The narration constantly shifts between people talking and reminiscing to the writer about THE event in Alejandro's life and the actual action. But wait, not the actual action because that is buried in the mythical past of the revolution, but the writer's fictionalization of his life in order to protect the sources and to make a good story.

This was not my favorite book by Vargas Llosa but intriguing enough to make me want to seek out some of his more well known books. ( )
  jveezer | Oct 22, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0374525552, Paperback)

The Real Life of Alejandro Mayta is an astute psychological portrait of a modern revolutionary and a searching account of an old friend's struggle to understand him. First published in English in 1986, the novel probes the long and checkered history of radical politics in Latin America.

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Set in Peru during a war between U.S. Marines and a Cuban-Bolivian revolutionary army, a fictional memoir characterizes the evolution of a revolutionary, in a psychological portrait of the fanaticism and destruction of revolution.

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