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The Feast of the Goat by Mario Vargas Llosa
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Jun 16, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: contemporary, latin-america
Read in June, 2011

I'd never read Vargas Llosa before, in part because I haven't liked his politics, but something made me buy The Feast of the Goat then, seeing that Vargas Llosa was supporting the left-wing candidate in the Peruvian elections recently, I started to read it. Well I'm glad I did. He conveys the combination of horror and normality in a Latin American dictatorship of the mid-20th century extremely well, using to good effect the interweaving of three separate stories. Although some of the turning points are a bit predictable, he captures the atmosphere so well and keeps up the pace with such force that you are driven to find how it ends. In a sense the ending is an anti-climax, but then we know how all or most of these dictatorships eventually ended, with only Honduras currently standing out as a throw back to the sort of politics depicted in The Feast of the Goat.

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