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It’s About Time


Winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize in literature, Mario Vargas Llosa

I’ve been a fan for at least a dozen years.  If you haven’t been introduced to the joys of Vargas Llosa’s writing, The Guardian gives a pretty good rundown of his most important novels.

My favorites aren’t on that list; I’ve always been more attached to the rather obscure In Praise of the Stepmother and The Notebooks of Don Rigoberto.  Both tell the tale of a 50-something secret sexual libertine and his touching – and amusing – fetish for his 40-something new bride, and the complications created in the relationship between the two by Don Rigoberto’s angelic/demonic naif pubescent son, who is developing, quite innocently, into a sexual libertine himself.  These books are full-on kinky without a trace of smut, and feature some of the funniest and most memorable scenes I’ve ever read.  In Praise of the Stepmother has been the most-borrowed book in my personal library and everyone who’s borrowed it has enjoyed it.

But you can pretty much pick up anything by Vargas Llosa and count on a good read.  The man simply doesn’t write bad books.  Though I personally enjoy him most when he taps into his incredibly rich sense of humor, I’ve really enjoyed his novels about historical events and people as well.

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  1. October 7, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    I really adore Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter. I can’t find my copy, and it’s not currently available as an e-book. :-(

    • jennofark
      October 7, 2010 at 8:03 pm

      If you liked Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter, you will like In Praise of the Stepmother and The Notebooks of Don Rigoberto. That same humor underlies all three of them.

  2. B^4
    October 9, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    These books are full-on kinky without a trace of smut

    You’re going to make a certain New Zealander sad.

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