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Posted October 17, 2003
Before You Read This Novel, Read (In Praise of the Stepmother)
A wonderfully Written novel that most definately rewrites the latin sexual culture. Llosa first introduces don Rigoberto in his also classic novel (In Praise of the Stepmother) which illustrates a family and the damage incurred by everyone's sexual identity and the moral codes each breaks along the way. Llosa's insight into Rigoberto's fantasies intertwined with his reality is a journey that opens the reader's soul as Llosa, the master, takes us through emotionally and erotically charged episodes that not only has the reader questioning his/her own knowledge of the their sexual identity but how does sexual identity affect a marriage, a family or a life. By the end of the novel the questions arise, how important is sexual identity and who chooses it?. Llosa makes a fine point of illustrating the importance of knowing one's own worth and seeking individual happiness as opposed as to what society may dictate. Pure Genius.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 4, 2003
Notebooks are a weak medium
'The Notebooks of Don Rigoberto' is a brilliant demonstration of the imagination, and multi-layered writing, of Mario Vargas Llosa. I'm a fan of his. But to be brutally frank, he fails in the execution of this narrative. Without giving too much away, Vargas Llosa strings together a series of fantasies -- often, if not always, sexual in nature -- with the help of Don Rigoberto's 'notebook,' or diary. Don Rigoberto is the main character who escapes the mundane world by creating alternative, parallel fantasies by scrawling in his notebooks. However, the various tales have nothing to connect them, and appear to be little more than flashes of creativity on the author's part. The result is a disconnected series of experiences and fantasies, whose medium to link them are Don Rigoberto's notebooks, and little else. Those notebooks, though, don't suffice in that mission. The reading process begins to feel repetitious, leaving the reader to wonder how some of the earlier fantasies are relevant at all.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 16, 2001
this is a book for all those people who think that they are so normal so much ok. it playes with the nature of human beings on a such a delicate way. it showes that there are some things about which we should think twicw, before saying or judgung anything and anyone. when you read it , you will ask your self did you understood the autor at all, what have you read, feeling a kind of wish to go back and read some parts again.it is obvious that the autor knows the human nature very well, into it's deepest parts. on the end it showes that there is only one thing that we are looking for, happines and harmony/ each one of us on it's own way..................read it..you will love itWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.