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Conversation in the Cathedral (1969)
by Mario Vargas Llosa
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3.25 ( )
According to the author, this book was written in a lapse of several years and in different cities. My opinion is that the author was drunk trying to accomplish this work. Not for everyone. Like some of the reviews mentioned, the narration goes back and forward but is not clear at what moment in time and who is speaking.
I really liked some parts of the book and I love Mario Vargas-Llosa but I had trouble getting excited about the youthful political chapters. Even though it was well written, the posturing and pretentiousness of that age were irritating to me.
A complicated historical novel that speaks to the importance of personal freedom.
Not for everyone. The narration goes back and forth in the story and some of the story lines interrupt each other. It makes sense in the end if you have the patience to get that far. Very well written the translator did a great job.
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ET Tascabili [Einaudi] (564)
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Œuvres romanesques I, II by Mario Vargas Llosa (indirect)
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"Conversation in the Cathedral takes place in 1950s Peru during the dictatorship of Manuel A. Odria. Over beers and a sea of freely spoken words, the conversation flows between two individuals, Santiago and Ambrosia, who talk of their tormented lives and of the overall degradation and frustration that has slowly taken over their town. Through a complicated web of secrets and historical references, Mario Vargas Llosa analyzes the mental and moral mechanisms that govern power and the people behind it."--BOOK JACKET.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)863.64 — Literature Spanish and Portuguese Spanish fiction 20th Century 1945-2000
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