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Death in the Andes by Mario Vargas Llosa
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Mar 07, 12

Read in March, 2012

So now I am really getting a feel for the Peruvian maestro (read 5 of his like 20 or so books). "Death in the Andes" is a horror story made comical, like most Latin American tragedies (seen in "Before Night Falls," or "Kiss of the Spider Woman", or more recently, M.V.L.'s "The Feast of the Goat") which persist hard in trying not to be overtly sad. Thematically rich, with tragedy piled atop tragedy, the narrative flow is invigorating, forcing the reader to forget all about airport terminals and the general flying population; the dialogue is laugh-out-loud funny, the whole canvas is expertly painted. The interplay of magic is not as phantasmagorical as, say, Garcia Marquez, but the voice is distinct and literary. It is not as perfect a gem as that previously mentioned novel ("Goat"), but it has its own luster, its own vibrancy. I really can't think of a writer with more tricks up his sleeve than Mario Vargas Llosa.
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