Books, not which afford us a cowering enjoyment, but in which each thought is of unusual daring; such as an idle man cannot read, and a timid one would not be entertained by, which even make us dangerous to existing institution—such I call good books. - Henry David Thoreau
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Shameless (but Timely) Recycling: Pantaleon y Las Visitadoras by Mario Vargas Llosa
Mario Vargas Llosa is, hands down, my favorite Latin American author, and I'm not just saying that because he won this year's Nobel Prize for Literature. We here at TLM roundly praised his work earlier this year in a review of Pantaleon y Las Visitadoras--a tale of the efficient introduction of prostitution services into the Peruvian army. He tells a good story, so I'm certain that his books may be appreciated in translation, but there is something about the rhythm and beautiful formalism of the language that makes him an especially enjoyable read in the original Spanish. Both La Ciudad y Los Perros and La Fiesta del Chivo stand out in my memory as fantastic reads. Congratulations to a true master and to all our Peruvian friends. Pisco para todos!
Patrick (at The Literate Man)