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The Notebooks of Don Rigoberto Paperback – 23 Aug 1999


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (23 Aug. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 057119575X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571195756
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A classic Vargas Llosa tale of art and desire ... It reaffirms Mario Vargas Llosa's reputation, alongside Gabriel Garcia Marquez, as one of South America's finest contemporary writers. (The Times)

Beautifully written, funny, erudite and seriously anarchic. (Time Out)

Vargas Llosa's complex, gorgeous prose ... sweeps the reader into a rich confusion of art and fact, fiction and reality, where there are no vices and the only virtue is imagination. (Walter Kendrick The New York Times Book Review)

His funniest and most relaxed novel since Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter. (Observer)

Vargas Llosa is boldly pushing back the boundaries of imaginative fiction explored by a Spanish tradition dating back to Don Quixote. It is a hugely ambitious work, ... which succeeds in teasing as much as entertaining ... This latest work from one of Latin America's most compelling writers is an achievement as impressive as it is disturbing. (Daily Express)

Exuberant ... A roguish and sophisticated sex comedy with a few brain teasers tipped in. (Time)

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The Notebooks of Don Rigoberto by Mario Vargas Llosa sees the Peruvian novelist and Nobel Prize-winner on top form, with a novel at the same time funny, sexy, disquieting and extremely compelling.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Taylor VINE VOICE on 26 July 2003
Format: Paperback
The subject of this book is a little hard to describe so its perhaps easier to describe the principle protaganists. Firstly there is Don Rigoberto, an insurance executive, who believes his true brilliance lies in his ability to be imaganitive in the world of sexual fantasy. He delights in the body of his wife and the sexual games, fantasies and pleasure he can obtain in her company. He has nothing but loathing for the pornography or a society that punishes someone for following their fantasies and parts of the book are simply venting letters to what he perceives as narrow minded fools - unwilling to allow the individual to fulfill his fantasies. There is the estranged wife Donna Lucretia who spends her time having tea with her stepson, she is a somewhat remote character as we mainly perceive her through the sexual fantasies of her husband and son. Then lastly there is the stepson Fonchito, a strange teenage boy obsessed with the painter Schiele and clearly intelligent and fully aware of his father's fantasies and just as inerested in fantasies of his own which also involve Donna Lucretia. Schiele's paintings mainly portrayed naked women in various poses and there was some scandal associated with his life as many of the models where young girls. Fonchito's life does not seem to involve normal persuits such as football or nights out but is an increasing obsession with the life of the painter - and his personality slowly but surely seems to overwhelm that of Donna Lucreatia, so the relation of step-mother and son becomes something else a little more darker.
The story if there is one is how Don Rigaberto and Donna Lucretia cope with a separation caused by an event sexual of course which becomes apparent half way through the book.
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By A Customer on 18 Jan. 2001
Format: Paperback
This book proves to be an excellent primer for those wishing to acquaint themselves with the work of Vargas LLosa.
The central character is a libertine, liberal and financially-comfortable insurance salesman from Lima. His notebooks are an intricate collection of his inner thoughts and recollections of married life.
As each character, adventure and aspect of human behaviour is presented, readers will be rewarded with examples of Vargas Llosa's style and will not be disappointed.
As opposed to much of his earlier work, although set in Lima, the book unfortunately does not offer a revealing account of Peruvian life. This detracts slightly from what is a very enjoyable piece of literature.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By owen on 10 Feb. 2004
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Truly special work, which reads like Mario is having the time of his life writing it. Everything is in here, uniquely imaginative eroticism (in fairly large doses), impish humour (which pervades the whole book), philosophy, introspection, marvellous characters (the maid being a personal favourite - that mix of scolding and indulgence is perfectly weighted), wit, art theory, superb dialogue, and a real storytelling genuis - all those failed stories mentioned in the presumably autobiographical Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter here take on a life of their own. Mario writes like a mature mind looking back over a lifetime of thinking, seeing, and riske endeavours and chuckling about it all. The essay on football/nationalism alone is worth the entrance fee, though so many scenes spring to mind. Wonderful!
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Jan. 2000
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This is undoubtably Vargas Llosa's finest work. A humourous narrative style compliments an impressively compelling, if not disturbing storyline. Titillating comedy is seamlessly intertwined with darker, serious undertones with a subtlety of touch that would have done Nabokov's Lolita proud.
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