Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter

Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter

Book - 1982
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Mario Vargas Llosa's brilliant, multilayered novel is set in the Lima, Peru, of the author's youth, where a young student named Marito is toiling away in the news department of a local radio station. His young life is disrupted by two arrivals.

The first is his aunt Julia, recently divorced and thirteen years older, with whom he begins a secret affair. The second is a manic radio scriptwriter named Pedro Camacho, whose racy, vituperative soap operas are holding the city's listeners in thrall. Pedro chooses young Marito to be his confidant as he slowly goes insane.

Interweaving the story of Marito's life with the ever-more-fevered tales of Pedro Camacho, Vargas Llosa's novel is hilarious, mischievous, and masterful, a classic named one of the best books of the year by the New York Times Book Review .

Publisher: New York : Farrar/Straus/Giroux, c1982
ISBN: 9780312427245
9780374106911
0374106916
Branch Call Number: F Var

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Living in Lima, Peru, Mario's life is turned upside-down by the arrival of his aunt Julia, as well as by a famous national scriptwriter who chooses to confide in Mario as he begins to lose his mind.


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mclarjh
Dec 30, 2016

Wonderful writing, very well organized and told story; more or less autobiographical.

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LaurenNagel
May 05, 2015

June Selection for book club

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macierules
Dec 05, 2009

I fell in love with the first half of this book, but by the end I had lost interest and it was feeling old. The structure was unique with two alternating storylines and full of very colourful characters. Loved the author's dry wit. Set in Peru in the 50s, 18-year-old Mario falls in love with his aunt's 32-year-old sister and they eventually marry much to the dismay of Mario's large family. The second part of the novel is an intertwining series of radio soap operas written by an enigmatic scriptwriter named Pedro Comacho - these stories get crazier and crazier as they go along, as the writer himself sinks into madness.

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