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Product Details

  • Paperback: 359 pages
  • Publisher: Santillana USA Publishing Company; Later printing edition (October 2000)
  • Language: Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 9972847012
  • ISBN-13: 978-9972847011
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,739,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peruvian journalist now in U.S. has written his ultimate confession in his latest novel. Los Amigos que Perdí is a collection of letters to the friends he betrayed because he divulged their innermost secrets and dreams and sexual orientation in his earlier novels.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 18, 2000
Format: Paperback
I bought Jaime Bayly's latest book to be entertained, to be reminded of what it was like to live in Lima in the 80's (Mr. Bayly and I are from Lima, the same age, and move to the U.S. about the same time)through his anecdotical humor and his risque style. Even though he keeps the same writing style of his past novels, I encountered a more mature, more serious, main character "Manuel." But that is what makes the novel very intriguing. Is it Mr. Bayly's coming of age and feelings of remorse a tool to apologize in real life to his former friends he based his past novels on? Or is it simply the fictional character, Manuel, apologizing to the protagonists of Mr. Bayly's past novels. Or does Mr. Bayly simply consider those friends really lost, and divulges more intimacies and secrets about them? I couldn't help, while reading, trying to figure out who those "lost friends" are. Is the main character's namesake "Manuel", really columnist Jaime Bedoya from the Peruvian weekly "Caretas,"? Is his former male lover Sebastian really Diego Bertie (Peruvian soap star seen in the US in Univision and Telemundo)?. Most Limenos will probably know, or at least speculate, on who the characters are. Is this a way for Mr. Bayly to find closure on his past novels? Or is it a way to get readers to buy his next novel, after any havoc it may cause in Lima's society, or after Manuel hears back from the five friends he writes to? Mr. Bayly, in a very clever way, let's the readers decide.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
Es una novela, con una estructura muy original, en la que Manuel, un escritor y periodista arrepentido, les escribe a esos amigos que ha perdido. Aunque se trata de una novela, se ve muchas veces una extrema similitur a la realidad, constantemente nos preguntamos si Bayly simplemente esta jugando con nosotros o si muchas de las anecdotas realmente sucedieron en la vida real (en su propia vida). Desde el momento en que comence a leer este libro me impresiono la franqueza con que se trata cada relacion, de amigos, amantes y amigos-amantes. Hiba conociendo poco a poco a Manuel y a los malentendidos que lo llevaron a perder a sus mejores amigos. La historia a veces puede ser muy chistosa, otras muy triste, llena de sabiduria. Durante toda la novela se siente la desesperacion del personaje principal por llenar un poco ese vacio que le dejaron, dandose la oportunidad de hablar con ellos por ultima vez, aunque solo sea por medio de la escritura, lo cual la hace un huracan de sentimientos encontrados y sobre todo de gran ternura. Excelente lectura para quienes estan familiarizados con sus novelas anteriores o con su pelicula "No se lo digas a nadie"
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marianopolita2005 on June 5, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is an interesting book by Jaime Bayly in the sense that it's just a serious of confessions in the form of letters that were written to various people who were a part of his life at one point of time and in the letters he expresses repent, sorrow, sentimental feelings etc. The book comes across as one in which Jaime Bayly once again reveals the intimacies and at this point complexities of his life. However, what are consistent in this book and others of his that I have read are his language skills and his unique way of expressing himself, which I think, is his strongest attribute. In a nutshell, this is a book with no real plot and the letters written to various friends he once had do not necessarily relate to each other. If you like Jaime Bayly it may be a worthwhile read otherwise you may want to read his other more credible works such as: Yo amo a mi mami and No se lo digas a nadie.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 19, 2003
Format: Paperback
Resumiendo podríamos decir que este libro demuestra cómo ventilando las intimidades de algunos amigos se puede construir una pseudo-carrera literaria, ganar algun dinero, y después de un tiempo, como quien pide disculpas, se escribe otro libro (el que estamos reseñando),donde se cuentan más nimiedades (sólo de interés para el autor, los involucrados y la chismosería farandulera afro-latino-caribeño-americana)bajo la consigna de "estoy arrepentido por haber perdido la amistad de todos ustedes a los que machaqué en primera novela". Sin embargo se consigue el efecto de los primeros libros, es decir, Bayly vuelve a revelar intimidades de su historia personal con distintos personajes, en arrepentidas cartas dirigidas a cada uno de los mismos, con lo cual los vuelve a exponer ante los lectores, quienes gozan tratando de adivinar quién es quién, y de esta manera, nuevamente se logra un mediano éxito comercial gracias al morbo y la curiosdad enfermiza del vecindario. Si eres limeño, de 30 a 40 años, vives fuera del Perú y no tienes nada mejor que hacer compra este libro.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Luis on April 6, 2001
Format: Paperback
Este libro me parecio bueno, no asi excelente.Yo he leido libros de Baily mucho mejores, como "La noche es virgen".Lo que si no entiendo es como gente de su pais, Peru, utilice este medio para hablar tan mal de su paisano, ¿quizas sienten odio por la forma en que Baily expresa las verdades sobre Peru en sus novelas?.Por favor, sus compatriotas usen otros medios para hablar mal del escritor, pero no este.El escritor que no saca criticas de su pais (aunque sean minimas)no es buen escritor.Repito, este libro me gusto.En el, a traves de unas cartas que no llegan a su destino, el protagonista siente con nostalgia la perdida de esos amigos que se supone que el perdio.Incluso, ahonda muy bien su bisexualidad.
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