By Mario Vargas Llosa, Helen R. Lane
Mario Vargas Llosa's really good, multilayered novel is determined within the Lima, Peru, of the author's early life, the place a tender pupil named Marito is toiling away within the information division of a neighborhood radio station. His younger existence is disrupted through arrivals.</I>
The first is his aunt Julia, lately divorced and 13 years older, with whom he starts off a mystery affair. the second one is a manic radio scriptwriter named Pedro Camacho, whose racy, vituperative cleaning soap operas are conserving the city's listeners in thrall. Pedro chooses younger Marito to be his confidant as he slowly is going insane.
Interweaving the tale of Marito's existence with the ever-more-fevered stories of Pedro Camacho, Vargas Llosa's novel is hilarious, mischievous, and masterful, a vintage named the best books of the 12 months by way of the <I>New York occasions ebook Review.
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