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Tasurinchi and the fireflies.

They are both students and Mascarita has a big purple mole that covers half of his face. In the photo in the exhibition, the narrator believes he has seen the stained face of his old friend, dressed like a Machiguenga, at the center of a circle serving as a tribal storyteller.

Das erste, das ich von Mario E Llosa gelesen habe – um ehrlich zu sein, kein sonderlich guter Auftakt. The parts of the novel narrated by the storyteller are mostly the accounts of the mythological figures in the Machiguenga culture. I kept asking myself as I read The Storyteller”Is this really e or non-fiction?

View all 6 comments. Since the author is from Peru, he cannot resist taking in the exhibit.

Hani bu kadarini da beklemiyordum vatgas ya, ben bekliyordum aslinda. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I cannot describe the book very well, nor can I say how it reads in translation.

Works by Mario Vargas Llosa. If Mascarita was native to the tribe, his birthmark would have led to his immediate demise. Despite this appearance of incivility, Saul finally gets relatively flustered when discussing the fact that the Machiguengas kill any newborns who are imperfect. The photo that stops the narrator in his tracks is of a group of natives, sitting on their haunches, listening to a storyteller.

There are plenty of folk stories, creation myths, and well-known plots retold from re primitive perspective, but they are presented in a manner so unfriendly to the reader, so deliberately difficult, as to be hostile.

More than one voice tells this story. I don’t want to be ill-treated.

The Storyteller (Vargas Llosa novel) – Wikipedia

The red-headed, birthmarked Jew who disappears into the jungle is an extraordinary creation, as is his university friend, the narrator who finds himself in Florence at the beginning and end of the book.


At one point in the story the novelist-narrator describes how he struggled to write a book about his experiences in the Amazon but somehow his notes on his encounters with the Machiguengas always failed to come together. Statements consisting only of original research should be removed.

He finds that he recognizes some of the natives in the photos, especially the man he knew as The Storyteller. Plants, animals, and all the lingo that the tribe has for their chiefs, gods, white men, etc. The concept is interesting, about a Peruvian writer who goes to llossa photography exhibit of Machiguenga tribal members and is convinced one of the men is somehow varggas colleague from school.


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The tribal chapters are longer. Sounds different from the sounds of the forest. The result is that now many of us all over the world are eating hamburgers at McDonald’s.

Lo que pasa es que la forma de hablar de estos “Habladores” es diferente ya que mezclan legenda o mito con realidad. Because he is ”half Jewish and half monster” and so identifies with the outcast and the underdog? Not much of a review — I was just happy I finished it. Dec 30, Eventually Mascarita incorporates Western ideas such as stories from the Bible, and even Kafka’s “Metamorphosis” into his stories. I skipped large sections of this book as the myth sections didn’t capture my attention nor imagination.

Well, that’s because I always have a soft spot for mythology. By the last storyteller chapter, I am enchanted and fascinated. This intriguing opening then departs along two story lines, each with its own style: Achei o livro confuso e pouco estruturado.

I felt like Llosa was fascinated by the Machiguengan culture, the folk tales he hbalador heard, and also wanted an opportunity to make a political statement about cultural and religious indoctrination. I had been looking forward to reading Llosa while in Peru but this was really disappointing. At last, one night, after many nights, it happened. Was a bit disappointed by dd anticlimactic finish. For msrio measure, he includes several large chunks of Machiguenga myth, mostly featuring the adventures of one Tasurinchi, and later of an actual storyteller, who seems to I kept asking myself as Hablaodr read The Storyteller”Is this llosw fiction or non-fiction?

And with him we begin to circle around that question of acculturation, of the fatal impact of the industrial West on the wilderness and the so-called savage. If you are interested in Anthropology and South America this book will be interesting to you I I have had this book checked out from the library for the maximum number of renewals and finally finished it.


This was one of those books that you just have to stick with as it takes time for the light to go on and have it make sense. The book alternates chapters in which the author talks, with the more mysterious or different chapters when those tribal men talk. The sections of the book with the fables could have been shortened a bit while still giving the reader a good idea of the lives of the Machiguenga. Vargas Llosa creates, descriptively, this wonderful character: Lists with This Book.

Certainly the concerns of ”The Storyteller” are intellectual, ethical and artistic, all at once and brilliantly so. She gives the book an impressive review, praising Vargas Llosa’s ability to discuss the role of Western influence on the native and the overpowering impact of primitive culture on the white man. Time magazine comments on The Storyteller: But scientific detachment is itself in question when it reduces human beings to objects, pretending that the trained mind can understand human behavior without bias, without participation, without imagination and without moral concern.

As the novel progresses, however, the myths begin to relate to Jewish and Christian figures such as Jesus. At one point in the story the novelist-narrator describes how he struggled to write a book about his experiences in the Amazon but somehow his notes on his encounters with the Machiguengas always failed to come together.

From my perspective MVL does an extremely good job in presenting a world view that is vargqs different from mine. His assimilation into a pre-historic lifestyle is indicative of our ability to delayer as humans and return to our origins.