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The Feast of the Goat

The Feast of the Goat - Mario Vargas Llosa, Edith Grossman A really good and beautiful book. That is as beautiful as a book can be that is filled with murder, torture and rape. The sliding between different viewpoints and times is done expertly. The prose style which varies, but is written in machine gun bursts took me awhile to adjust to, but once I did it was excellent.

The only real problem that I had with it was that the last chapter which pays off the themes of machismo, rage, trauma and impotence was done a little obviously and unsubtly. It felt a little like a revelation which was a little clever-clever although it plays fine. But it stops it from being a five star book for me.