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5.0 out of 5 stars Llosa's masterpiece, 10 Feb. 2004
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This review is from: The Notebooks of Don Rigoberto (Paperback)
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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