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The Bad Girl

By Mario Vargas Llosa & Edith Grossman
The Bad Girl by Mario Vargas Llosa & Edith Grossman digital book - Fable

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Publisher Description

A New York Times Notable Book of 2007

From Nobel Prize-winning author Mario Vargas Llosa comes The Bad Girl, a
"...splendid, suspenseful, and irresistible [novel]. . . A contemporary love story that explores the mores of the urban 1960s--and 70s and 80s."--The New York Times Book Review

Ricardo Somocurcio is in love with a bad girl. He loves her as a teenager known as "Lily" in Lima in 1950, when she flits into his life one summer and disappears again without explanation. He loves her still when she reappears as a revolutionary in 1960s Paris, then later as Mrs. Richardson, the wife of a wealthy Englishman, and again as the mistress of a sinister Japanese businessman in Tokyo. However poorly she treats him, he is doomed to worship her. Charting Ricardo's expatriate life through his romances with this shape-shifting woman, Vargas Llosa has created a beguiling, epic romance about the life-altering power of obsession.

21 Reviews

Anxious Face with sweat“A book about love without that romantic, puritanical idea of ​​perfection; a book also about life and the routine that eats away at our dreams and how passion redeems us from a life anchored to mediocrity and melancholy. Vargas Llosa, is and always will be one of my favorite writers.”
Believable charactersCharacters change and growDescriptive writing
“After unrequited love, perhaps it is love requited only in a chosen few moments does tragedy find its summit. 4.5 stars. Very, very, close to 5.”
“Read this for a class. Won't be doing a full review.”
“the secondary cast was 100x more interesting than te actual protagonists lol would have loved to learn more about the Bad Girl's personality instead of having to read endless descriptions of her body”

About Mario Vargas Llosa

Mario Vargas Llosa is Peru's foremost author and the winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature. In 1994 he was awarded the Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world's most distinguished literary honor, and in 1995 he won the Jerusalem Prize. His many distinguished works include The Storyteller, The Feast of the Goat, Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter, Death in the Andes, In Praise of the Stepmother, The Bad Girl, Conversation in the Cathedral, The Way to Paradise, and The War of the End of the World. He lives in London.

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