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Conversacion en la Catedral / Conversation in the Cathedral [Spanish] [Paperback]

Mario Vargas Llosa
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  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Santillana USA Publishing Company; Poc edition (2 Oct 2001)
  • Language: Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 8466304568
  • ISBN-13: 978-8466304566
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.9 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,770,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars South American literature 11 May 2012
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A great literary novel if you are interested in South America and can read Spanish fairly fluently. Unusually for a paperback of this type, the print size is comfortably generous.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peru's classic 3 Dec 2010
By Marcos E. Milla - Published on Amazon.com
This is arguably Vargas Llosa's biggest accomplishment to date, his opus magnum, and one of Peru's fundamental novels. Usually reviewed as a political novel presenting a masterful portrait of an archetypical Latin American regime of the fifties (corrupt, manipulative of media, ruthless in its oppression), Conversacion en La Catedral has a deeper layer that is more compelling: the destruction of the father image. Zavalita's dad lives a double life, one as a model citizen and family man in public, and another as a key member of the brutal regime and a closet homosexual (what could possibly be worst to peg on a male Latino from the fifties?). Even before finding out dad's dark secrets, Zavalita chooses the life of an outcast, rejecting his family's -his class- definition of success. In placing him in that role, Vargas Llosa brilliantly establishes a vehicle to expose traditional Peruvian perceptions on respectability, achievement in life and morality. Vargas Llosa's true accomplishment is that he lets the reader arrive to conclusions without any intent to introduce his own opinions or ideology, a chronic problem with Peruvian writers chosing politics as inspiration: Jose Maria Arguedas, Ciro Alegria, Manuel Scorza, many others. I do not think Vargas Llosa ever came close to this one again, it is a soul-baring novel of great intensity, impossible to put down. Entirely worthy of a Nobel Prize, a must read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Es la mejor obra de la literatura Lationamericana 25 April 2007
By Tony Chavez Uceda - Published on Amazon.com
Que se puede decir sobre esta monumental obra, como elogiar con justicia su perfecta redaccion, su trama envolvente, su estructura, de apariencia caotica, pero magistralmente hilvanada, que envuelve irremediablemente al lector, su critica y razonamiento preciso de los errores que hemos cometido los peruanos, no solo en el nefasto ochenio de Odria, si no en todas las dictaduras, incluyendo la de Fujimori. Vargas Llosa ha creado un enorme monumento literario, muy dificil de superar y que se seguira leyendo durante muchisimo tiempo.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING 27 Jun 2012
By Travis - Published on Amazon.com
I have several favorite authors, Vargas Llosa, Dumas, Steinbeck, and Faulkner among others. But, in the list of books that I've read, this takes the number 2 spot. One of the most amazing works of literature I've ever read.

I took a class on Vargas Llosa and read 9 novels of his in one semester. This book, and Fiesta del Chivo are the two best by Mr. Vargas Llosa. I think it important to not that this really is not an easy book to read, especially when Spanish is not your native language (Vargas Llosa in general is a very hard author to read, much like Faulkner). If you have the time to work through this book I highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great novel 23 Aug 2011
By gloma - Published on Amazon.com
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Definitely Vargas Llosa master piece. Two intertwined stories, one in the past and one in the present, about politics, family ties and more that will captive you. If you have an intermediate level of Spanish, this book might challenge you.
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesante 27 Nov 2013
By Ariel Gutierrez Buchting - Published on Amazon.com
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me gustan mucho las obras de Vargas Llosa, pero esta es un poco compleja para mi gusto. una variedad de personajes y escenarios que a lo largo del desarrollo fuerzan tener buena memoria o regresar paginas para poder ubircarnos. Sin embargo, el estilo unico del autor, una excelente redaccion y descripcion resulta en una obra recomendable.
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