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Captain Pantoja and the Special Service

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This delightful farce opens as the prim and proper Captain Pantoja learns he is to be sent to Peru’s Amazon frontier on a secret mission for the army—to provide females for the amorous recruits. Side-splitting complications arise as world of Captain Pantoja's remarkable achievements start to spread.

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Paperback, 260 pages
Published October 1st 1990 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published 1973)
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23rd out of 54 books — 25 voters
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Jason
One of Mario Vargas Llosa's earlier novels, at first it appears to be a light farce, albeit an extremely well written one, but it evolves and develops into something much deeper and more moving.

The story is about the straitlaced logistics officer Captain Pantoja who is assigned to set up mobile brothels in the Amazon to divert the troops from pursuing (and often raping) local women. Captain Pantoja brings his astonishing efficiency to the task, with such steps as surveys about how often men need
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Carmo Santos
Quando as altas chefias, confiam ao capitão Pantaleão Pantoja, a missão de organizar um serviço de prostituição, com vista a satisfazer as necessidades íntimas das Forças Armadas peruanas, embrenhadas na selva amazónica, não faziam a menor ideia daquilo em que se estavam a meter.
Dentro do mais absoluto sigilo militar, Panta - o irrepreensível e obcecado oficial - não só leva a cabo a incumbência, como, extrapola com tal empenho e rigidez militar, que transforma o serviço de visitadoras - SVGPFS
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Nikos79
We're talking about a delicious book, which its great trump is satire. Through the tragicomical situations presented through the pages the author manages with an incredibly successful way to satirize to the structure and function of the Peruvian army and all over the spectrum of society. Having tremendous sense of humor, creativity on the characters of the book, creating successful contrasts and giving amazing dialogues, we have a really brilliant text, funny, that relaxes and pleasures the read ...more
Galina
Роман, който не бива да се коментира и преразказва. Самобитна, силна книга, която не мога да сравня с никое друго заглавие. В нея смехът нагарча, сериозното разсмива, а Льоса владее речта до такова съвършенство, че прави с думите каквото си пожелае (чудесен превод). Абсурдни ситуации, описани спокойно и естествено и герои, на които се симпатизира през поклащане на главата с иронична усмивка - брилянтен финал за мен, като читател, на 2012 година!
Elisa
Aunque el estilo de Vargas Llosa está muy presente en esta obra, la verdad es que el tema y la manera en que lo aborda me sorprendió. El que esta novela esté basada en hechos reales la hace aún más chistosa de lo que es por sí sola.

Vargas Llosa no se ruboriza al exponer los vicios humanos en lo que se refiere al sexo y en más de una ocasión tuve que reírme a pesar de las peladeces que estaba leyendo. Nada nuevo pero sí sorprendente porque viene de la pluma de Varga Llosa (considerando que sólo
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Milena
Заслужава повече от три звезди, защото не ми се иска да принизявам Льоса до нивото на доста автори, които са получили от мен по три, че и по повече звезди. И все пак, ако заложим на хипотезата, че давам оценката имайки предвид други книги на Льоса, мисля, че е справедливо :)
С много приятно впечатление в "Панталеон и посетителките" останах от стила - документален, доста телеграфен, и при все това изумително живописен и сетивен. Не бях чела досега такъв Льоса, поне по отношение на стила.

Много ми
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César R. Luna
Se me hizo muy divertido, pero además de lo obvio, plantea un discurso mucho más amplio y profundo que habla de la idiosincracia latinoamericana y cómo en muchas ocasiones llevamos la doble moral como algo inherente a nuestra cultura así como la picardía. A lo largo de la historia vemos la evolución de Pantaleón Pantoja hasta llegar a verlo como una especie de "antihéroe". Por otro lado considero que la novela es poderosa por el estilo de Mario Vargas LLosa, la utilización de los diálogos para h ...more
Joana
É o meu primeiro contacto com este autor e tenho a dizer que achei o livro genial.
Vargas Llosa pega em temas a meu ver revoltantes e bárbaros (o tráfico sexual e o fanatismo religioso) e consegue, através da sua exploração, criar situações completamente irónicas e hilariantes, sem deixar de chocar (pelo menos a mim) pela brutalidade da verdade e denunciar todo um modelo social hipócrita, o que eu acho que é o objectivo.
Gostei muito da escrita, apesar de no início estranhar bastante, e do tom sar
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Nicolas
Well... this one made me laugh from beginning to end. I'm not joking, it's hilarious how something so serious as the military corp is involved with something so opposite as prostitution. They way Vargas gives the story away is so kinky and fun at the same time. You have got to read this, seriously, you won't regret it.
Marwan
الكتاب يصف مهمة سرية يكلف بها ضابط شاب برتمة عقيد ( كولونيل) منضبط عسكريا الى حد الملل ,مفادها تكوين خدمات جنسية للكتائب المرابطة فى الأدغال عن طريق تجنيد أعداد كبيرة من الداعرات و ذلك بسبب تزايد شكوى الأهالى من قيام الجنود بالتحرش بنساء السكان المحليين.
موضوع الكتاب غريب عن منطقتنا العربية برغم أنه موضوع تم القيام به فعليا من قبل جيوش كثيرة سابقا و حاليا و لكن مؤسساتنا العسكرية مثلها مثل مجتمعاتنا الفاضلة لا تتطرق الى هذه الأمور( فهى مثال للعفة و الشرف ! بالطبع!!) و قد أحدثت مسألة نكاح الجهاد و
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Carole
This is an early Vargas Llosa novel (1978) and it displays his sharp wit, clever exposition and facility with farce. An upright and uptight army officer is drafted to set up brothel services to the troops, who are rampaging and ravishing local females in their quest to satisfy their lust. Captain Pantoja is a model soldier devoted to his wife and mother, and he is shocked that he must undertake this project, all in deep secrecy. Captain Pantoja proves to be a terrific organizer, and the project ...more
Mashael Alamri
النقيب بناتليون المخلِص المتفاني في عمله يعيش الجيش في عروقه و لا يتخيل أنه يستغني عن نظام الجيش في حياته أو عن البذلة التي يرتديها والشرائط التي تلصق على كتفه كل عام , يجد نفسه في خيار بين طبيعته المتزنة المستقيمة وبين أمر عسكري من القيادة العليا ليدير " منزل زائرات " للحد من العنف الجنسي الذي تفشى في الحاميات العسكرية على نهر الأمازون حيث أنه لم يعد هناك أسبوع يمر دون شكوى من الأهالي عن حالات اغتصاب يقوم به الجنود لبناتهم وزوجاتهم , يحاول بانتا أن يبقي الأمر طي الكتمان لكن في مدينة صغيرة مثل إ ...more
Христо Блажев
Съвършеният сводник в най-задоволената сексуално армия: http://knigolandia.info/book-review/p...

Първата ми среща с Марио Варгас Льоса протече повече от изненадващо – от Нобелов лауреат очаквах всичко друго, но не и страхотен хумор със сексуална окраска, макар именно забавната тематика на книгата да ми направи впечатление отначало. “Панталеон и посетителките” се чете буквално на един дъх, а след него остава от всичко по малко – има и смях, има и сълзи, има радост, има и горчилка. В малко повече
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Belen
Una divertidísima relectura.

Me acordaba bien de la esencia de la historia pero no de la historia en sí misma, y sobre todo, lo que más me ha "resorprendido", del estilo en que está escrita la novela.


Carcajadas a veces incontroladas pues es realmente cómica. Recordaba un crítica a la burocracia, al papanatismo, al funcionariado que se mira el omblio y no ve más allá peo qué va... es mucho más profunda.

Es una crítica a mucha más cosas, a la doble moral, a la indecisión, a la flojera, a la burocrra
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Jose Angel Soto
Estoy cautivado por el ingenio detrás de Pantaleón y las Visitadoras. Mario Vargas Llosa no sólo logra construir una entretenida anécdota, convierte al gran Pantita en un entrañable personaje que vivirá conmigo para siempre, sino que también logra dar una descripción extraordinaria del psique Peruano y Latinoamericano, en donde las ideas más extremas son posibles y en donde somos capaces de sobrevivir hasta el mayor error de juicio de cualquier autoridad. Los diversos engranes sociales, desde la ...more
Lammoth
Колумбийците се гордеят с Габриел Гарсия Маркес. Аржентинците си имат Хорхе Борхес, а мексиканците - Карлос Фуентес. Бразилците пък се хвалят с Паулу Коелю...добре де, добре, исках да кажа Жоржи Амаду. А чилийците се гордеят с Пабло Неруда. E, както може да се досетите, писателски герой за перуанците е Марио Варгас Льоса.

"Панталеон и посетителките" излиза през 1973 г. и обхваща онези бурни и нестабилни времена в латиноамериканската история, в които насилието и силата са взимали връх. Льоса много
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John Gurney
This enjoyable farce features the by-the-books quartermaster, Captain Pantoja, ordered by the Peruvian military to establish a "special service", a brothel service to improve morale for troops at distant Amazon outposts. This story, which was also made into a movie, follows the success of Pantoja's enterprise, which sets havoc on his health and family as it commandeers his life.

Good novelists aim to minimize backstory and blocks of descriptive prose to keep the pacing. In "Captain Pantoja", Varg
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E.H.
This book starts from a particular premise that may be difficult for some people to swallow: Soldiers living in the middle of the jungle commit more rapes because they have no sexual outlet. Modern Americans, especially those of us who call ourselves feminists, don't conceptualize male sexuality in this way, as an uncontrollable force that requires an outlet somewhere or else it erupts, untamed! But it's entirely conceivable that others, especially army officers, might see it that way, so it's b ...more
David
This book is brilliant, funny and a treat to read from start to finish. What can you say about the Captain, whose life is the army, is given a top job - to create a brothel in the steamy jungles of Peru to service the Peruvian army so the men can be better soldiers? Quite the job and oh yeah, keep it secret, Captain!

Except you have a pregnant wife, a tempting woman called "The Brazilian" and a band of crazy missionaries as your neighbors who like to crucify animals, among other things. Captain P
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Chris Carvajal
ReadingChallenge2015: a book you were supposed to read in school but didn't.

3.5 stars

Éste fue mi primer libro de Mario Vargas Llosa y debo decir que su estilo me atrapó desde el principio. Me gustó mucho que una historia verídica fuera contada de esta forma tan graciosa. El uso de los diálogos, las cartas e informes para contar la historia, la hizo única.

A pesar de que la historia y el desenlace no me mantuvo expectante, la historia fue contada de una forma creativa, rápida y con excelentes per
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Tere
La primera vez que lo leí me tomó un par de páginas entender el estilo narrativo, que saltaba de personaje en personaje entre las oraciones. Después de entenderlo, comenzó a gustarme y finalmente pude disfrutar del libro enteramente. La narración de diálogos se entremezcla con cartas e informes, lo que produce un resultado altamente entretenido. La yuxtaposición entre lo que informa Pantaleón, la manera sumamente formal en que lo hace, versus lo que ocurre en la realidad, la forma en que se mane ...more
Raquel Leite
Sendo este o segundo livro que leio deste escritor, só podia esperar um grande livro.
Pantalão Pantoja é um oficial do exercito que tem como "missão" organizar, com sigilo, uma rede de prostitutas para servir as necessidades das Forças Armadas no Peru.
Para isso muda-se para Iquitos, sem revelar (claro) a sua mãe e á sua mulher. Vestido como um civil, Pantoja vê a sua missão transformada numa enorme "rede" de prostitutas do pais, e tudo fica descontrolado.
A escrita é mais uma vez fantástica, adoro
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Michael
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Margarida Magalhães
Pantaleão e as Visitadoras

É impossível ler este livro sem estar constantemente com um sorriso nos lábios ou soltar fortes gargalhadas em vários momentos da história.

O argumento só por si é insólito: um oficial do exército é contratado pelos seus superiores para organizar um serviço de prostitutas e com isso aplacar as necessidades dos militares isolados na selva amazónica.

Pantaleão… era impossível escolher alguém melhor para esta função, alguém que não gostava de sair à noite, não apreciava bebi
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Víctor Mosqueda Allegri
El primer libro de Mario Vargas Llosa que leí, y probablemente un muy buen libro para iniciarse en su obra, para los que no nos sentimos tan cómodos en sus trabajos más experimentales o más serios. Se trata de un libro que se devora por lo ágil de su escritura, y que plantea un juego de múltiples voces muy interesante para la época. El absurdo de mezclar lenguaje militar con las anécdotas del Servicio de Visitadoras de Pantaleón, hace que las primeras incursiones en los partes de Pantaleón resul ...more
James F
Vargas Llosa's previous novels were all very serious, realistic with much brutality, and deliberately difficult to understand, with shifting viewpoints and confused chronology. This book, on the contrary, is written as a fairly straightforward narrative and in a humorous, satirical vein, somewhat reminiscent of Catch 22 in its sense of military absurdity. It is based on an actual plan of the Peruvian army to secretly provide prostitutes to remote bases (the US armed forces did something similar ...more
Mirna HS
PANTALEON I POSETITELJKE – Mario Vargas Llosa
Ne pamtim kad sam neku knjigu tako dugo čitala... što zbog nekih objektivnih okolnosti koje mi nisu dozvoljavale da se često družim s knjigom, što zbog toga što me ni sama ova knjiga nije „zvala“ na čitanje. I, sada, kada sam je privela kraju...šta o njoj reći?
Llosa je i ovdje razvio jednu neobičnu i simpatičnu ideju, a radi se o sljedećem:
Kapetan Pantaleon Pantoha je persona koja se striktno drži pravila, poprilično dosadan sa svojim cjepidlačenjem
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pierlapo  quimby
Quello che mi fa restare a bocca aperta di Vargas Llosa è che la sua incontenibile, straripante inventiva narrativa trova sempre il giusto sostegno in soluzioni stilistiche originali.
Il cut-up dei dialoghi tra i personaggi di questo romanzo, tutti interrotti da incisi descrittivi via via più lunghi e improbabili, i finti dispacci e le disposizioni militari sono la prova di un vero funambolo dell'arte del racconto.
Gláucia Renata
O metódico e disciplinado capitão Pantoja do exército peruano recebe a "missão militar" de montar um bordel no meio da selva para acabar com o problema do jejum sexual de seus comandados, o que estaria levando à ocorrência de estupros.
O Capitão, no cumprimento cego de seu dever, estabelece regras para criar um perfil rígido e militar às visitadoras, criando situações muito engraçadas.
Julia Rist
My second-favourite book by Vargas Llosa (the first one is Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter); a dark, yet delightful romp, with some hard truths hidden here and there if you care to see them.

Before you dive into the book, remember that this is a portrait of how sexuality and women were viewed in South America nearly about forty years ago. Together with that, it pokes fun at bureaucracies everywhere, particularly in the army.

The story takes place in the small town of Iquitos. There has been a ru
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