In Praise of the Stepmother: A Novel

Front Cover
Macmillan, Mar 4, 2011 - Fiction - 150 pages
75 Reviews

With meticulous observation and the seductive skill of a great storyteller, Vargas Llosa lures the reader into the shadow of perversion that, little by little, darkens the extraordinary happiness and harmony of his characters. The mysterious nature of happiness and above all, the corrupting power of innocence are the themes that underlie these pages, and the author has perfectly met the demands of the erotic novel, never dimming for an instant the fine poetic polish of his writing.

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

Review: In Praise of the Stepmother

User Review  - Goodreads

The plot is a stretch: a happily married second wife encourages the amorous yearnings of a pre-pubescent boy and ruins her marriage. The husband is an obsessive-compulsive type who spends an hour in ... Read full review

Review: In Praise of the Stepmother

User Review  - Goodreads

Four stars for being brief, for the intriguing beginning, and predictable but nicely executed turn. Also, apparently one of the characters is a vagina. It writes an entire chapter. Read full review

Other editions - View all

About the author (2011)

MARIO VARGAS LLOSA was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2010 "for his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual's resistance, revolt, and defeat." Peru's foremost writer, he has been awarded the Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world's most distinguished literary honor, and the Jerusalem Prize. His many works include The Feast of the Goat, The Bad Girl, Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter, The War of the End of the World, and The Storyteller. He lives in London.

Bibliographic information