The Green House

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HarperCollins, Feb 1, 2005 - Fiction - 405 pages
8 Reviews

Mario Vargas Llosa's classic early novel takes place in a Peruvian town, situated between desert and jungle, which is torn by boredom and lust. Don Anselmo, a stranger in a black coat, builds a brothel on the outskirts of the town while he charms its innocent people, setting in motion a chain reaction with extraordinary consequences.

This brothel, called the Green House, brings together the innocent and the corrupt: Bonificia, a young Indian girl saved by the nuns only to become a prostitute; Father Garcia, struggling for the church; and four best friends drawn to both excitement and escape.

The conflicting forces that haunt the Green House evoke a world balanced between savagery and civilization -- and one that is cursed by not being able to discern between the two.

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Review: The Green House

User Review  - Jeremy Allan - Goodreads

Mario Vargas Llosa's politics are infuriating, but his fiction is a gift. This novel made me cry in the middle of a crowded kebab shop over a spicy pizza. That's a thumbs up, by my standards. Read full review

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User Review  - John Pappas - Goodreads

Llosa's depiction of life in and around a Peruvian brothel is a tale of brutal cruelty. The military, church, government and many independent businessmen exploit the area breeding corruption and ... Read full review

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About the author (2005)

Mario Vargas Llosa, uno de los mÁs destacados novelistas contemporÁneos latinoamericanos, se lanzÓ a la fama con su novela La ciudad y los perros que obtuvo el Premio Biblioteca Breve y el Premio de la CrÍtica. Novelas posteriores son, entre otras, La casa verde (Premio de la CrÍtica y Premio Internacional de Literatura RÓmulo Gallegos), ConversaciÓn en La Catedral, La guerra del fin del mundo y Lituma en los Andes con la que obtuvo el Premio Planeta 1993. Ha publicado tambiÉn obras teatrales, ensayos y memorias. En 1986 compartiÓ con Rafael Lapesa el Premio PrÍncipe de Asturias de las Letras y en 1994 se le concediÓ el Premio Miguel de Cervantes de Literatura.

Antonio Lobo Antunes, born in 1942, is the author of novels including "What Can I Do When Everything's On Fire?" and "Act of the Damned". He lives in Lisbon, Portugal.

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