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The War of the End of the World by [Llosa, Mario Vargas]
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"A modern tragedy on the grand scale . . . As dark as spilled blood."--Salman Rushdie, "The New Republic
""A vast, fantastic, thunderous novel."--"The Times" (UK)
"A magnificent storyteller . . . [Vargas Llosa] gives us a cast of unforgettable characters swept up in the upheaval. . . . This is the work of a master, coming into full realization of his powers."--"The Boston Sunday Globe
""His masterpiece."--Madison Smartt Bell
"An extraordinary achievement. The author gives a wonderfully vivid and impartial picture of individuals and communities."--"The Guardian" (UK)

"A modern tragedy on the grand scale . . . As dark as spilled blood."--Salman Rushdie, "The New Republic
""A vast, fantastic, thunderous novel."--"The Times" (UK)
"A magnificent storyteller . . . [Vargas Llosa] gives us a cast of unforgettable characters swept up in the upheaval. . . . This is the work of a master, coming into full realization of his powers."--"The Boston Sunday Globe
""His masterpiece."--Madison Smartt Bell
"An extraordinary achievement. The author gives a wonderfully vivid and impartial picture of individuals and communities."--"The Guardian" (UK)

A modern tragedy on the grand scale . . . As dark as spilled blood. "Salman Rushdie, The New Republic"

A vast, fantastic, thunderous novel. "The Times (UK)"

A magnificent storyteller . . . [Vargas Llosa] gives us a cast of unforgettable characters swept up in the upheaval. . . . This is the work of a master, coming into full realization of his powers. "The Boston Sunday Globe"

His masterpiece. "Madison Smartt Bell"

An extraordinary achievement. The author gives a wonderfully vivid and impartial picture of individuals and communities. "The Guardian (UK)""

"A modern tragedy on the grand scale . . . As dark as spilled blood." --Salman Rushdie, The New Republic

"A vast, fantastic, thunderous novel." --The Times (UK)

"A magnificent storyteller . . . [Vargas Llosa] gives us a cast of unforgettable characters swept up in the upheaval. . . . This is the work of a master, coming into full realization of his powers." --The Boston Sunday Globe

"His masterpiece." --Madison Smartt Bell

"An extraordinary achievement. The author gives a wonderfully vivid and impartial picture of individuals and communities." --The Guardian (UK)

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The War of the End of the World is a classic Mario Vargas Llosa novel, based on real events in Brazilian history.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2338 KB
  • Print Length: 772 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0571139612
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; New Ed edition (15 Nov. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AD9XZ50
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #151,632 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Although I am by nature skeptical of historical novels, I really enjoyed The War of the End of the World (La Guerra Del Fin Del Mundo). Based on the actual events of the Battle of Canudos at the turn of the 19th Century in Brazil, Vargas Llosa reveals his story-telling genius by constructing wonderful and chilling personal histories of the main characters, using a backbone of historical fact. This is one of the rare historical novels, where the fiction is actually an aid to understanding the facts. In this book, Vargas Llosa guides you through the socio-economic landscape of the newly-founded Republic of Brazil, revealing the divisions and tensions that existed and continue to this day to divide Brazil. An absolute masterpiece.
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This is a very moving and detailed story of a real uprising in Brazil against the 'liberal and anti Christian ' government by a band of impoverished and starving peasants. The leader if the peaceful rebellion is Antonio Conseleiro, known throughout as the Counsellor. His ability to inspire even the hardest criminal and murderer, the tough 'canganceiros' of the mountains and plains, to repent and accept the peace and charity, love of ones fellow humans, forgiveness etc offered by his version of Christianity is powerful indeed and so seen by the government as a threat to stability in the country. It's a very long book and also very exciting full, as it is, with colourful characters( sadly mainly male- The author doesn't seem to have many strong female characters in his novels), wig all their frailties and strengths, amazing courage and their simplicity. It depicts the humanity of both sides. The soldiers deceived by their leaders and with little backup and the 'rebels' fighting for their lives, but also their principles and beliefs. And Vargas is in his element describing in minute and brilliant detail the horror and ugliness and ultimate futility if war - especially civil war. He has the ability to project the honesty and humanity as well as the evil and violence of both sides. He's good at portraying the sincere but often misguided beliefs of decent captains and General's mislead and abandoned by the politicians safe I. Their cities away from the bloodshed and carnage, as in ' Oh what a lovely war!'. In the end, neither side really wins, even though one side eventually loses. The extent and variety of the characters from the crippled and lovable Lion to the deeply scarred Satan Joao, the grating voice if the nameless and shameless cowardly journalist, and the mad passions of the red haired British 'spy' and the guide he cuckolds, reflect a sensitivity and awareness of human nature that makes this a joy to read on that level - if you can cope with the carnage that is.
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I decided to read this novel as I had recently visited Brazil and was interested to learn something of the country's history, though I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy ploughing through a thick volume, based on fact but a novel.

The events,political machinations and the vagaries of human nature contained in this epic account of a utopia formed by the disposessed of the north of Brazil, around a charismatic, enigmatic preacher, explain much of Brazil's (and indeed the world's) present day situation. It uplifts the spirit with optimism until the final chapters when it becomes clear that as usual the good guys are not going to win. I was gripped from the start by the characters, some of whom touched my heart and live in my imagination still.

Whether or not you are interested in Brazil, or history, if you care about the human condition and the fate of the downtrodden and outcasts of society then you will be as enthralled by this book as I was.
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This is an astonishing book, a kaleidoscopic vision of how idealism allows even the most terrible atrocities to become permitted and normalized. The book is a novelization of the true story of Canudos, a utopian settlement made up of the broken, wounded and dispossessed in late 19th Century Brazil, set up by the visionary Councillor. The story unfolds in a series of linked personal stories, as Canudos is repeatedly assailed by armies of the territory of Bahia and the Republic of Brazil. The reader's sympathies are steered towards the occupants of Canudos, but beware - this is not a simple matter of 'good guys' and 'bad guys'. The visionaries of Canudos wreak terrible vengeance on their enemies, mutilating corpses, burning haciendas and blighting lives, while even the most bloodthirsty of professional soldiers is shown to have humanity and compassion. Both sides of the escalating conflict are totally convinced of their own 'rightness' and the evil of their opponents. This morally complex book works on many levels, and contains deep lessons for our own times, as well as opening a window into a terrible episode in South American history. Allow yourself to be drawn into this book, and it will haunt you for a long time.
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An utterly fascinating account of a forgotten tragedy that occurred in late 19th Century Brazil.
It recounts the quixotic rebellion of a motley crew of former bandits & religious fanatics who reject the newly founded Republic & instead aim to set up their own commune.
Llosa brings the story to life and resurrects a myriad of characters from obscurity.
One of the best novels to come out of Latin America.
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