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Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter by Mario Vargas Llosa
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Aug 16, 2007

it was amazing
bookshelves: favourites, 2007
Recommended for: anyone interested in a light, funny, intelligent read
Read in January, 2007

Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa has written one of the most magically entertaining, funny, engrossing and utterly enjoyable books I have ever read, without resorting to the cheap tricks of sex and sensationalism that seem to be increasingly employed by writers to get their stuff to sell. To be frank, I didn't expect Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter to be this brilliant -- but a few pages into the book and I realised it was going to be a treat for any avid reader.

18-year-old law student Mario's love affair with his 32-year-old divorced aunt-by-marriage Julia is creating ripples in Lima and in his family; Bolivian scriptwriter for radio serials, Pedro Camacho, has made huge waves in Peru but something is going radically wrong with his scripts nowadays. These two themes are tied together gracefully to form the main plot of the book, interspersed generously with Camacho's radio scripts, which are absolutely fizzy reads. The book stands testimony to the writer's inventiveness and courage in pulling off a style of narration that is relatively unexplored, using Camacho's scripts as a mainstay and vent for some original humour and some hawk-eyed observations of human nature.

If you find this book at any bookstore or library, grab it. You really won't regret the time and money you spend on it.
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