Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter
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... show more
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.
Publish date: October 2nd 2007
Pages no: 384
Edition language: English
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The novel unties itself in two clear storylines. The odd chapters are are dedicated to the story of Mario (Varguitas for friends, and yes, the autobiographical reference is clearer than my skin in the middle of July), "a sort of intellectual" who works at Radio Panamericana while he nurtures the "pa...
I found myself underwhelmed by Borges and Marquez; their brand of "magical realism" turned out not to be my cuppa. I found myself much, much happier with Mario Vargas Llosa's Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter. The book's chapters alternate between young "Marito's" first person account of his love affa...
Lima, anni ’50. Pedro Camacho, il “Balzac creolo” prolifico autore boliviano di drammi radiofonici. Le sue storie originali, truculente, surreali, lo rendono famoso in breve tempo. La furia narrativa e la fantasia malata, lo condurranno alla pazzia. Le narrazioni si faranno sempre più ingarbugliate,...
I think I have come finally across a writer of Latin American origin who far surpasses Garcia Marquez's ability in terms of engaging a reader.Aunt Julia and The Scriptwriter is a delightfully quirky tale of an illicit romance and the slow descent into madness of a brilliant scriptwriter. The main na...
I quite enjoyed the first and second books, but I feel the third kind of fell flat. The writing style felt a bit disjointed and thrown together. Another one where BookLikes imported the review from Goodreads but placed it on the incorrect book