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a 5 star historical novel,
This review is from: The War of the End of the World (Paperback)
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.