Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter Paperback – 4 Nov 2004
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'Without doubt a magnificent novel - comic, imaginative . . . written with a feeling for the language that is quite remarkable.' -- Daily Telegraph
'A comic novel on the grand scale, written with tremendous confidence and verve . . . Llosa's huge energy and inventiveness is extravagant and fabulously funny.' --New Statesman
'This novel is as full of fizz as a giant pack of sherbet, witty, wise and wonderful in equal proportions.' -- Sunday Times
'A novel of immense vitality and imagination.' --Literary Review
'A comic novel that is genuinely funny . . . [and] never ceases to entertain.' --New York Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A newly repackaged edition of Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter, a classic Mario Vargas Llosa novel. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Always willfully experimental, Vargas Llosa is influenced in part by Satre and existentialism but also - more evident here - Modernism, with its emancipated timelines and disjointed narrative. The book begins more conventionally in establishing a nostalgic sense of time and place, warming the reader to its characters and principle relationship. But the deliberate convolution of the various narrational strands becomes more and more unsettling for the reader as Mario and Julia's romance implodes.
Pedro Camacho is a stunted, bald, pocket battleship of a radio scriptwriter. He is also Bolivian - an epidemic? - and specialises in sitcoms, melees of melange, several of which he can keep on the boil at the same time. He is employed by our young hero's radio station to sex-up the regular offerings, to enliven their action with his peculiar brand of obsessive work ethic, an approach that is occasionally method-school in its execution. So when his character needs an operation, he will sit at his ancient typewriter dressed as a surgeon. He is a great success, even when his lateral thinking approach to plot is fully realised, a trait that develops into a need to introduce characters from one soap opera into another almost at random - certainly at random! - in order to test - or not! - the listeners'collaboration of listening habit and attentiveness at the same time.Read more ›
I willingly admit to not being as much an intellectual as many of the other reviewers, and would have probably enjoyed Aunt Julia just as much if the Pedro Camacho chapters had been taken out (his independent stories, I mean, not the character himself). It could stand alone very well; a sweet and witty story full of vignettes and great characters. I also lost patience somewhat with the mixing-up and disintegration of the stories. And I was a bit puzzled and disappointed with what became of Pedro Camacho at the very end; I feel the author could have given him an innovative but more dignified destiny; the little oddball had really grown on me! Even so, I still give Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter 5 stars - a wonderful, engaging read that wears its intelligence lightly, and probably the only book most people are going to read set in Lima, Peru!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We chose this book for our book club. Whilst the blurb sounded like it was fun (and we were in desperate need of something funny), I am afraid the "jokes" fell flat. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Shammi S.
Weird and wonderful construction of a novel: in alternate chapters we follow the author's account of his young life in Lima, studying law and starting a forbidden relationship with... Read morePublished on 4 Aug. 2014 by sally tarbox
I chose this novel because it is South American and required for Bookclub. Loved the larger than life characters and the subtle humour. Finish a bit contrived but inevitable. Read morePublished on 15 April 2014 by Val Irvine