The Storyteller
by Mario Vargas Llosa

Llosa won the Nobel Prize for literature this year. He is a Peruvian who now lives in Europe. This story is told partly by a Peruvian living in Florence, Italy, who finds a photograph in a gallery there that shows Amazon Indians listening to a man who presumably is a storyteller. Could the storyteller be an old friend from college in Peru who has gone native? More than half of the book consists of rambling, animistic, stories told by storytellers in the Amazon jungle. The only good story comes late in the book where the storyteller explains Jesus to the natives. The Jesus story fits with the local nonsense. The parts in the voice of the man in Florence are well written and intelligent. The rest of the book is crap.

Year Read: 2010

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