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Love-Fifteen (Discoveries) Paperback – June 1, 1996

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ISBN-13: 978-0935480825 ISBN-10: 093548082X Edition: First Edition

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Skarmeta is best known in this country as the author of the novel Burning Patience, the basis of last year's popular Italian movie, Il Postino (The Postman). But readers who enjoyed the intimacy and conscience of the film be forewarned: Love 15 is quite different. Instead, this is a vapid, lusty little intrigue illustrating the soulless lives of the very rich and famous. Dr. Raymond Pabst, a famed American sports physician is in the throes of a middle-age crisis when he becomes enamored of Sophie Mass, a barely 15-year-old German tennis superstar?and his patient. The publisher calls this the "Latin American version of Lolita." In rough outlines, there may be some resemblance between Mass and Nabokov's heroine; between Pabst and Humbert Humbert; and between Diana von Mass (variously called Countess or Duchess) and Charlotte Haze. Here, Sophie is blatanty lascivious?though Pabst does a lame job of refuting her advances. Occasionally, Skarmeta does offer some insight into lost rich folk in a materialistic world. But as for his main subject, there is none of the subtlety or beautiful language necessary to raise it beyond a slightly sordid tale of a man playing doctor.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.


"[A] lusty . . . intrigue illustrating the soulless lives of the very rich and famous."  —Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

  • Series: Discoveries
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Latin American Literary Review Press; First Edition edition (June 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 093548082X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0935480825
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,644,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One can't help but sympathize with the protagonist of this quick read, Dr. Raymond Papst, as his successful career and well-off existence rapidly implodes through a series of seemingly non-conspiratorial events and actions.

Once again Skarmeta succeeds wonderfully in not only creating richly believable characters who spring to life in one's mind's eye but he spins a plot which is highly believable, and at times quite humorous, despite the seeming improbability of the events which transpire to turn the protagonist's life topsy-turvy within the space of a two hour read. I highly recommend this one for a good summer afternoon's read.
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