The Feast of the Goat

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Macmillan, 2001 - Fiction - 404 pages
56 Reviews
A" Library Journal" Best Book
Vargas Llosa's vivid historical portrait of a regime of fear and its aftermath
It is 1961. The Dominican Republic languishes under economic sanctions; the Catholic church spurs its clergy against the government; from its highest ranks down, the country is arrested in bone-chilling fear. In "The Feast of the Goat" Vargas Llosa unflinchingly tells the story of a regime's final days and the unsteady efforts of the men who would replace it. His narrative skates between the rituals of the hated dictator, Rafael Trujillo, in his daily routine, and the laying-in-wait of the assasins who will kill him; their initial triumph; and the shock of fear's release--and replacements. In the novel's final chapters we learn Urania Cabral's story, self-imposed exile whose father was Trujillo's cowardly Secretary of State. Drawn back to the country of her birth from 30 years after Trujillo's assasination, the widening scope of the dictator's cruelty finds expression in her story, and a rapt audience in her extended family.
In "The Feast of the Goat," Vargas Llosa weighs the burden of a corrupt and corruptive regime upon the people who live beneath it. This is a moving portrait of an unrepentant dictator and the unwilling citizens drawn into his orbit.

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Definitely a page turner, but it felt a bit tidy. - Goodreads
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Plot: multiple perspectives, masterfully interwoven. - Goodreads
Nothing to rave about the prose either. - Goodreads
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User Review  - Pratik - Goodreads

A gripping dive into the politics of the Trujillo era in the history of the Dominican Republic. It is part fiction (though, as the author says, without exaggeration) and substantially based on ... Read full review

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User Review  - Alumine Andrew - Goodreads

This is a difficult book. Not lacking in interest and well written, but I just struggled to read and finish it. Although I am bilingual Spanish/English I found it difficult to keep track of all the ... Read full review

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Mario Vargas Llosa is Peru's foremost writer. In 1995 he was awarded the Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world's most distinguished literary honor, and the Jerusalem Prize. His many other works include The Real Life of Alejandro Mayta, Who Killed Palomino Molero?, and The Storyteller. He lives in London.

Edith Grossman has translated the poetry and prose of major Spanish-language authors, including Gabriel García Marquez, Alvaro Mutis, and Mayra Montero, as well as Mario Vargas Llosa.

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