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La Ciudad y los Perros by Mario Vargas Llosa
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Dec 31, 11

Read from December 27 to 31, 2011

I decided to read something by Vargas Llosa after he won the Nobel Prize and ended up choosing his first novel - a story set in a military academy in Lima. At times it was challenging to read because of the way he constantly switches perspective. Most of the book is done in the first person, but the "first person" changes every few pages and sometimes you don't know who is narrating. I also think the book would be easier to follow if I had a better grasp of Lima's neighborhoods. Even with the confusion, I was still able to follow the story pretty well. And by the time I got to the epilogue all of the pieces fell into place and I understood the purpose behind the different perspectives. I also understood why he is such a highly regarded writer. I was tempted to start over from the beginning to see what I might have missed, but I don't think I liked it enough to justify reading it twice. At least, not in succession. But I am looking forward to reading more by the author.

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blake I recommend both "War of the End of the World" and "Feast of the Goat." Both are easier and at least as enjoyable.

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