Elogio de la madrastra

Elogio de la madrastra❰Ebook❯ ➢ Elogio de la madrastra Author Mario Vargas Llosa – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk Con la sabidur a del meticuloso observador que es y gracias a la seductora ceremonia del bien contar, Vargas Llosa nos induce sin paliativos a dejarnos prender en la red sutil de perversidad que, poco Con la sabidur a del meticuloso observador que es y gracias a la seductora ceremonia del bien contar, Vargas Llosa Elogio de PDF \ nos induce sin paliativos a dejarnos prender en la red sutil de perversidad que, poco a poco, va enredando y ensombreciendo las extraordinarias armon a y felicidad que unen en la plena satisfacci n de sus deseos a la sensual do a Lucrecia, la madrastra, a don Rigoberto, el padre, practicante de rituales higi nicos y fantaseador amante de su amada esposa, y al inquietante Fonchito, el hijo, cuya angelical presencia y anhelante mirada parecen corromperlo todo La reflexi n m ltiple sobre la felicidad, sus oscuras motivaciones y los parad jicos entresijos del poder putrefactor de la inocencia, que subyace en cada una de sus p ginas, sostiene una narraci n que cumple con la exigencias del g nero sin por ello deslucir la rica filigrana po tica de la escritura. In a Danish film when a schoolteacher is accused of sexually abusing a girl it is as though the accusation proves the guilt the seriousness of the offence leaves no room for hesitation It is believed that innocent children unsullied by life s deceptions always tell the truth But later it transpires that the child described things, that could only be interpreted as sexual abuse, to spite her teacher against whom she had held a small grudge Even so the man is unable to wash off the stigma He In a Danish film when a schoolteacher is accused of sexually abusing a girl it is as though the accusation proves the guilt the seriousness of the offence leaves no room for hesitation It is believed that innocent children unsullied by life s deceptions always tell the truth But later it transpires that the child described things, that could only be interpreted as sexual abuse, to spite her teacher against whom she had held a small grudge Even so the man is unable to wash off the stigma He is forced to resign from his job and socially boycotted, leaving his life in total disarray But when little Alfonso shows a composition he s written for school titled In Praise of the Stepmother, his father is in for a brutal shock everything he s written is cent percent true Here we have a mind boggling story that contrasts the corrupting power of innocence with our assumptions of children s purity and their inability to act in ways we only associate with devious adults Here lies Don Rigerbto, who contrived to love the epigastrium of his spouse as much as her vulva or her tongue, he philosophically projected as a fitting epitaph on the marble of his tomb Would that mortuary motto be a lie Not in the slightest Don Rigoberto couldn t have asked forAt an age when things begin to go downhill his fascination with the art of erotic painting has found a perfect companion in Do a Lucrecia, and together they enact baffling erotic pantomimes every night, preceded by obsessive physical cleaning, without which Don Rigoberto s measure of happiness is incomplete The bliss he finds in the privacy of his bathroom and in his wife s bed compensates for the dull and inconsequential life as an insurance agency employee He is a young man again, full of erotic promise For a night reserved for cleaning the ears he muses Happiness exists , he repeated to himself, in one s own body and in that of one s beloved, for instance by oneself and in the bathroom for hours or minutes on a bed with the being so ardently desired It was hidden, a pearl in its seashell, in certain rites and ceremonial duties that offered human being brief flashes and optical illusions of perfection Happiness lies hidden inall that rich and subtle biological orography that lay beneath the smooth epidermis of Lucrecia s belly.Do a Lucrecia s happiness, however, is marred by fears of rejection from her stepson, that sweet darling, cherubic face, golden locks, honeyed skin, innocent countenance everything is likeable about that perfection of adolescence He is an angel straight out of a Renaissance painting Lucrecia thinks Alfonso would hate her for taking the place of his dead mother, but his affability comes as a pleasant surprise It is not long before he confounds his stepmother with the outpouring of his love Alfonsito s attention appeared to be riveted on his stepmother s hands He had seized them and was kissing them lingeringly, timidly, with fervent devotion Then, as he rubbed them against his satiny cheek, Do a Luncrecia heard him murmur in a very soft voice, as though he were addressing only the slender fingers that he was squeezing so hard I love you a lot, stepmother A whole lot.Don t ever treat me again the way you have lately, because I ll kill myself I swear to you I ll kill myself Alfonso s indiscretions are that of a young boy on the cusp of pubescence, she thinks, and reluctantly tolerates his advances But without a hint of guile or cunning, without a scintilla of shame in his blue green eyes, without a trace of embarrassment on his angelic face, our sweet Alfonso stuns the reader and his stepmother But Lucrecia isn t just being a kind stepmother when on Alfonso s touch she feels stirrings of an unknown ecstasy welling up inside her.From that night on, she was certain that the clandestine meetings with the boy, however obscure and complicated, however difficult to explain, enriched her marital relation, taking it by surprise and thus giving it a fresh start But what kind of morality is this, Lucrecia She couldn t understand it, and made no attempt to do so One morning, on opening her eyes, the phrase I have won sovereignty came to her She felt fortunate and emancipated, but could not have said what it was that she had been freed from.There is a fascinating reworking of the main story through the inclusion of five paintings in the body of the narrative The writer transports the characters into the setting of the paintings and retells the story of their milieu In each one of the painting a Luciferian spirit of an Alfonso masquerading as a benevolent presence tests the limits of established morality This leads me to think that the writer, perhaps, intended to portray the original Alfonso of the main story as a beautiful and ironic reincarnation of Satan the total embodiment of evil in the Abrahamic faith tradition In one painting he comes across as a shrewd prime minister of the King of Lydia who contrives to make the king show him the queen naked in bed in another he is a young goatherd hiding in the cover of woods who takes furtive ganders at the naked luminosity of Lord Rigoberto s wife, exciting ever Do a s desire for her maidservant In the abstract painting he is an insidious presence in the foul mingling of blood and semen and in another he s a musician who is put there by Don Rigoberto so that Do a Lucrecia could look at his youthful countenance to arouse her desire and thus make her ready for Don Rigoberto s bed Titian, Venus with Cupid and Music, oil on canvas, The Prado, MadridWhen the organ player looks at where his gaze is fixed, what is he finding There is something there that attracts his eyes in the late afternoon each day, with the imperiousness of a stroke of fate or the magic of a witch s spell Something like the divination that, at the foot of the sunlit mound of Venus, in the tender cleft protected by the rounded columns of the lady s thighs, resilient, red, moist with the dew of her privateness, pours forth the fountain of life and pleasure In just a little while now, our lord and master Don Rigoberto will bend down to drink ambrosia from it Jordan Jordaens, Candaules, King of Lydia, showing his wife to Prime Minister Gyges 1648 , oil on canvas The National Museum of Stockholm There are those who soon tire of their lawfully wedded wife The routine of married life kills desire, they philosophize what illusory hope can swell and revive the veins of a man who sleeps, for months and years, with the same woman Yet, despite our having been wed for so long a time, Lucrecia, my lady, does not bore me When I go off on tiger and elephant hunts, the memory of her makes my heart beat faster, just as in the first days, and when I caress a slave girl or some camp follower so as to relieve the loneliness of nights in a field tent, my hands always experience a keen disappointment those are merely backsides, buttocks, rumps, asses Only hers O Beloved is the croup.There s lots to deal with Llosa with his too keen an eye and too liberal a pen, but with consummate clat, has told a bunch of scintillating stories whose every line makes you a philosopher of the mysterious origins of happiness, of sexual fulfillment, the grey areas of hebephilia, relationships that may become incestuous stepmother stepson , and, above all, the dark, pervasive evil that lives at the core of humanity and sullies its name.Written March 15 I hesitate between 3 and 4 stars here As always, the writing is fantastic There are also five chapters which give dialog to paintings by Jordaens, Boucher, Francis Bacon, Szyslo, and Fra Angelico which are gorgeous But the premise of incest initiated by the kid is, well, disturbing That being said, there is also 3 pages on Don Rogoberto taking a shit which is insane as well Not my favorite MVL, but a short and interesting read. Only the Marquis de Sade has succeeded in crafting an epic erotic novel He made a whole list of very dirty acts into a catalog of love a true art piece Mario Vargas Llosa has 150 pages to make the Reader feel aroused and inspired by his prose construction, and it gets done In Praise of the Stepmother is seemingly simple, yet this is its Post modern edge there is art commentary occurring concurrently with the plot s development Gosh how I envy these spouts with the muse Vargas Llosa is Only the Marquis de Sade has succeeded in crafting an epic erotic novel He made a whole list of very dirty acts into a catalog of love a true art piece Mario Vargas Llosa has 150 pages to make the Reader feel aroused and inspired by his prose construction, and it gets done In Praise of the Stepmother is seemingly simple, yet this is its Post modern edge there is art commentary occurring concurrently with the plot s development Gosh how I envy these spouts with the muse Vargas Llosa is open to all types of stimuli, most of them are sexual told about incredibly well Very tasteful that is quite a feat when you consider the novel s narrative about a stepmother who sleeps with her underage stepson This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here In Praise of the Stepmother is a thought provoking fantasia on innocence, sex, and art which never fails to force us into questioning our most precious of assumptions Not wishing to have our own little bourgeois moralities threatened is, I suppose, one reason why many people have dismissed this novel as disgusting or immoral or something equally nonsensical At its core rests a simple story After a failed marriage with his young son Alfonso s mother, Don Rigoberto marries Dona Lucrecia, In Praise of the Stepmother is a thought provoking fantasia on innocence, sex, and art which never fails to force us into questioning our most precious of assumptions Not wishing to have our own little bourgeois moralities threatened is, I suppose, one reason why many people have dismissed this novel as disgusting or immoral or something equally nonsensical At its core rests a simple story After a failed marriage with his young son Alfonso s mother, Don Rigoberto marries Dona Lucrecia, a woman whom he truly adores and is certainly erotically infatuated with On the first page of the novel, Alfonso, a boy of ten or twelve, leaves a note on his stepmother s pillow congratulating her on her fortieth birthday, and saying that he will do his best to become first in his class to reward her This is the inaugurating move in a cat and mouse game that drives the entire novel forward in a series of events that reaches its apex in a lurid sexual encounter between Alfonso and Lucrecia which occurs while Rigoberto is on a business trip She does not deliberately set out to do this, yet still has found herself titillated by the occasional fugitive thought of her and her stepson in coitus At the very end of the novel, we find out that Alfonso wrote an essay for school in which he details his erotic relationship with his mother and, to make matters worse, read it to his father Why We don t know In the last pages of the book, the housekeeper asks Alfonso why he would do such an insidious thing to the stepmother he loved so much, to which he replies, I did it for you, seemingly setting the entire wheel rolling toward tragedy and destruction onceVargas Llosa artfully interlards the worlds of the erotic and sensual the lovemaking of Lucrecia and Rigoberto with Rigoberto s mundane daily ablutions the trimming of his nose hairs, the application of cologne to his body, the special care that he gives his feet and hands This spiritual aubade to the body, which apparently bored so many readers, is what drew me in and made turned the reading into an almost ecstatic experience This was only heightened by the six exquisite colored plates that are placed in the novel to accentuate themes in the story Alfonso s duplicity or was it duplicity after all asks, as Slavoj Zizek has done by other means, Isn t love the ultimate act of violence After this novel, it is impossible not to see the ulterior and tenebrous underbelly of the most innocent of gestures Whose desire is outlawed, Lucrecia s or the boy s Can Don Rigoberto somehow turn outside that scrutiny to which he so easily applies to himself in his daily bath in order to answer what has happened under his roof Some of these questions are never answered, but the way Vargas Llosa asks them makes reconciling one s self to the novel and its moral imperatives deliciously fun It s funny how things stick in your head.I remember reading this and thinking These stories are supposed to be erotic Am I really supposed to be turned on by loving descriptions of some guy clipping his toenails in a certain shape, or another one cleansing out his colon Really Then I got older, and realized that people are farfucked up than the folk Vargas Llosa wrote about. I don t even want to start on thisincest and monsters and creatures and domination and organs and someincest The only thing that made this book readable is llosa s style other than that, horrible. Disturbing but well written although too short What I don t really like is the ending for it demonises the victim even if the victim seems to have known what he was doing he was still a 9 year old, a child I thus cannot understand why Lucrecia seems to gather people s sympathies She was a pedophile, even if she comes across as loving. As an avid reader of Sade and Masoch I m in no way opposed to the book s moral ambiguity.My problem with this book is the shameless fetishism between shallow characters that lack the psychological depth and motivation for their actions, and instead of giving us aelaborate description of the characters, half the book is filled with tiresome ramblings that distract one from the already half hearted story So we end up with a total of 60 pages, divided between 3 characters.One of the worst bo As an avid reader of Sade and Masoch I m in no way opposed to the book s moral ambiguity.My problem with this book is the shameless fetishism between shallow characters that lack the psychological depth and motivation for their actions, and instead of giving us aelaborate description of the characters, half the book is filled with tiresome ramblings that distract one from the already half hearted story So we end up with a total of 60 pages, divided between 3 characters.One of the worst books I have ever read There are some comments in the reviews that advocate the burning of this book a stanceinsidious and disturbing than any to be found amongst its pages Literature can, and should be, transgressive If you want to read like minds, in like worlds, spouting like values, I suggest you read your diary instead And for the record, the ten year old Alfonso is undoubtedly the villain of the piece he ll be burying bodies under the patio by the time he s thirty. I made the unfortunate decision to fight my tendency to be an ADD reader and promised myself I would finish one book before picking up another right before choosing In Praise of the Stepmother I can t stand the Don Rigoberto character It s supposed to be a novel about a step mother who discovers that her 10 year old step son has a crush on her But it turns out to be this long description of Don Rigoberto s erotic enjoyment of elaborate personal hygiene rituals And then, if that wasn t bad I made the unfortunate decision to fight my tendency to be an ADD reader and promised myself I would finish one book before picking up another right before choosing In Praise of the Stepmother I can t stand the Don Rigoberto character It s supposed to be a novel about a step mother who discovers that her 10 year old step son has a crush on her But it turns out to be this long description of Don Rigoberto s erotic enjoyment of elaborate personal hygiene rituals And then, if that wasn t bad enough when the stepmother discovers the boy s crush she indulges him and they begin a physical relationship UGggh And then, what is supposed to be the artistic side of the book, these alternating chapters of dream fantasy interpretation of famous works of art is justof the same lewd story This is torture to keep my promise, I ll compromise with myself and skip the art fantasy chapters and skim the rest I can t imagine the end of the book redeeming this disgusting story I rarely get rid of books, but I m thinking of burning this one And can you believe that Llosa wrote a companion book to this one called The Notebooks of Don Rigoberto Actually I m too cheap to burn the books I ll probably try to resell them to some used book shop Finally I m finished with this book Done, off to the used book shop, I ll never read this one again and I don t want it on my shelf

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    Elogio de la madrastra PDF/EPUB Ç Elogio de PDF \ Lucrecia, la madrastra, a don Rigoberto, el padre, practicante de rituales higi nicos y fantaseador amante de su amada esposa, y al inquietante Fonchito, el hijo, cuya angelical presencia y anhelante mirada parecen corromperlo todo La reflexi n m ltiple sobre la felicidad, sus oscuras motivaciones y los parad jicos entresijos del poder putrefactor de la inocencia, que subyace en cada una de sus p ginas, sostiene una narraci n que cumple con la exigencias del g nero sin por ello deslucir la rica filigrana po tica de la escritura. In a Danish film when a schoolteacher is accused of sexually abusing a girl it is as though the accusation proves the guilt the seriousness of the offence leaves no room for hesitation It is believed that innocent children unsullied by life s deceptions always tell the truth But later it transpires that the child described things, that could only be interpreted as sexual abuse, to spite her teacher against whom she had held a small grudge Even so the man is unable to wash off the stigma He In a Danish film when a schoolteacher is accused of sexually abusing a girl it is as though the accusation proves the guilt the seriousness of the offence leaves no room for hesitation It is believed that innocent children unsullied by life s deceptions always tell the truth But later it transpires that the child described things, that could only be interpreted as sexual abuse, to spite her teacher against whom she had held a small grudge Even so the man is unable to wash off the stigma He is forced to resign from his job and socially boycotted, leaving his life in total disarray But when little Alfonso shows a composition he s written for school titled In Praise of the Stepmother, his father is in for a brutal shock everything he s written is cent percent true Here we have a mind boggling story that contrasts the corrupting power of innocence with our assumptions of children s purity and their inability to act in ways we only associate with devious adults Here lies Don Rigerbto, who contrived to love the epigastrium of his spouse as much as her vulva or her tongue, he philosophically projected as a fitting epitaph on the marble of his tomb Would that mortuary motto be a lie Not in the slightest Don Rigoberto couldn t have asked forAt an age when things begin to go downhill his fascination with the art of erotic painting has found a perfect companion in Do a Lucrecia, and together they enact baffling erotic pantomimes every night, preceded by obsessive physical cleaning, without which Don Rigoberto s measure of happiness is incomplete The bliss he finds in the privacy of his bathroom and in his wife s bed compensates for the dull and inconsequential life as an insurance agency employee He is a young man again, full of erotic promise For a night reserved for cleaning the ears he muses Happiness exists , he repeated to himself, in one s own body and in that of one s beloved, for instance by oneself and in the bathroom for hours or minutes on a bed with the being so ardently desired It was hidden, a pearl in its seashell, in certain rites and ceremonial duties that offered human being brief flashes and optical illusions of perfection Happiness lies hidden inall that rich and subtle biological orography that lay beneath the smooth epidermis of Lucrecia s belly.Do a Lucrecia s happiness, however, is marred by fears of rejection from her stepson, that sweet darling, cherubic face, golden locks, honeyed skin, innocent countenance everything is likeable about that perfection of adolescence He is an angel straight out of a Renaissance painting Lucrecia thinks Alfonso would hate her for taking the place of his dead mother, but his affability comes as a pleasant surprise It is not long before he confounds his stepmother with the outpouring of his love Alfonsito s attention appeared to be riveted on his stepmother s hands He had seized them and was kissing them lingeringly, timidly, with fervent devotion Then, as he rubbed them against his satiny cheek, Do a Luncrecia heard him murmur in a very soft voice, as though he were addressing only the slender fingers that he was squeezing so hard I love you a lot, stepmother A whole lot.Don t ever treat me again the way you have lately, because I ll kill myself I swear to you I ll kill myself Alfonso s indiscretions are that of a young boy on the cusp of pubescence, she thinks, and reluctantly tolerates his advances But without a hint of guile or cunning, without a scintilla of shame in his blue green eyes, without a trace of embarrassment on his angelic face, our sweet Alfonso stuns the reader and his stepmother But Lucrecia isn t just being a kind stepmother when on Alfonso s touch she feels stirrings of an unknown ecstasy welling up inside her.From that night on, she was certain that the clandestine meetings with the boy, however obscure and complicated, however difficult to explain, enriched her marital relation, taking it by surprise and thus giving it a fresh start But what kind of morality is this, Lucrecia She couldn t understand it, and made no attempt to do so One morning, on opening her eyes, the phrase I have won sovereignty came to her She felt fortunate and emancipated, but could not have said what it was that she had been freed from.There is a fascinating reworking of the main story through the inclusion of five paintings in the body of the narrative The writer transports the characters into the setting of the paintings and retells the story of their milieu In each one of the painting a Luciferian spirit of an Alfonso masquerading as a benevolent presence tests the limits of established morality This leads me to think that the writer, perhaps, intended to portray the original Alfonso of the main story as a beautiful and ironic reincarnation of Satan the total embodiment of evil in the Abrahamic faith tradition In one painting he comes across as a shrewd prime minister of the King of Lydia who contrives to make the king show him the queen naked in bed in another he is a young goatherd hiding in the cover of woods who takes furtive ganders at the naked luminosity of Lord Rigoberto s wife, exciting ever Do a s desire for her maidservant In the abstract painting he is an insidious presence in the foul mingling of blood and semen and in another he s a musician who is put there by Don Rigoberto so that Do a Lucrecia could look at his youthful countenance to arouse her desire and thus make her ready for Don Rigoberto s bed Titian, Venus with Cupid and Music, oil on canvas, The Prado, MadridWhen the organ player looks at where his gaze is fixed, what is he finding There is something there that attracts his eyes in the late afternoon each day, with the imperiousness of a stroke of fate or the magic of a witch s spell Something like the divination that, at the foot of the sunlit mound of Venus, in the tender cleft protected by the rounded columns of the lady s thighs, resilient, red, moist with the dew of her privateness, pours forth the fountain of life and pleasure In just a little while now, our lord and master Don Rigoberto will bend down to drink ambrosia from it Jordan Jordaens, Candaules, King of Lydia, showing his wife to Prime Minister Gyges 1648 , oil on canvas The National Museum of Stockholm There are those who soon tire of their lawfully wedded wife The routine of married life kills desire, they philosophize what illusory hope can swell and revive the veins of a man who sleeps, for months and years, with the same woman Yet, despite our having been wed for so long a time, Lucrecia, my lady, does not bore me When I go off on tiger and elephant hunts, the memory of her makes my heart beat faster, just as in the first days, and when I caress a slave girl or some camp follower so as to relieve the loneliness of nights in a field tent, my hands always experience a keen disappointment those are merely backsides, buttocks, rumps, asses Only hers O Beloved is the croup.There s lots to deal with Llosa with his too keen an eye and too liberal a pen, but with consummate clat, has told a bunch of scintillating stories whose every line makes you a philosopher of the mysterious origins of happiness, of sexual fulfillment, the grey areas of hebephilia, relationships that may become incestuous stepmother stepson , and, above all, the dark, pervasive evil that lives at the core of humanity and sullies its name.Written March 15 I hesitate between 3 and 4 stars here As always, the writing is fantastic There are also five chapters which give dialog to paintings by Jordaens, Boucher, Francis Bacon, Szyslo, and Fra Angelico which are gorgeous But the premise of incest initiated by the kid is, well, disturbing That being said, there is also 3 pages on Don Rogoberto taking a shit which is insane as well Not my favorite MVL, but a short and interesting read. Only the Marquis de Sade has succeeded in crafting an epic erotic novel He made a whole list of very dirty acts into a catalog of love a true art piece Mario Vargas Llosa has 150 pages to make the Reader feel aroused and inspired by his prose construction, and it gets done In Praise of the Stepmother is seemingly simple, yet this is its Post modern edge there is art commentary occurring concurrently with the plot s development Gosh how I envy these spouts with the muse Vargas Llosa is Only the Marquis de Sade has succeeded in crafting an epic erotic novel He made a whole list of very dirty acts into a catalog of love a true art piece Mario Vargas Llosa has 150 pages to make the Reader feel aroused and inspired by his prose construction, and it gets done In Praise of the Stepmother is seemingly simple, yet this is its Post modern edge there is art commentary occurring concurrently with the plot s development Gosh how I envy these spouts with the muse Vargas Llosa is open to all types of stimuli, most of them are sexual told about incredibly well Very tasteful that is quite a feat when you consider the novel s narrative about a stepmother who sleeps with her underage stepson This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here In Praise of the Stepmother is a thought provoking fantasia on innocence, sex, and art which never fails to force us into questioning our most precious of assumptions Not wishing to have our own little bourgeois moralities threatened is, I suppose, one reason why many people have dismissed this novel as disgusting or immoral or something equally nonsensical At its core rests a simple story After a failed marriage with his young son Alfonso s mother, Don Rigoberto marries Dona Lucrecia, In Praise of the Stepmother is a thought provoking fantasia on innocence, sex, and art which never fails to force us into questioning our most precious of assumptions Not wishing to have our own little bourgeois moralities threatened is, I suppose, one reason why many people have dismissed this novel as disgusting or immoral or something equally nonsensical At its core rests a simple story After a failed marriage with his young son Alfonso s mother, Don Rigoberto marries Dona Lucrecia, a woman whom he truly adores and is certainly erotically infatuated with On the first page of the novel, Alfonso, a boy of ten or twelve, leaves a note on his stepmother s pillow congratulating her on her fortieth birthday, and saying that he will do his best to become first in his class to reward her This is the inaugurating move in a cat and mouse game that drives the entire novel forward in a series of events that reaches its apex in a lurid sexual encounter between Alfonso and Lucrecia which occurs while Rigoberto is on a business trip She does not deliberately set out to do this, yet still has found herself titillated by the occasional fugitive thought of her and her stepson in coitus At the very end of the novel, we find out that Alfonso wrote an essay for school in which he details his erotic relationship with his mother and, to make matters worse, read it to his father Why We don t know In the last pages of the book, the housekeeper asks Alfonso why he would do such an insidious thing to the stepmother he loved so much, to which he replies, I did it for you, seemingly setting the entire wheel rolling toward tragedy and destruction onceVargas Llosa artfully interlards the worlds of the erotic and sensual the lovemaking of Lucrecia and Rigoberto with Rigoberto s mundane daily ablutions the trimming of his nose hairs, the application of cologne to his body, the special care that he gives his feet and hands This spiritual aubade to the body, which apparently bored so many readers, is what drew me in and made turned the reading into an almost ecstatic experience This was only heightened by the six exquisite colored plates that are placed in the novel to accentuate themes in the story Alfonso s duplicity or was it duplicity after all asks, as Slavoj Zizek has done by other means, Isn t love the ultimate act of violence After this novel, it is impossible not to see the ulterior and tenebrous underbelly of the most innocent of gestures Whose desire is outlawed, Lucrecia s or the boy s Can Don Rigoberto somehow turn outside that scrutiny to which he so easily applies to himself in his daily bath in order to answer what has happened under his roof Some of these questions are never answered, but the way Vargas Llosa asks them makes reconciling one s self to the novel and its moral imperatives deliciously fun It s funny how things stick in your head.I remember reading this and thinking These stories are supposed to be erotic Am I really supposed to be turned on by loving descriptions of some guy clipping his toenails in a certain shape, or another one cleansing out his colon Really Then I got older, and realized that people are farfucked up than the folk Vargas Llosa wrote about. I don t even want to start on thisincest and monsters and creatures and domination and organs and someincest The only thing that made this book readable is llosa s style other than that, horrible. Disturbing but well written although too short What I don t really like is the ending for it demonises the victim even if the victim seems to have known what he was doing he was still a 9 year old, a child I thus cannot understand why Lucrecia seems to gather people s sympathies She was a pedophile, even if she comes across as loving. As an avid reader of Sade and Masoch I m in no way opposed to the book s moral ambiguity.My problem with this book is the shameless fetishism between shallow characters that lack the psychological depth and motivation for their actions, and instead of giving us aelaborate description of the characters, half the book is filled with tiresome ramblings that distract one from the already half hearted story So we end up with a total of 60 pages, divided between 3 characters.One of the worst bo As an avid reader of Sade and Masoch I m in no way opposed to the book s moral ambiguity.My problem with this book is the shameless fetishism between shallow characters that lack the psychological depth and motivation for their actions, and instead of giving us aelaborate description of the characters, half the book is filled with tiresome ramblings that distract one from the already half hearted story So we end up with a total of 60 pages, divided between 3 characters.One of the worst books I have ever read There are some comments in the reviews that advocate the burning of this book a stanceinsidious and disturbing than any to be found amongst its pages Literature can, and should be, transgressive If you want to read like minds, in like worlds, spouting like values, I suggest you read your diary instead And for the record, the ten year old Alfonso is undoubtedly the villain of the piece he ll be burying bodies under the patio by the time he s thirty. I made the unfortunate decision to fight my tendency to be an ADD reader and promised myself I would finish one book before picking up another right before choosing In Praise of the Stepmother I can t stand the Don Rigoberto character It s supposed to be a novel about a step mother who discovers that her 10 year old step son has a crush on her But it turns out to be this long description of Don Rigoberto s erotic enjoyment of elaborate personal hygiene rituals And then, if that wasn t bad I made the unfortunate decision to fight my tendency to be an ADD reader and promised myself I would finish one book before picking up another right before choosing In Praise of the Stepmother I can t stand the Don Rigoberto character It s supposed to be a novel about a step mother who discovers that her 10 year old step son has a crush on her But it turns out to be this long description of Don Rigoberto s erotic enjoyment of elaborate personal hygiene rituals And then, if that wasn t bad enough when the stepmother discovers the boy s crush she indulges him and they begin a physical relationship UGggh And then, what is supposed to be the artistic side of the book, these alternating chapters of dream fantasy interpretation of famous works of art is justof the same lewd story This is torture to keep my promise, I ll compromise with myself and skip the art fantasy chapters and skim the rest I can t imagine the end of the book redeeming this disgusting story I rarely get rid of books, but I m thinking of burning this one And can you believe that Llosa wrote a companion book to this one called The Notebooks of Don Rigoberto Actually I m too cheap to burn the books I ll probably try to resell them to some used book shop Finally I m finished with this book Done, off to the used book shop, I ll never read this one again and I don t want it on my shelf "/>
  • Paperback
  • 198 pages
  • Elogio de la madrastra
  • Mario Vargas Llosa
  • Spanish
  • 10 June 2019
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