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The Bad Girl
The Bad Girl
by Mario Vargas Llosa
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

5.0 out of 5 stars Almost the best, 9 April 2015
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This is in no sense a believable story, and that is the central weakness. If you read it as a parable about Peru, in particular Lima, and see Vargas Llosa working through his feeling of how Peru has turned its back on its past and now celebrates only the trappings of wealth and success, baubles which have come back as a tiny part of its own stolen patrimony, then it stands up as a means of making a case.

The story-teller, surely the great man himself, gets as good a kicking ad the Bad Girl, in Europe but an outsider there as well as in Peru, he can see her fate but does nothing about it, he accepts a secondary relationship which he then allows to wither, he knows what he has to do but just cannot do it.

The old water engineer, grateful for a drink and a sandwich, who knows more than anyone about things that really matter is a bit of a cardboard cut-out, but is needed to represent the continuity of thought that is mostly discarded in modern Peru. There are of course marvelous descriptive passages (it is Vargas Llosa), and the whole thing is enormously enjoyable, but it isn't quite a work of genius, which I thought it was going to be when I started.


The Panty Ripper PT 1
The Panty Ripper PT 1
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star, 9 April 2015
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Rubbish


The Discreet Hero
The Discreet Hero
Price: £9.29

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5.0 out of 5 stars A great author still producing the goods, 9 April 2015
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Vargas Llosa is an old man now, but he is still writing marvellous books. There are arguments about which is his best, whether the quality is still the same etc ? To me this is all irrelevant, this book stands on its own as worth reading.

The pictures of Piura and Lima are engaging. The two interlinked stories work well, but the individuals embroiled in them are the real interest, and I followed them avidly. The translation, much like in Dream of the Celt, is aimed at the US market, and has some clunky moments which jar regularly.

Vargas Llosa always has a theme, and the reader needs to work out their take on it. It seems to me to deal with the passing of power between generations and to what extent the coming ones are up to the task. Whatever, I loved it and will continue to read his work as long as he can keep it going. It is probably really four stars, but I can't bring myself not to go the whole way.


Nights on the Rio Paraguay: Scenes of War and Characterscetches (1902)
Nights on the Rio Paraguay: Scenes of War and Characterscetches (1902)
by Albert Amerlan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.40

1.0 out of 5 stars No good, 27 Nov. 2014
The script was unreadable, hopelessly badly formed. Useless. Can't think why I didn't return it.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff, 14 Nov. 2014
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Stupid Laws of Peru: Funny, Dumb and Strange Peruvian Laws
Stupid Laws of Peru: Funny, Dumb and Strange Peruvian Laws
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1.0 out of 5 stars A complete waste of time - don't be tempted because it is free!, 14 Nov. 2014
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I don't know why anyone would produce this, it is skimpy rubbish. It is free, but a waste of time to download and delete after thirty seconds.


Chilean Voices: activists describe their experiences of the popular unity period
Chilean Voices: activists describe their experiences of the popular unity period
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read and seethe at the injustice, 19 Sept. 2014
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If you are interested in Latin American history, particularly in the modern era, this is a remarkable book. It is the testimony of some of those involved in the events that led to the coup in 1973 and the murder of Salvador Allende, the president of Chile.

It tell the story of a few of the union organisers and workers who for one short moment thought that they had changed Chile. They tell of their hopes and dreams, and the concrete steps they took to make the change possible, all in their own words.

It reminds me of Studs Terkel and his work in the US, and for me there is no higher praise.

It's free, so I have no complaint, but I wonder how "came" is always rendered as "carne" in the text. I was looking for some obscure reason, especially as "carne" is Spanish for meat, but it must be something to so with the OCR techniques making the book.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, 18 Sept. 2014
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Price OK, seems well enough made.


Enemy Spies: Nathan Hale and John Andre
Enemy Spies: Nathan Hale and John Andre
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1.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear., 18 Sept. 2014
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The idea of two stories intertwined chapter by chapter is a good one. However the writing is stilted, so much so that I gave up after approximately twenty percent of the way through. I know it is free, and don't want to be ungracious, so I would be interested to see what anyone else thinks.....


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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 18 Sept. 2014
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Top quality and a very good price.


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