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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (February 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060732792
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060732790
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #471,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: English, Spanish (translation) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Mario Vargas Llosa, uno de los más destacados novelistas contemporáneos latinoamericanos, se lanzó a la fama con su novela La ciudad y los perros que obtuvo el Premio Biblioteca Breve y el Premio de la Crítica. Novelas posteriores son, entre otras, La casa verde (Premio de la Crítica y Premio Internacional de Literatura Rómulo Gallegos), Conversación en La Catedral, La guerra del fin del mundo y Lituma en los Andes con la que obtuvo el Premio Planeta 1993. Ha publicado también obras teatrales, ensayos y memorias. En 1986 compartió con Rafael Lapesa el Premio Príncipe de Asturias de las Letras y en 1994 se le concedió el Premio Miguel de Cervantes de Literatura.


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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Guillermo Maynez on February 16, 2001
Format: Paperback
This complex novel evolves during many years, through the memories and experiences of the characters, within the characteristic arbitrary timing of Vargas Llosa: flashbacks, voices from different ages speaking simultaneously, sudden jumps in time. The action takes place in two basic locations: the high and dry city of Piura, and the Amazonic region of Peru. There are several stories which interact and cross at several points: Fushia, the smuggler who dominates the Indians, whose story is told during his trip with the old Aquilino, down a river; the love story of Lalita and Nieves the soldier; the soldiers of Santa María of Nieva; Sargent Lituma and the Woman from the Jungle; Don Anselmo, the mythical founder of Piura's nightlife, and thereafter a harp-player at brothels; The Unconquerables and the nuns from the convent.
The novel is an epic of life in Peru, a solid and vast book. Characters from the past and the present speak their minds and tell their deeds. The tone is varied, from the sordid to the epic, from city to jungle. A great novel by an accomplished author, in which the different stories slowly converge to paint a broad landscape. In a less dark way, from time to time Faulkner seems to be in the background, Latinamericanized.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Victor Gonzaga on January 29, 2003
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En "La Casa Verde" Mario Vargas Llosa va dando muestras de su progreso a un estilo totalitario que quedaría demostrado finalmente en "La Guerra del Fin del Mundo". De allí en adelante el totalitarismo aparecería de manera desenfadada en todas las novelas que ha escrito hasta el momento.
Sería fácil pensar que el nombre de la novela debería otorgarle el tema central a un personaje, a un lugar o simplemente a un hecho cualquiera. Sin embargo, "La Casa Verde" es una excepción porque son varias historias contadas al mismo tiempo sin un tema central, excepto que el Perú es el lugar común en donde se desarrollan. Lo maravilloso es que con una habilidad innata, MVLL nos pinta al Perú de una manera integral, recorriendo costa, sierra y selva (las tres regiones naturales que presenta este país) a través de tres historias que se desenvuelven paralelamente y sin una relación aparente al inicio pero cuyo desenlase las unificaría. El totalitarismo de MVLL podría parecernos atrevido pero nos demuestra una vez más que esa palabra no existe para este escritor peruano.
Por un lado Fushia, mientras escapaba por el Río Amazonas, narra a Aquilino los embrollos en los cuales se encuentra involucrado tras haber intentado estafar a otro estafador más poderoso que él. El motivo sería el robo de caucho, cuya explotación se encontraba en boga en el departamento selvático de Iquitos en ese momento.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 29, 2010
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Murder In The TetonsMario Vargas Llosa writes like some auteurs make black and white films. Linear time is not important and the jump cut is used profusely, one brief scene from the past or future inserted in the middle of a contemporaneous scene. At first it is very confusing but after a while one must simply go with the flow and let the novel's projector run until the characters are sorted out and their stories told.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By August Treeson on October 3, 2012
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I bought the 1st edition avon mass market paper back in 1980.A case of judging a book by it's cover.Since than I have read the book several times.This novel is Llosa in his prime.Full of mystery,romance,humor and history.The writing is so addictive and poetic that open up any page and you are trapped in world that you can leave only reluctantly.One of the worlds truly great books.As for being a difficult read, it is as easy as watching a movie.
The theme of this novel ,as in most of Llosas novels, are the absurdities and consequences of bigotry,this time played out in Peru circa world war two?
I believe that it is his humanism coupled with his great and innovative story telling skills that won Llosa his Noble prize.
This is Llosa at his best,and what a beautiful cover by Vincent Calabrese.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Danny on December 3, 2010
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First book I have read by Llosa and found it difficult to follow at first but once deeper into the story I was able to grasp his writting style with the continual back and forth through periods of time with the characters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barbara T. Sabol on November 30, 2010
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This is a book I want to read again. It is so chock full of incredible detail and characters that one trip to the Green House is not enough. It was so vivid, I thought I was reading a great movie.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 11, 1999
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este libro es tremendo, puedes sentirte dentro de el con una facilidad increible, puedes sentir la lluvia que no cesa por semanas y la vida en las zonas de la selva. es muy buen libro para comenzar a leer a vargas llosa, aunque tambien se puede comenzar con algo como la ciudad y los perros. magnifica lectura
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