Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter

Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter

by Mario Vargas Llosa
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Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
To read this extraordinary book by one of the most potent writers from Latin America is a pure delight.It is almost a laugh a page!Llosa masterfully interwins a number of subplots with the main plot.The main plot is based on the terribly funny love affair of a young reporter with his aunt.The subplots consists of various radio soaps written and directed by a friend of the protagonist.The ending of the book is excellent too. A FANTASTIC book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mario Vargas Llosa combines latin american folklore, traditions, and stereotypes with the real life story of his life. Alternating between the main plot and several soup operas varying from incest to rape to murder; the novel is pure genius. It leaves lots to the immagination and will surely satisfy the readers thirst for creativity, diction, and entertainment.
Book-touched More than 1 year ago
Irreverent, shockingly funny, absurd and at times heartbreakingly touching. Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter is about a young writer/ student in Lima Peru and an outlandish cast of characters caught up in the most absurd situations. It is a wonderfully entertaining mix of part soap opera, part short story and yes even part autobiographical material. This is my first introduction to the Nobel Prize winning author Mario Vargas Llosa. I was disappointed in and perplexed by the use of racially stereotypical material that in my opinion detracts from the overall work. There is just no justification for it. With that reservation it is a wonderfully entertaining book and I recommend it.
AnnieBM More than 1 year ago
This book was a bit difficult to get into and to read. I persevered becuase I read Noble Laureats and want to learn more about other cultures and places, which I usually enjoy. I did not find this book so enjoyable. Desite my frustration with the book, I think LLosa does a good job of writing in a style appropriate to the story. The way the story unfolds in his writing parallels what is happening in the book -- quite ingenious.
CR-Buell More than 1 year ago
Vargas Llosa's semi-autobiographical novel is one of the funniest books I've read in a long time. Set in 1950's Lima the novel alternates with each chapter between the story of Marito and Julia, and the increasingly bizarre and confused radio serials of Pedro Camacho. I love Vargas Llosa's approach to storytelling in this book. At first it may seem that the alternate chapters have little connection to the main story, but ultimately they give us deep insight into the mind and soul of Pedro Camacho, and even draw parallels which help us understand Julia and Marito, and the world they live in. This is a deeply moving novel, cloaked in wit and humor, and in the end both profoundly sad and potently uplifting
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I must start off by saying that the way the story is structured is pure genious. Throught the book varying from chapter to chapter Mario brakes away from the main story line to smaller side stories that get tied back into the main story line as you travel and progress further into the book. Dont want to talk much about the story as not to go into much detain so it would be ruined if you do choose to read it. Which you should at least twice.
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