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The Storyteller Paperback – 6 Jul 1998

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (6 July 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571161340
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571161348
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 273,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Beautiful and brilliant. (Sunday Times)

A master stylist. (New Statesman)

Startling and intriguing. (Times Literary Supplement)

The Storyteller confirms Vargas Llosa's prominence among even the best of his contemporary South American fictionalists. (Financial Times)

Vargas Llosa's most engaging and accessible book ... I was spellbound, as if by the voice of that storyteller in the circle of listeners. (Ursula K. Le Guin The New York Times Book Review)

Brilliant ... A whole culture is contained within these dreamy narratives. (Raymond Sokolov Wall Street Journal)

It is in the chapters narrated by the storyteller that the novel comes wonderfully alive, transporting the reader to a world where men hang suspended in a delicate web of cosmic relationships. (Mark Dery Philadelphia Inquirer)

A fascinating tale ... with enormous skill and formal grace, Vargas Llosa weaves through the mystery surrounding the fate of Saul Zuratas. (Paul Gray Time)

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The Storyteller by Mario Vargas Llosa is a brilliant and compelling study of the world of the primitive and its place in our own modern lives, from the Nobel Prize-winning Peruvian writer.

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From Florence to Lima to the Amazon this book intriguingly explores the role of the storyteller throughout history. One day in Florence a writer sees a photo of an old school friend , Saul standing amongst the Machiguenga tribe which lives in isolated dispersed groups throughout the amazon. For them the travelling storyteller is their newspaper, their internet, their historian, their entertainment, their library and their wise man. As the living collective memory of the tribe the storyteller reduces their sense of isolation by linking them to the outside world and in turn gives them identity and knowledge. For Saul this is his Kafkaesque metamorphosis into a whole new world . By exploring the Machiguenga's culture the author investigates the human mind as a whole and as the threads of the story become tightly woven a deep human need to tell stories is portrayed
This novel can be enjoyed on many levels as it reflects and investigates the parallel co-existence in Latin America of the ultra modern and ancient. As the author explains "At the heart of the same society there is a very modern civilisation that participates in all of the most modern technology and ideology and very primitive societies, archaic that are relatively frozen in time and maintain completely traditional structures, institutions and ideologies." As the aspect of globalisation is delved into we are also left with the tragedy of the inevitable destruction of so many rich and intricate cultures.
This short but powerful book with its magical, spell binding narration will by the end leave you re-assessing your own perceptions of society.
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Fascinating, almost three books rolled into one, one gets glimpses of the life and history of the author and on another level one is plunged into the mythology of the amazon tribes, and also the attitudes and ideals of Peruvian society.
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It is difficult to decide what to say about this. The writer is clearly accomplished and the world in which the story is set is fascinating, but for me, it doesn't quite add up to a novel. The story about the 2 friends is intriguing but I found the 'storytelling ' sections less so. The tribal words were confusing and difficult to remember, and there was no glossary. It had the epic feel of Spanish language literature, though.
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I read this whilst visiting South America and found it a good insight into local cultures and history, as well as an interesting and well-written read.
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If you don't know this author, definitely one to try. Not always the easiest read, but stick with it.
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