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April 17, 2011


Considering Vargas Llosas persistent political involvement in Peru, I found it difficult not to read the story at times as a political fable. Fujimori perhaps being represented by the sadistic Japanese smuggler...

Great review!

Yeah, political fable! I can see the appeal, especially with all the patterns and 'types' in the book. But at the same time, if it is a fable, I have a hard time figuring out its intent, or moral ...

completely agree with you, the secondary cast and their storys where the best in this novel.

so passionate and desperate, kind of rare dynamic romance,nowadays not much of this romance we can find,the secondary cast, Richardo,the "bad girl" plus every single detail in the background,were all inevitably and fundamentally important to form this delicate scarce love story which finds its way through politics,arts,business.travels everywhere and gives u a self-created image of how every little thing is felt there,as if you've been there all along.

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