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Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter (1977)

by Mario Vargas Llosa

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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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A monumental bore. I had high hopes when I found this book. Author unknown to me so my first take was that this book would be a total score, it sounded like it would be great read. It is certainly a unique story, but I found it wholly uninteresting... and it just dragged on forever. There was the occasional flowery prose, and there was even a sentence or two reminiscent of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and it wasn’t a bad novel per se but I quickly found myself wanting ALL the characters to perish in some unspeakable manner like in the later Pedro Camacho serials. ( )
  Picathartes | Oct 29, 2020 |
I had a hard time getting into this book, mainly because I was much more interested in the weird soap opera stories interspersed than the tribulations of the main character, a stand in for Vargas Llosa himself. He takes the true-to-life romance between himself and his aunt-by-marriage, and wraps it around the story of an obsessive radio soap opera writer, and both the writer and the progressively more confusing soap opera stories are the heart of this novel about storytelling. Ultimately, however, I enjoyed it. ( )
  ffortsa | Nov 11, 2019 |
As a struggling writer, eighteen year old Marito (Mario) makes ends meet by writing news stories for a local Peruvian radio station while in law school. He welcomes two new distractions into his life and uses them to spice up his storytelling: his beautiful aunt (by marriage only), Julia, and the brilliant but crazy radio scriptwriter, Pedro Comancho. Thirteen years his senior, Aunt Julia begins a clandestine romance with Mario and at the same time Comancho takes Marito under his wing as his ever-growing confused confidant.
It is the differing point of view narratives that keep the story interesting as the reader bounces between the first person account of Marito and Comancho’s soap opera dramas told in the third person.

As an aside, when Aunt Julia says she’s old enough to be Marito’s mother I just had to do the math. Julia is only thirteen or fourteen years older than Mario. Yes, fourteen year olds have babies. It is possible, but it made me shudder all the same. ( )
  SeriousGrace | Jul 25, 2019 |
In this comic novel, Mario, an 18 year-old law student & radio news-editor, falls for his divorced, 32 year-old Aunt Julia. The story of their affair is interwoven with episodes from a series of radio soap-operas written by Mario's friend, Pedro Comacho. SOFT
  JRCornell | Jan 29, 2019 |
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 |
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Adler, HeidrunTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lane, HelenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Sabarte Belacortu, MarioleinTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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.

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