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The War of Don Emmanuel's Nether Parts Paperback – July 29, 1997
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Top Customer Reviews
At once grim and hilarious, THE WAR OF... traces a swirl of events that occur within a fictional (and unnamed) South American country, focusing on the inhabitants of a single village. The language is strong, the imagery clear and effective. The story is drenched in absurdism and magic realism (two favourite subjects of mine), occasionally going a little too far with such (particularly towards the end).
Pacing is uneven - a persistant problems with first novels - and it may take a little work and effort to get past the first 50-odd pages, to where the book's energy and direction takes form. But soldier on - despite its flaws, this is an intelligent, well-written book, solidly worth your time.
(I've yet to read de Bernieres' other novels, but I plan to track them down, based on the strength of this book. That's one of the best recommendations I can give, frankly.)
This book has everything and I really can't recommend this book highly enough. I found Correlli's Mandolin convoluted and dragged out, although a brilliantly written book. I found this and the other two books in the trilogy to be masterful works full of passion, truth and wit. The theme of magic running throughout is fantastical and fantastic, the characters real and lovable. When a character dies, as they have a habit of doing, you are taken aback and upset, you care about them and is there a higher praise than that?
Anyone who thinks that this book lacks gravitas is mistaken; De Berniere's pen is so light that he is able to fully deal with the political situation in South America without becoming bogged down in moralising or political dogma.
De Berniere deals with life and death and the injustices that surround us as only a gifted writer with a soaring imagination can. I read in other people's reviews that he has borrowed heavily from other works, but seeing as I have never read these works this book is as crisp and fresh to me as "Rock around the clock" must have been when Bill Haley released it.
I did have problems with the list of characters that De Berniere introduces in this book, but I started again when I got to page 50 and wrote out who was who whenever anyone new was introduced. My friend who lives in Spain just reckons it is that I am not used to Spanish names as opposed to poor characterisation that led me to this confusion, and I have to agree.
I read this book on a cliff top overlooking the Atlantic in May during a heat wave and was taken to South America with the heat and dust, the valleys and forests. I even developed a worrying accent in the pubs at night. A hard read, but once you enter it, it is one of the easiest books you will ever read.
I loved it.
Watch out for Hectoro, a character who gets better and better throughout the trilogy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A rollicking romp through a Columbia like south american country, somewhat in the style to Tom Sharpes Riotous Assembly, with events rapidly descending to farce. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Marc Thompson
This is the first novel by Louis de Bernieres, and within that context, I would rate it as “extremely promising. Read morePublished 9 months ago by krebsman
Fantastic and fantastical. This author is so good I have to go read everything he wrote. Dambit!Published 10 months ago by Odonnell411
Gratuitously violent. I didn't enjoy this book and stopped reading it. Big disappointment after Captain Corelli's Mandolin which also has some violence but not gratuitous.Published 12 months ago by davidls
It's his first book so it's a little rough. Very derivative of Gabriel Garcia Marquez.Published 15 months ago by John M
Another witty and delightful read from Louis de Bernieres.Published 16 months ago by Jeannine McCallum
A wonderful series of connected short stories that interweave and tell a longer story of village and the area surrounding it. I can not wait to finish the trilogy.Published 20 months ago by Chauncey Gardner
This was an extremely funny and interesting book and I cannot wait to read more by Louis De Bernieres.Published 20 months ago by K. T.
This is an excellent, beautifully written book. The story is compelling and the portrayal of the characters is superb. 2 thumbs up! I am a new fan.Published 22 months ago by Mara J Gordon