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„ხუთი კუთხე“ მარიო ვარგას ლიოსას ბოლო, გახმაურებული რომანია. წიგნი პერუს ცხოვრების იმ პერიოდს აღწერს, როცა ქვეყანას დიქტატორი ფუხიმორი მართავდა და ტერორიზმი, მკვლელობები, ადამიანთა გატაცება და სხვა დანაშაულებები პერუელების ყოველდღიურობად იყო ქცეული.რომანის გმირები ჩაბნელებულ ქვეყანაში, კომენდანტის საათისა და მთავრობის შანტაჟის პირობებში, მუდმივი შიშით ცხოვრობენ. ქვეყნის მდ ...more
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Published 2017 by ინტელექტი (first published March 2016)
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Jim Fonseca
Nobel-prize winning Vargas Llosa shows himself to be a versatile writer because this book is very different in structure from two others of his I have read: In Praise of the Stepmother and The Notebooks of Don Rigoberto. Both of those other books had long philosophical passages about art, life and love, but The Neighborhood is a much more traditional novel. I won’t call it a thriller but perhaps a drama.

The Neighborhood is set in Lima, Peru in the period 1990-2000 when Alberto Fujimori was presi
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BlackOxford
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spanish-american
Riding the Backs of Tigers

Lima was a dangerous place during the lengthy insurrection lead by the Maoist Shining Path. The neighbourhood of Five Corners was particularly dangerous, but not because of the Shining Path. It was dangerous because it was a slum in reasonable proximity to those with economic and political power in Peru. One way or another everyone was riding on its back - rebels, the secret police and their thugs, politicians, businessmen, the fashionistas, even its own residents. Endi
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Manuel Antão
Dec 15, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.



Ham-Fistedness: "Cinco Esquinas" by Mario Vargas Llosa



(Original Review, 2016-03-05)



I'm really glad that Mario Vargas Llosa's “Cinco Esquinas” wasn't the first of his books that I've read or I'd have abandoned his work forever. An unbidden, recurring image of him hunched over his keyboard, lickerish and drooling, haunted me as I read what were surely his pollution’s nocturnes about the room-temp romps of a pair of married, fabulously we
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Tea Jovanović
I like Llosa, but this one is a disappointment... :( Could be skipped...
Liz
WOW Mario Vargas Llosa what were you thinking? I could tell looking at GoodReads that this book was gonna be sub-par, but I want to join this Spanish literature book group and this was their January pick so.

I enjoyed the first 80% of this in the sense that I had zero expectations. It was readable, I wanted to find out what happened, and I enjoyed the descriptions of urban Lima in the early 1990s. The characters were pretty flat but I just shrugged it off -- if MLV was aiming for a policiaca I w
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Nancy Oakes
like a 3.7 rounded up.

The dustjacket blurb of this book says that it's a "crime thriller, but while there is a crime (a murder, as a matter of fact), the book is certainly much more than just mere crime-fiction fodder. I will say right up front that in terms of the writing, The Neighborhood is nowhere close to the excellence of his other books that I've read (Feast of the Goat and Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter spring to mind immediately); having said that though, I think it is a book worth re
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TheBookWarren
3.50 Stars - A rich narrative with a modern-noire edge & a hint of a modern fable-ish tones, this is a good read that’s survived translation well (seemingly) and deserves the praise it has received critically, but.. I can’t quite put my finger on WHY I’m not rating it higher, there is just something missing thats. It immediately obvious.. perhaps some cogitative thought will bring it forward. ...more
Alex
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Actually between 2 and 3 stars. it is not a book Llosa used to write. A thin story line, nicely put. There is one chapter where the typical Llosa dialogues appear. There is no challenge for the Llosa reader. after reading almost all his works, I would say this is one of his weakest writings. Abundance of sex scenes, very descriptive.
The whole freedom of speech thing...freedom of press, freedom of trash magazines, I dont know...the story was too trivial for me. sometimes i was thinking i am read
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Michael Finocchiaro
The Neighborhood is the, to-date, most recent novel from MVL. I love his writing so I am giving it four stars, however, it is not the best that MVL can offer (see my reviews of The Feast of the Goat and The Green House for example). This particular story is about modern Peru under Fujimori, one of his rare contemporary stories. The characters are interesting and there is a Kafkaesque atmosphere, but again, not his strongest outing.
David
Apr 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book for many reasons. I am a big Mario Vargas Llosa fan and since this book just came out, couldn't wait to get my hands on it. Mario just turned 80 and he is still writing good stuff.

But then a word of caution. It kicks off with a rather steamy love scene. Its "risque" cover and this section was being flaunted on various Spanish media that one might think that the man, who won the Nobel prize in literature, just divorced Patricia, his long time wife, marries a woman many years you
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Michael
I have been reading a lot of authors lately that I have been meaning to try for a long time, which leads me to pick up The Neighborhood by Mario Vargas Llosa. The novel follows two wealthy couples that find themselves embroiled in a salacious scandal, starting with a politically motivated blackmail that lead to photos being published in a gossip magazine. While the actions of one man, this scandal affects not only his own wife but also his lawyer and his wife.

Set in 1990s Lima, The Neighborhood
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Jay
The critics have not been kind to Vargas Llosa’s latest novel—neither the professional critics in the press nor those people on Goodreads. Indeed, the latter as a group are harsher than the former. Notes one reader (a fellow Peruvian and writer) in his opening sentence: “El panorama es desolador: lenguaje simplista, exceso de diálogos emplazados en clichés burgueses, personajes-esterotipo.”

Cinco esquinas [The Neighborhood] certainly has little of the breath, probing structure and creativity tha
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Mary
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Irene
Feb 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel revolves around the blackmailing of a prominent, very wealthy Lima business man. When the man refuses to pay the extortion money, scandalous sexually explicit photos of him are published in a local gossip tabloid. A crime that first seems to be about the ubiquitous petty terrorism of the Shining Path and drug cartels, soon includes the highest levels of Peruvian government. I enjoyed this element of the story. The characters, the dialogue, the tension was all skillfully written. But t ...more
Joachim Stoop
Oct 01, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was like watching Lionel Messi play...

... in the NBA.
Helena
Nov 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting book though not exactly my type. Simple and easy to read.
Paul
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I came across this book completely by chance. I was in a nearby city for the day ambling between records stores and book shops and possibly eating way too much. I would point out I had no intention of buying more books. So on my last stop of the day I came across a deal of buy one get one half price on authors from South America. As it would happen this was the first one I picked up. I can't say that Peru has ever really featured on my radar when it comes to authors. But the blurb on the back p ...more
Whiskey
Apr 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: latin-american
What if a Nobel Laureate used the “pulp fiction” style to dish the Fujimori Regime of Peru in 1990s? Would you mind if the author settles a few personal scores with the people who rejected him when he ran for President of Peru against one of the most corrupt politicians in the Western Hemisphere? At that time, Peru suffered from terrorism, kidnappings, bribery, blackmail, curfews, narcos, and political corruption that threads through the calamities. Capital that did not flee the country flows in ...more
Chaitra
When I lived in India, I went through a South American literature phase. I bought a lot of Vargas Llosa and Gabriel Garcia Marquez books during this time. I read the Garcia Marquez books, loved them and love them still, but by the time I got to Vargas Llosa, I moved to the US and left my books and the phase behind. I wish I had read at least one of them, because then this atrocity wouldn't have been my first introduction to Mario Vargas Llosa.

And it is a mess. I would blame the translation usua
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K.
Trigger warnings: murder, violence, blackmail, cheating ohgod so much cheating.

2.5 stars.

I bought this based on the blurb and the fact that it's translated from Spanish - gotta tick those yearly goals, yo. Buuuuuut this book was kind of bonkers. It's set in Peru during the 90s, and it's equal parts best friends ending up in a F/F affair and political corruption drama???? Like...??????? I don't even know how those two things go together, tbh.

The political corruption side of things was actually
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Claire
What to say about this novel? Luckily enough Mario Vargas Llosa knows how to write. A few times you see his great talent for writing literature also in other aspects, but on the whole I found it disappointing, not at the same level of his other works. However, as said: the man knows how to write, so 3 stars
Miruna Caragheorgheopol
At the very last page of this book, I was faced with what can only be described as a carpet bombing of cringe. It took about two days for the cringe fallout to dispel, and then, in the wreckage of my former self-respect as a reader, I decided to restart my habit of reviewing books, if only to leave a faint trace of my favourite activity. What if a cringe attack is to happen again and erase any sign of reader intelligence?

Overall, this thin volume here is not, in my opinion, the worst book of Llo
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Alta
Although this novel doesn't compare with Llosa's greatest works, this is still a captivating read. Even at his most mediocre, Llosa is a hundred times better than the top rated novelists today. He is a master of storytelling and a genius when it comes to a novel's structure. I read him both for pleasure and to learn. If you are a writer, reading a novel by him is the best workshop possible. And, of course, having a translator like Edith Grossman helps.
Peter
A Peruvian proverb says,
"Welcome Trouble, if you come alone!
In Maria Vargas Llosa's The Neighborhood (Spanish 2016/English 2018) trouble is not a loner, it comes in groups. The setting is 1990s Peru, under the Presidency of Alberto Fujimori. Peru is plagued by violence—terrorism, armed rebels like Shining Path, and gangs—and Lima is under curfew. The nation lives in fear, and the general crisis is about to be reflected in their own personal crises by several protagonists. Llosa is demonstra
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Kike Ramos
May 13, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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En este libro seguimos los eventos que ocurren alrededor de 2 grupos de personas: a) dos parejas casadas de gente rica que son muy amigos. Las dos esposas comienzan un romance en secreto, mientras que uno de los esposos es chantajeado con arruinar su imagen pública poniendo fotos suyas durante una orgía en una revista de chismes. b) Miembros de la revista Destapes, cuyo líder quiere chantajear al marido que ya mencioné. El libro explora la política, corrupción, dictadura y el ch
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Robert
Apr 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cinco Esquinas (Five Corners) by Mario Vargas Llosa almost won me over in a wonderful chapter toward the end where he masterfully collides multiple plot lines into an authorial stream-of-consciousness, placing every group of characters into rolling, rollicking, high-contrast relief. I frankly loved his skill and humor in managing this trick with no transitions between subplots. He is, after all, a superb writer, and he is able, as Philip Roth once said of himself, to do anything with fiction tha ...more
Thomas Hettich
I was looking forward to reading a book by Mario Vargas Llosa. Out of the gate its characters seemed two-dimensional (reminding me of the romantic teen novels I read as a child), it became a slog to read and for a while, I thought I wouldn't finish it. There is a superficiality to all characters that made it impossible for me to engage with any of them. It is not that the story is uninteresting, but if I don't care about any of the characters, why read on? I was about 1/3 into the book when our ...more
Lavi
Nov 10, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: total-crap
I wanted to be generous and give this book 2 or even round 2.5 stars to 3 only for the chapters about Shorty and the sad sclerotic man but fuck, I cannot do this. This book contains absolutely the lamest sex scenes I have ever read in my life. I have read and written better smut at 15 and this is not a "my 3 year old can create modern art" kind of rant. I adore Mario Vargas Llosa. He writes sublime literature. He writes amazing violence, glorious sex and perfect political text. This shit reads l ...more
SocProf
Apr 12, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I expected more from Vargas Llosa but this is a failed effort. I have liked his books for a long time but this one is not up to par. The Feast of the Goat and The War of The End of the World are my favorites. Which is why this one is a disappointment. The characters are one-note, one-dimensional. The chapters are repetitive and voyeuristic. More on the context of Peru during the late years of the Fujimori regime, and more on the doings of infamous Vladimiro Montesinos, along with doings of the S ...more
Jerry Pogan
I'm a big fan of Vargas Llosa but this was a bit of a disappointment. It's the story of a millionaire who is photographed at an orgy and is sort of blackmailed. I say "sort of" because it's a little fuzzy. The story has something to do with political corruption during the Fujimori presidency and strong-man abuse of power so is the type of subject Llosa usually writes about, but just not up to his usual standards. Parts of the book have signs of his usual brilliance but other parts are a confused ...more
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