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Louis Bernieres , Richard Griffiths
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4 Oct 1999

When Dionisio Vivo, a young lecturer in philosophy, bombards the newspapers with denunciations of the cocaine mafia, he finds himself both a hero and a target. He soon becomes accustomed to the corpses that turn up on his doorstep, and attempts on his life that backfire so wildly Senor Vivo acquires a reputation for supernatural invulnerability.

But Dionisio's protection does not extend to those he loves. And what begins as a farce, becomes a novel of tragic love and macabre revenge.


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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (4 Oct 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840321997
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840321999
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 10.6 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,100,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Louis de Bernières is the best-selling author of Captain Corelli's Mandolin, which won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, Best Book in 1995. His most recent novels are Birds Without Wings and A Partisan's Daughter and a collection of stories Notwithstanding.

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Louis de Bernières is a masterful writer, which is to say his command of the various crafts of writing--creating character, innovative description, telling a whopping good story--weaves a spell and sucks you into the magic. From the moment Dionisio Vivo and Ramón "Cochinillo" Dario attend to the cravate corpse deposited in his garden by the coca lords, you become ensconced in the world of Ipasueño, its passions, ironies and political intrigues, and cease to be aware of the hand of Bernières behind the scenes.

Dionisio, a professor of philosophy, writes a series of letters, published in the prestigious journal La Prensa, castigating the coca trade, and from there the story spins furiously in many directions and subplots. There's the love affair of the century between Dionisio and Anica Moreno, Lazaro's tragic dance with leprosy, and--to the great pleasure of fans of Bernières's previous novel, The War of Don Emmanuel's Nether Parts--further interactions with the magical jaguars and human inhabitants of Cochadebajo de los Gatos. Events take their course in the way of a grand tragicomedy, with the devastation that's expected followed by the irrepressible joy of life that's never expected and Bernières's tongue-in-cheek touch throughout.

It's a delightfully mesmerising book. Set in a mythical South American country that's a composite of real South American history and Bernières's fertile imagination, and therefore a perfect companion to take on a south-of-the-border vacation--the book is awash in the realities and flavour of South America and the lunacies of Bernières's genius. --Stephanie Gold --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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"Sharp, funny, engaging...de Bernieres is doing for Colombia's drug culture what Tom Sharpe did for apartheid. His approach is flippant, but the purpose behind it is deadly serious" (Financial Times)

"Vibrant, lucid, charged with wild jokes and harrowing scenes smelted with torture...a book which shudders with memorability...satirical and splendid" (Scotland on Sunday)

"It's a delightfully mesmerising book. Set in a mythical South American country that's a composite of real South American history and Bernières's fertile imagination, and therefore a perfect companion to take on a south-of-the-border vacation - the book is awash in the realities and flavour of South America and the lunacies of Bernières's genius" (Stephanie Gold)

"Amusing, terrifying and ultimately sobering" (New York Times Book Review) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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It would be a mistake to remember de Bernieres solely in terms of 'Captain Corelli', although that is undoubtedly a great book. For me, the trilogy of which 'Senor Vivo' is the central part is even better. Admittedly, it needs some concentration to remember all of the names of people and places, but it's really worth the effort in this case. It helps a little to read them in order, but I didn't, and still survived. A truly magnificent book!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book (again !) 30 Jan 1999
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Format:Paperback
This is a wonderful book that continues with many of the characters from his first book (The war of Don Emmanuel's Nether Parts, which I thought had a slightly keener edge). His idiosyncratic style of a multiplicity of threads with very short chapters takes a little getting used to but is so effective once you've got the hang of it.
Although it is a superb book, you'll enjoy it even more if you have knowledge of Spanish and/or Portuguese since he pokes gentle fun using these languages.
Louis de Bernieres is a wonderful author who writes well constructed English that is a pleasure to read. I promise you won't be disappointed by this book, but DO read Don Emmanuel first. (I haven't been paid to say this - honestly!)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection! 7 Jan 2012
Format:Paperback
This is one of my favourite books ever! I did accidentally read the triolgy in the wrong order, which didn't actually matter too much. However, I would recommend starting with 'The War of Don Emmanuel's Nether Parts' and 'The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzman'. They are also both incredible!

I believe that de Bernieres' style is very unqiue and perhaps takes some getting used to but his narrative is captivating and the plot is beautiful. I even cried at certain points in this book.

Definitely would recommend this book, it will change you and stay with you forever. I come back to it every few months and always take something new from it.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Books 2 Jun 2000
Format:Paperback
I actually read this book first of the South American trilogy and it did not diminish my enjoyment at all. I just love these books - the language is poetical, you feel every emotion from shock to humour to disgust to sympathy. How I wish I could visit Cochadebajo de los Gatos! If you haven't read Louis de Bernieres' books before they do take a bit of getting used to but believe me it is well worth it and you will be hooked!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
Whilst I found the first part of the trilogy too loose in its structure, de Bernieres here concentrates on a single story, and the novel is better for it. I think this simplified narrative is more accessible than either Don Emmanuel or Captain Corelli, opening up the story to its audience better. I found the torture scenes towards the end too graphic (and I'm not normally squeamish) and ill-suited to the humour and satire that had gone previously - the juxtaposition of horror with humour is something that the author balances better in Corelli. Still, another excellent read and recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not one of his best. 30 Sep 1999
By phroco
Format:Paperback
I thought this was good and was pleasantly surprised to be reunited with the characters from Nether Parts, like meeting old friends. Having said that I didn't rate this book in the same league. He uses the same writing style with a multiplicity of shorts chapters which I like but also the brief glimpses of what is to come which worked well in Nether Parts and Correlli don't really come off here, indeed one of them doesn't happen at all. He also seems to mail in the ending which is true to some extent in the other books but gets a bit tiresome when it happens all the time. Finally I think he seems to go a bit over the top with some of his characterisations in this book. What were interesting (if unbelievable) characters in Nether Parts seem to me to become charicatures in this book and he appears to be trying too hard to be a little off the wall. Overall though very readable and enjoyable and I can't wait to read Cardinal Guzman, plus my Mexican friend says it is a perfect representation of Latin American life and culture, so what do I know!?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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It would be a mistake to remember de Bernieres solely in terms of 'Captain Corelli', although that is undoubtedly a great book. For me, the trilogy of which 'Senor Vivo' is the central part is even better. Admittedly, it needs some concentration to remember all of the names of people and places, but it's really worth the effort in this case. It helps a little to read them in order, but I didn't, and still survived. A truly magnificent book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Irreverent humour and gruesome violence 12 Oct 2007
By Anne
Format:Paperback
This book has wonderful irreverent humour contrasted with gruesome violence, all woven into an absolutely brilliant entrancing story. I'm sure I didn't understand all the nuances as I speak neither Spanish nor Portuguese but enjoyed it immensely. I may have made the mistake of not reading de Bernieres' earlier books in this series first, but am not sure I would have had a higher opinion of the book if I had done so.
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4.0 out of 5 stars met all my expectations
Crazy but beautifully written.
Really love how he writes.
Makes me smile wryly and makes me gasp at how horrible we can be to one another. Read more
Published 3 months ago by kerry
5.0 out of 5 stars Read these before you die, should be on everyone's bucket list.
This should be read as part of a series of three books. The first one is 'War of Don Emmanuel's nether parts'. That was an excellent, captivating read. Read more
Published 5 months ago by ann johnston
2.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't get into this book at all
I gave this book a go on the recommendation of a friend (and happy memories of his Mandolin book). I simply couldn't get going with it. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kwev
3.0 out of 5 stars My review
I haven't read it yet so I don't know ..... I had read Captain Corelli which I thought was so good I ordered all of this author's works assuming they'd all be as good.
Published 13 months ago by D. Gray
5.0 out of 5 stars Top drawer!
I look forward to reading all Louis De Bernieres titles, they are totally absorbing, and so very skillfully put together.
Published 16 months ago by Justin John Whitsed
5.0 out of 5 stars Such fine fretwork by a narrative musician
There is, I think, much music in everything de Bernieres has written. "Sunday Morning..." is a score sheet for voices and accents; "Corelli" is filed with the... Read more
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