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Book Title: Captain Pantoja and the Special Service|
The author of the book: Mario Vargas Llosa
Edition: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Date of issue: October 1st 1990
Format files: PDF
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Reader ratings: 3.2
ISBN 13: 9780374522360
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You can't win 'em all. Captain Pantoja's Special Service is a brothel for the Peruvian army in the Amazonian basin. The book is a mixture of satire and slapstick comedy, but not really even close to the writing quality on The Time of the Hero, The Green House or Conversation in the Cathedral that proceeded it or Aunt Julia and The War at the End of the World which succeeded it. I only found it marginally humorous and could not help but be put off by its outright misogyny. Whatever, I will still continue to read other books from Vargas Llosa, this one is clearly not his at his finest.
I learned that - in fact - this was based on a true story and there is a famous movie about this story. Perhaps I'll need to re-evaluate my review sometime by watching the movie and re-reading the book. I also learned that this kind of "secret service" was very common in South America - near coal mines, etc.
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Read information about the authorMario Vargas Llosa, born in Peru in 1936, is the author of some of the most significant writing to come out of South America in the past fifty years. His novels include The Green House, about a brothel in a Peruvian town that brings together the innocent and the corrupt; The Feast of the Goat, a vivid re-creation of the Dominican Republic during the final days of General Rafael Trujillo’s insidious regime; and Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter, a comedic semi-autobiographical account of an aspiring writer named Marito Varguitas, who falls in love with Julia, the divorced sister-in-law of his Uncle Lucho.
He is also a widely read and respected essayist, writing everything from newspaper opinion pieces to critical works on other writers, including The Perpetual Orgy on Flaubert.
Vargas Llosa is also active outside the literary arena, and was a serious contender for the presidency of Peru in 1990 (eventually losing to the now disgraced Alberto Fujimori), an experience he documented in his memoir, A Fish in the Water.
On the controversial nature of some of his work he said, “The writer’s job is to write with rigor, with commitment, to defend what they believe with all the talent they have. I think that’s part of the moral obligation of a writer, which cannot be only purely artistic. I think a writer has some kind of responsibility at least to participate in the civic debate. I think literature is impoverished, if it becomes cut from the main agenda of people, of society, of life.”
He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for the year 2010, "for his cartography of structures of power & his trenchant images of the individual's resistance, revolt, and defeat".
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