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Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter by Mario Vargas Llosa
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Dec 29, 2010

it was amazing

Vargas Llosa won the Nobel Prize for Literature. It was Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter that brought him to the Nobel Committee's attention. It is a remarkable piece of work.

Aunt Julia and the Script Writer is a deranged masterpiece, a comic coming of age story about young Mario, who has fallen in love with his sexy aunt. Interleaved with this story are the tales of a Bolivian script writer, who has enthralled Lima with his radio soap operas. The book grows progressively more absurd and surreal, as the comic inventions of the script writer lead to real-world chaos. It's a soap opera in magic realism. It's a book that is close to being autobiographical, as Vargas Llosa mined his own soap opera of his life for the material of this funny romp. (He did marry his aunt-in-law.)

It's awesome that the script writer has so much power in the book. And it's filled with slurs against the Argentinians, giving you a flavor of deadly rivalries in South America.

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message 1: by Shirley (new) - added it

Shirley looks like a good one Judith! I added it to my "To Read" list. Would you please bring it to book club next month if you have it? Or if you come to the Miche bag party - bring it then. thanks!


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