The Time of the Hero

by Mario Vargas Llosa | Literature & Fiction | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 0060906529 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Vasha of Ithaca, New York USA on 5/21/2011
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Journal Entry 1 by Vasha from Ithaca, New York USA on Saturday, May 21, 2011
This novel, Mario Vargas Llosa’s first, dazzles with the scale of its experimentation with form and the risks it takes in tackling the dissection of a contemporary society. The story of the cadets of a Peruvian military college uses the author’s own experience, but it transcends autobiography through the profound assimilation of literary models (Flaubert, Faulkner, and Sartre) and a rigorous construction based on fragmentation and a multiplicity of narrative voices. From the theft of an examination paper to the death of one of the cadets, the reader is at first presented with a depiction of the college’s framework of races and social classes, whose relationships are governed by violence and deception. Then the novel progresses, like a criminal investigation, to expose the extent of moral corruption and the consequences of perverted education.

This is a fable about responsibility and determinism, the fundamental result of the structure formed by characters who are split between the world of the college and that of the city. The main characters exist in both (the cadets Alberto, Ricardo, and Jaguar, and Lieutenant Gamboa); from their outside position they are attracted and repelled by the evanescent Teresa, as well as their friends and families. These elements are ultimately brought together in the final part to reveal the faces of deceit and precarious truth.
— Daniel Mesa Gancedo in 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

Journal Entry 2 by 1001-library at Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Monday, May 23, 2011

Thanks so much for your donation Vasha!

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Journal Entry 3 by Vasha at Ithaca, New York USA on Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Released 7 yrs ago (12/5/2011 UTC) at Ithaca, New York USA

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Journal Entry 4 by eparks4232 at Elkins Park, Pennsylvania USA on Thursday, December 08, 2011
Book arrived safely from its last 1001-library home and I am really looking forward to reading it when I get to the Peru stage of my world literary tour in 2012!

Journal Entry 5 by 1001-library at Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Friday, January 13, 2017
This book is now back on the 1001 library bookshelf and can be borrowed by PMing eparks4232:)

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