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Death in the Andes by Mario Vargas Llosa
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Dec 23, 2015

it was amazing
bookshelves: latin-american-lit
Read in January, 2012

Awesome book. Mario Vargas Llosa blends folk tales with a love story behind the political screen of Shining Path terrorism. How did he do it?

The love story (and its a great love story) emerges from the young guard Tomas who tells Corporal Lituma as he has investigates three mysterious disappearances of local people including the mute young man he befriended. Constantly threatening them is the terror of the Shining Path guerrillas who threaten to kill everything and everyone in their path. To add to the atmosphere is the cantina owner Dionysio and his witch wife Senora Adriana. Borrowing heavily from the Greek myth, Dionysio lives up to his namesake while his wife weaves mysterious tales to the story.Lituma begins to believe the stories of natives of the pishtacos and huaycos and things that scare the men of Nacco, a remote mining outpost. And the stories intertwine and weave amongst themselves but the reader is never lost. Quite amazing at times and the tension is constant broken by the love story.

Like Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter and The Bad Girl, I couldn't put this book down as the story was so wonderfully told. READ!
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