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El baile de la Victoria

3.28  ·  Rating details ·  486 Ratings  ·  63 Reviews
Al salir de la cárcel, un imaginativo joven y un famoso ladrón tienen dificultades para rehacer sus vidas. El dispar dúo decide que la única salida que les queda es dar el Gran Golpe. Pero en la vida de ambos se cruza la joven Victoria, un talento natural para la danza, hermosa y sensible, asediada sin embargo por el desamparo familiar.

El autor de El cartero de Neruda vue

Paperback, 377 pages
Published November 1st 2003 by Planeta Publishing (first published 2003)
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Aug 19, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have to say this book started out interesting but a few chapters in and it really started to annoy me. I finished it only because it was such an easy read and just to get it off my mind. It wasn't terrible, just not my kind of novel.
Jul 11, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel
Read this because we visited Chile. Hated it.
Sep 23, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
I liked the lyrical language and descriptive pieces, especially the short chapter where Angel is riding the horse.
A few too many sex scenes, and although young love is involved, some were tender and passionate, yet some of the other descriptions I felt were crude.
Some others have commented on the ending. The story does end abruptly, as though the author suddenly got sick of trying to tie it all together. When I first finished the book, I felt this way, but on reflecting on the conclusion, I fe
Elizabeth (Alaska)
This is not my type of book at all, but I loved it anyway. It's a plot driven suspense novel with a bit of a love story thrown in for good measure. The story is extra good, I think, but then I don't read enough plot driven stuff to be much of an expert on that. Some of you might find it predictable. The ending was not fabulous, but neither did it just wrap things up in a nice ribbon and send you on your way. The writing is marvelous. Works translated from original Spanish have a different rhythm ...more
Olga Milemis
May 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Excelente novela (en mi opinión mucho mejor que "El cartero de Neruda"). Skármeta imprime una velocidad al relato cargado de ingenio y notas humorísticas que contrastan con el fondo agobiante de lo que nos está narrando. Nos atrapa desde el principio y rebosa de calidad literaria.

Personalmente, no me terminó de convencer el uso masivo de palabras de jerga chilena (le quita “universalidad” al libro).
Good story! Weaving politics, ballet and a spectacular robbery together, Skarmeta helps one understand Chile in the days it was recovering from political chaos. One begins to adore the young dancer/student, Victoria, and her romantic boyfriend, Angel, who loves her with all his heart. In addition, the sophisticated gentle thief who is adept at cracking safes, Vergara Gray, is so charming. This is a most delightful read!
Sep 10, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have mixed feelings about this book. At first I loved it, then half way through I really wasn't not enjoying it. Three quarters of the way I began to like it again, buuut I did not like the ending.
Jul 22, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
There was some great lyrical writing in this book, even with the translation. It was a quick read and interesting enough to keep it moving.
Jan 28, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
this book was a hideous trip into the mind of a latin pig
Apr 07, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't get my hands on this one in Spanish, so I read it in *gasp* English. From my amateur point of view, the translation seemed good, but I think I would have enjoyed it more in Spanish. Although the translator handled the small nuances well, those are the sorts of things that I tend to appreciate most in the original language. Also, there's the very good chance that, if I read this in Spanish, I might not have realized how much sex there was in this. ^^' Yeesh. I know three of the character ...more
Ana Ruiz
Strangely enough, in all my 18 years as an avid reader (or more like 15, to be fair to my analphabet babyhood) I had never read a book as utterly Chilean as this one. You know, one where I recognized the streets, the monuments, the foods, the coloqialities, etcetera. And it was marvelous fun every time I read about a Santiago commonthing to point at the page and go "ohhh, I know that!" and then people on the bus would look at the crazy bookworm who talks to her literary partners.

So, star for tha
Apr 14, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I think it was how vividly the characters and their emotions and thoughts were described.

Don Nico is released from prison, only to find out that the world has changed. He went to prison for a robbery and kept silent on his partner the whole time, only to find out that his half of the robbery was spent by his partner. His wife, who he hasn't see in five years, refuses to be back with him and he has no money. And Angel wants to him to return to his days as an expert th
Me sorprendió Skármeta y su estilo narrativo. Jamás me aburrí con su historia y me sorprendió mucho el final, no me lo esperaba.
La trama gira en torno a Victoria Ponce, hija de un profesor asesinado en dictadura (como fue el caso de M. Guerrero) y de una mujer cuya depresión jamás logró superar; un alma en pena que solo vivía (a ratos) gracias al ballet. En un momento muy crítico de su vida le llegó un angelito con nombre y apellido: Ángel Santiago. Este ex-convicto (inteligente, hermoso y con
Manne Necker
Bueno, he de iniciar diciendo que no soy muy fanática de los libros nacionales. El estilo me deja un gusto agridulce. Este libro inicia interesante, no que bruto que bárbaro, pero bueno, no pude dejar de leerlo porque la curiosidad me entró, aunque luego de que pasaban los capítulos y ya cuando se llega al clímax, todo lo demás se me hizo demasiado obvio.
Con un final que esperaba casi al inicio, no faltó más que leer el remate para darme cuenta que podría haberlo dejado a la mitad y no me habría
Estefany Rodríguez

De esta obra esperé muchísimo (Siempre espero demasiado de aquellas obras que tocan el tema del ballet clásico) y todas mis expectativas se superaron con creces. Con una exquisita y chilena trama, con una pluma perfecta y los mejores personajes del mundo: Don Nico, Ángel Santiago y Victoria Ponce esta obra de Skármeta me cautivó. A pesar de esto, la obra tiene algunos detalles contundentes que hicieron que la calidad de este bajara hasta llegar a un 3.5/5.

¿Quieres leer mi reseña completa? ¡Solo
A.K. Kulshreshth
Jan 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book for the characters that Skarmeta has conjured. The would-be dancer and the would-be thief, but also the accomplished maestro-thief, the warden who gave the would-be thief reason to murder him, the murderer whom the warden sneaks out of prison to stalk the would-be thief, the maestro-thief's partner's lover...

Like any good translation of a great work, this one provides an opportunity to enjoy a unique voice, and get great insight into a foreign setting (Santiago, Chile).

I am not
The dancer and the thief is the kind of novel that almost any reader will like. It's fast paced, it has nice characters especially for anyone who enjoy Latin style, the plot is intriguing and intersting which makes the book an enjoyable reading. In general I liked the book and I read it with pleasure, it's not something special or memorable but not bad at all. Skarmeta is a nice writer and he uses nice sense of humor at times. However if I had to recommend a book by him, this would have been "Th ...more
Mar 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
enjoyed this novel. It grew on me. The characters are simply drawn and in the context of Chile they tell a story both of the people of Chile and of the nation. The main characters are an experienced (and very talented) thief and a young thief who wants to learn from him and work with him. The young thief falls in love with a young dancer (who doesn’t have much money). He tells a story near the end of the book that made the whole book worthwhile. It reminds me of the way that one has the power t ...more
Maria Rebeca
Este libro me lo regaló mi hermana Betsy luego de reclamarle por no obsequiarme nada en mi cumpleaños celebrado en conjunto con Poldi y Miriam en casa de esta última, al principio me gusto mucho y lo llevé conmigo a mi viaje por Europa pero luego se volvió pesado con la obsesión del escritor de incluir información generalizada de todo tipo, es divertida la narración de la vida de los delincuentes que salen en libertad y su relación con la bailarina. Tiene narraciones de relaciones sexuales bien ...more
Mar 05, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I heard the Antonio Skarmeta interviewed on NPR and thought this book sounded interesting. It was promoted as an adventure/suspense novel, and maybe I've read too many John Grisham or Dan Brown-like books because I found this novel slow-moving and too character focused to be placed in this category. The ending was a let-down and I couldn't get invested in any of the characters. Kept hoping it would get better but it never did. It is a fast read though, and a huge hit abroad -- I thought it was j ...more
Mar 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
En el Chile actual, dos ex-convictos viven bajo la presión de la recesión económica planean hacer un robo final para dejar la vida criminal y huir por los Andes hasta llegar a Argentina. Mientras se deciden en hacer el trabajo la vida les trae complicaciones que deben resolver antes del robo. Entre esas complicaciones, la vida de la joven Victoria esta en peligro. Como pueden salvarla simple con otro magistral plan que solo ellos pueden lograr.
Aug 09, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Típica historia de perdedores que quieren dejar de serlo. Sueños, causas justas, casos perdidos, la dura realidad... Una novelita entretenida para bebérsela en una tarde y poco más. Ni siquiera tengo muy claro si tiene moraleja. Notable el fresco del Santiago postpinochetista que ofrece Skármeta. A ver cómo adapta Trueba la novela al celuloide. Seguro que la mejora...
Apr 10, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Al salir de la cárcel, un imaginativo joven y un famoso ladrón tienen dificultades para rehacer su vida. El dispar dúo decide que la única salida que les queda es dar el Gran Golpe. Pero en la vida de ambos se cruza la joven Victoria, un talento natural para la danza, hermosa y sensible, asediada sin embargo por el desamparo familiar.
Como aburrido, bastante lento y como q no pasa nada.
p283 "As Vergara Gray manipulated screwdrivers, a Swedish wrench, picks, pliers, wires of different sizes and thicknesses, a stethoscope, a chisel, wire cutters, files, bits, and a drill, becoming more jubilant by the minute at having found such a conventional lock, he composed in his mind the text of a postcard he would send to Canteros: The safe is big, but your heart is small."
Jan 18, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now I want to visit Santiago! "The shopping passages in downtown Santiago are labyrinthine. Tiny caves of businesses, facades that hide something much more sinister. There, the city is a no-man's-land, a constant trafficking of trivialities and mediocrities. Everything is ordinary, everything is sexualized."
Diría que lo mejor del libro son sus personajes, dan ganas de tenerlos al lado y que te cuenten sus historias y sus ideas. Per hay algo en la trama que no me termina de cerrar, no sé aún qué, quizás estaba esperando algo más ingenioso o sorprendente.
Gabriela Vargas
El final no es de mis favoritos por dejarlo tan abierto, si quisiera inventar mi propio final hubiera escrito un libro. El libro no me terminó de enganchar; no tiene ni emoción para ser llamado thriller.
I rarely read any South American Fiction, but I really enjoyed the story and the historical references regarding the corruption of the Pinochet dictatorship. I am look forward to reading "Il Postino"- the movie was quite good.
Sep 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dude entre 3 o 4 estrellas porque en algún momento me sobraron algunas cosas como los relatos sexuales, pero decidí 4 valorando que me mantuvo con interés todo el tiempo y el sorprendente final me gustó mucho.
Bernice Seah
I thought the book started in a very dark manner and liked it because of the intriguing introduction. The imagery was vivid and the villains had a Bill Sykes (as in Oliver Twist) feel to them. It didn't have the ending that I expected but the book read easily.
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Antonio Skármeta (born Esteban Antonio Skármeta Vranicic) is a Chilean writer, born November 7, 1940 in Antofagasta, Chile. He was born to Croatian immigrants from the Adriatic island of Brač, region of Dalmatia.

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