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4.0 out of 5 stars Into the heart of a Banana Republic, 26 July 2006
This review is from: The Feast of the Goat (Paperback)
The Feast of the Goat by Llosa is a book that deserves to be read with as little distraction as possible.It has a rich seam of characters both within and outside the ludicrously authentic despotic regime of Trujillo leading to the inevitable toppling of his cabal.

As an insight into the petty rivalries and plotting within a morally (and almost literally) bankrupt third world countrythe book is unsurpassed.It is true that as an earlier reviewer has pointed out, their is little focus on the impact of events on the landless poor in the Dominican Republic but in a sense the actions of the regime make their effects on the whole population all too obvious.

The sideplot involving the history of the New York Lawyer and her father and its gradual unravelling is brilliantly done and makes us question what our own actions would be in a similar state.

I have bought 3 more of Llosa's books on the strength of this novel.A winner.
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