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This month we will discuss Discrete Hero by Mario Vargas Llosa, 337 pages, 2015
Location: Libros del Pasaje, Thames 1776, Palermo
[A] singular all-star performance . . . that proves that the Peruvian master is still at the top of his narrative game . . . The Discreet Hero is an exquisite concoction, a delicious melodrama of sex and betrayal, love and revenge. But what technique is needed! While real television soap operas are shaggy and plodding, Vargas Llosa’s novel is swift, seamless and as structurally symmetrical as a diamond. (Marcela Valdes The Washington Post)
The Discreet Hero, [is] an energetic book with a more straightforward narrative method than almost any other Vargas Llosa . . . [the book] is most memorable for its optimism . . . and for the way in which Don Rigoberto is forced away from his etchings and phonograph records and into the ‘sordid warp and woof’ of the world he has scorned. (Thomas Mallon The New Yorker)
The book is often funny; you turn the pages with relish; it offers plenty to think about and admire . . . it immerses you in the way you hope any novel will immerse you. (Francisco Goldman, The New York Times Book Review.
Pease join us, whether you have read the book or not.