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Yo amo a mi mami by Jaime Bayly
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Sep 05, 2008

really liked it

first heard about bayly from bolaNo's essay book "entre parentesis." he says in there that bayly stated in an interview that this book was kind of a gift to his mom. bolaNo says that if in 15 years his son gives him a similar gift they would "have problems."
this book is a great portrait of upper class lima society told from the point of view of a kid during the ages of like 7 to 10 i think. the dialogue is great peruvian spanish. the scenes are very memorable as bayly is an amazing narrator. one of my favorite is when there's a fire in the kitchen. the servants and mother and kids are working frantically to put it out. finally jimmy, the narrator, goes to get his sleeping dad. the dad comes down in his PJs with his dick flapping out and puts the fire out in a matter of seconds.
also there is the scene when jimmy and his little girlfriend pee together in the garden.
this book is chock full of freudian and marxist interpretive possibilities. i haven't read too much of either so i can't go too much into it...but if you like that kind of theory you'll get a lot out of this book. if you like good stories or are curious about peru you'll like it too...
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