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In 'The Cubs and Other Stories' Vargas Llosa's domain is the Peru of male youth and machismo, where life's dramas play themselves out on the soccer field, on the dance floor and on street corners.
Paperback, 139 pages
Published August 23rd 1999 by Faber & Faber (first published 1959)
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Jeff Jackson
Dec 31, 2011 Jeff Jackson rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jeff by: Roberto Bolano
Bolano singled out "The Cubs" (along with Cortazar's "The Pursuer," Marquez's "No One Writes to the Colonel," and Donoso's "Hell Has No Limits") as one of the most important works of the Latin American Boom period. I wasn't impressed with the few later works I'd read by Vargas Llosa, but this early novella is technically dazzling - written in first and third person simultaneously, fluidly switching between individual and group perspectives and back again within the same sentence, sometimes the s...more
Alberto Jacobo Baruqui
¡Que tiempos aquellos! Una historia de juventud y escolares, llena de amistad, aventura y madurez.
Envuelta por el machismo de la sociedad, nuestro cuate Cuellar el "Pichula" es el elegido en la historia para llevar un pesado papel: La castración por Judas, el perro de la escuela.
Con toda su repercusion y marginación sociales esta historia se encargará de reflejar la personalidad colectiva del grupo de amigos y del barrio Limeño hasta llevar a Cuellar a su fatal desenlace.

Un espejo de una socie...more
Angel
Si algo recuerdo de la primer novela que leí de Mario Vargas Llosa es la forma como identifiqué a los personajes de La Ciudad y Los Perros y los pude mapear en mi universo conocido incluyendo lugares y ambientes.

Tal vez fue por el momento en que la leí y que los personajes tenían aproximadamente mi edad sin embargo ahora que regresé a leer de nuevo a este autor me encuentro con la misma sensación y aprecio más su capacidad de meterme en el relato hasta los huesos.

Una vez más vemos la vida de lo...more
David
Los Jefes was the first published book for Vargas Llosa in 1959. It comprises of six short stories all on the theme of youth and his native Peru. The stories Los Jefes (The Leaders), El desafio ( The Challenge) Dia Domingo (Day Sunday) feature the dialogue of the young men that is focused on frustration, politics, drinking and lots of bravado. El hermano menor (The Younger Brother) and Un visitante (The Visitor) were more challenging stories centered on the theme of someone being wronged or dupe...more
Tiare
"Los Jefes". Libro de cuentos de un joven Vargas Llosa. No siguen una estructura lineal, por lo que sólo a medida que avanza la historia el lector se entera de lo que realmente está pasando. La violencia, la juventud y el concepto del macho son algunos de los temas recurrentes. Todos los cuentos me agradaron. Mi favorito: "El visitante". El que menos me gustó: "El abuelo".

"Los cachorros". Pequeño relato que parece un anticipo a "La ciudad y los perros". La virilidad abordada a través de una hist...more
Isabel
As some random person told me, Vargas Llosa stories are full of hopelessness, they leave a bad taste in our mouth, or rather in our heart. He tells his-story as it is, no suddenly saving his characters, just like an imparcial, unfeeling judge.
In the first collection of stories, "Los Jefes", there is always some mischievous twist. Only one of them has what we consider a 'happy ending', but all are beautifully written.
The second part "Los cachorros" is longer and what I really liked about it is...more
Israel Pompa-Alcalá
Este libro hay que entenderlo de la siguiente manera: En la parte de Los Jefes, tenemos a un Vargas Llosa dueño de una narrativa extraordinaria, pero con ciertas deficiencias al culminar sus relatos: algunos facilones, algunos cursis, algunos más apresurados. No obstante, si uno pasa por alto los errores naturales del escritor joven, notará que hay algo ahí: una prosa por pulir. Después: Los Cachorros: pequeña obra maestra, llena de terreno, lenguaje, estructura, valor y provocación. El primer V...more
Hazael Jaramillo molina
En este libro, Vargas Llosa nos presenta una serie de historias llenas de desesperanza, historias en las que el autor retrata una realidad cruda, en la que solamente en una de las historias, el personaje principal logra tener lo que podría considerarse “un final feliz”.
Michael Vagnetti
Once you stop trying to "situate" this collection within the "author's career arc," what does it do for you? For me, this book was not as much an extension of "I," but as "we": there are groups of rivals and mates "around the page." I admire, how an awareness of community is almost like a unit of narrative organization. I noticed an almost political skill, a sensation of influences: how characters try to help each other, but also find out information about each other. An inclusive, if not entire...more
Paolo
I cuccioli (anno pubblicazione 1967) - I differenti punti di vista degli amici, proposti dall'autore con un'articolata intersezione di voci, raccontano la storia di Cuéllar, un bambino che viene castrato da un cane. La vicenda, ambientata a Lima, porterà Cuéllar nel corso degli anni ad allontanarsi dagli amici, a rifiutare i canoni predefiniti della società borghese, a sfidare la vita. Quella vita che Cuéllar definisce una gran fregatura: lavorare, bere, sempre lo stesso, poi, d'improvviso, s''i...more
Alejandro
El Big Bang del Boom
Alejandro Teruel
Comienzo por advertir que las cuatro estrellas son más producto de la nostalgia y del impacto que me produjo la irreverencia, desenfado y naturalidad del estilo que desarrolló en lo que se considera la primera etapa de su obra, muy cercano al estilo desarrollado por Julio Cortázar en algunos de sus cuentos y posteriormente continuado exitosamente por Alfredo Bryce Echenique, entre otros.

Dos de los cuentos incluídos, a saber El desafío y Día domingo provienen de su primer libro publicado, la cole...more
Katsumi
Catching up on some earlier Vargas Llosa. The title novella recounts the adolescence and, later, the self-destructive young adulthood of ""P.P."" Cuellar, who as a boy was attacked by a Great Dane in the locker room of his Catholic boys' school and partially castrated ("". . . the shits, the my Gods, the get outs, the screams, the get losts, the get goings, the brothers' desperation, their terrible fright""). Though handsome, he obviously keeps himself distant from girls, compensating by being e...more
miaaa
Oct 22, 2009 miaaa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to miaaa by: Ronny
If someone ask: 'What did you remember most from high school?' What would be the answer? First snog? Skipping classes? First love?

Reading 'The Leaders' in this Llosa's short stories brought me back to the days I spent in a private Methodist High School. Our Headmaster was our common enemy, in our graduation book someone even mentioned his saliva-bursts when conducted tireless speeches about our 'disobedience'.

One day, out of nowhere, he stated a rule that none of the students were allowed to b...more
Seth Hansen
My first book that I've read entirely in a foreign language, so it's an interesting experience for me just because of that. This is a collection of Llosa's first short stories, and he admits in the foreward that they are not his best work. But they are the beginnings of an author whose work has now earned him a Nobel Literature Prize. The stories all take place in mid 20th century Peru. "Los Jefes" chronicles a student strike; "Los Cachorros" is a story with a chaotic structure, telling the life...more
El
Mar 06, 2009 El rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to El by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (208/1001)
It seems sort of fitting that the first Vargas Llosa book I pick up is a small collection of short stories, the first of his translated into English. "The Cubs", the first story, refers to a group of children (the Cubs in question), one of which has been castrated under accidental circumstances. The broken English makes the text flow slowly, at least for me trying to read it on the bus while ignoring the crazy lady whose purse needs an entire seat for itself while her kids snore loudly (when the...more
Guillermo Torres Chestaro
Los Cachorros

Los Cachorros

es buena, el uní o problema es que el autor utiliza demasiadas expresiones locales y regionalismos que entorpecen el entendimiento.
Fabian
All these stories deal with youth in Peru. Boys have cliques and become so dependent on one another... I dunno, all I can say is that I am so happy to be gay! There are several rites of passage and pseudo machismo... I am glad I did without; really glad I didn't have to deal with these things. Most of the stories, particularly "The Cubs" and "On Sunday" are poignant (The titular work is perhaps comperable to the great novellas, like "Ivan Illych" and "Death in Venice"). There is uber-nostalgia f...more
Rosemary
From the back of the book: in 'The Cubs and Other Stories' Vargas Llosa's domain is the Peru of male youth and machismo, where life's dramas play themselves out on the soccer field, on the dance floor and on street corners.

A little too much focus on the machismo in some of the stories for me - 'The Cubs' in particular just seemed to go on and on and on - but I enjoyed others.
Adriana Garza
Mi cuento favorito: Día domingo
Andrea
May 24, 2011 Andrea rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Andrea by: Mané Lagos
I connected more with this novel the second time around. Vargas Llosa's experimentation with pacing is impressive, to say the least, because you just cannot stop reading. It sucks you in and carries you along as if in a whirlwind. I was more sympathetic to Cuéllar's character this time, perhaps because I understood the plot better than I did when I read it in Spanish (the original is so full of slang that it is difficult even for a native or near-native speaker who doesn't hang around with a lot...more
Lis
"los jefes" are mostly short stories involving violence and someone standing up for themselves. i didn't really get the last one, but a few were very good.

"los cachorros" is a short book in itself about a boy castrated by a dog. it does not follow the rules of grammar. for example, there may be dialogue between two characters, not necessarily identified, and a narrator comment, all within one sentence without any quotes.
Julie
I read "Los cachorros" but not "Los jefes." Los cachorros rocks. I'll always remember our eighth grade project based on this novella, in which we made a movie version with our crappy 90's home video camera. My friend's dog played the role of the rabid beast that castrates the main character; he's the same kind of dog as Toto so he wasn't exactly suited for the role, but what's a middle schooler gonna do, right?
Francisco
Me encantó, especialmente Los cachorros (aunque me dejó triste: me pasé todo el libro esperando que le fuera bien al protagonista). Los cuentos me atraparon enseguida y tuve que dejar pasar un poco de tiempo entre cada uno para absorber lo que acababa de leer: me dejaron pensando. Probablemente lea todo de nuevo dentro de unos días.
Aby Gimeno
A ver... No es que me haya gustado ni mucho ni poco ni regulín ni regulán es otro de los libros que piden en las PAU de Aragón. La verdad es que me ha llamado la atención la forma de escribir ya que todo lo de los diálogos era demasiado directo y me lié en más de una ocasión.
Sebastián
Interesante la narrativa de Vargas Llosa. El autor analiza la transición y enfoca la identidad peruana. Además, la ubica maravillosamente en un contexto histórico. Se rescata el comportamiento de cólera e ira en algunos personajes, reflejo de un cuestionamiento autoritario.
Leonardo Melo
Aug 04, 2008 Leonardo Melo rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Leonardo by: my math teacher
Mi profesor de matematicas en el colegio nos leia escritores latinoamericanos cuando habia terminado de ensenarnos la materia del dia. Cuando nos leyo "los cachorros" me fascino, me gusto mucho el estilo, pues no se parecia a nada que hubiera leido antes.
Marzena
A set of stories by Llosa was my first encounter with this writer, and it was a fine one. His writing is interesting, narration is fast and it sometimes seems chaotic, but there is a pattern in the stories so once you get it, you won't be distracted.
Josué
No es malo, es bueno, a su manera, pero creo que no necesito leer lo que pasa día a día, prefiero un poco de fantasía dónde me sienta identificado
Lisa
Okay, I haven't finished Los cachorros, but Los jefes was good. several short stories dealing with struggles for power in sort of unlikely situations. Los cachorros is also short stories, but I am less clear what I am reading about.
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