Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The Bad Girl - Mario Vargas LLosa

Comment: I've read The Bad Girl by the Nobel Prize winner, Mario Vargas Llosa.

It was the 1st book by him that I've tried.

The first chapter started somewhow slow and I had some trouble concentrating on it. But after the second chapter, where things went forward, the book became more fluid.

The story shows us the life of Ricardo Somocurcio, a translator for the UNESCO in the 60s. We know about his life, about the political and social things in Peru (his country) and in Europe (where he works). We also know about his pratically blind devotion to the bad girl, whom he loves and worships. Personally, I don't think it's love, but simply a minor obsession. But he does claim to love her and does everything in his power to show her that. She, on the other hand, uses him and his feelings to abuse the relationship. She leaves him one, two, three times, and always returns when she needs to, but never with real feelings, at least romentic ones. When it seems she's there to stay there she goes again and this time Ricardo convinces himseld that's it. But she comes back and in the end one can say they're together. But still the feeling of wrongness is there, and I don't think Ricardo deserves that.

It was a surprising read, I believed it would be boring but it was quite good to read, to follow. Recommended.

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